Future PAF members in the making – Books to teach them the skills ;)

Education is a universal human right and books play an important part in attaining it. Books are scarse in Zambian schools. Usually the “pupil to book ratio” is 1 to 4, so one book for 4 kids…This is worse in homes as village homes never stock books.

To provide books for kids PAF has come up with a plan for a village library. Our library room will be ready very soon as furniture is being made.Β Thanks to good-hearted people out there we sometimes recieve books for our kids.

This timeΒ our friends from Australia have donated books to stock up the library. Thanks to Guama School, Liane Hornig and all who have donated books. Twalumba! πŸ™‚ You brought a lot of smiles to the village and our kids!

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

The books cover all aspects of life relevant to kids all over the world. We received books for entertainment and education. All aspects of learning have been catered for, such as subjects like History, Geography, Science and Crafts…but also a lot of story books.

Books for the library
Books for the library

So when you visit PAF library be assured that you will find adventures of Alice in Wonderland and books on how to grow potatoes or how to sew a shirt.

Apart from kids books our library has novels ranging from wild west adventures to The Book Thief.

A lot of books are still needed and our humble appeal from our well wishers is to continue helping us. Thank you so much!

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Future PAF members in the making – Books to teach them the skills ;)

PAF Reading Circle

Ever been attending a book club? Reading a book and talking about it, analyzing it and interpreting it. Well…we do have a PAF reading circle in Chinkonono now. Well…it is probably not quite as professional and conversations might not be as deep. But our kids gather at our PAF Center regularly after school to read books and exchange stories they read.

Thanks to our friends and donors like Murray and Niki those kids finally have access to books and can practice reading, the english language and most importantly kick-start their creativity and imagination. It is amazing to see their sparkling eyes focus on the pages. You can really see them diving right into their stories πŸ™‚

And who knows…maybe some day one of those kids will start writing their own story or book πŸ˜‰

On a side note: We are still trying to solve the problem of lights inside the library. We hope to raise funds for solar panels so that we can install solar powered lights inside the building and thus enable them to also read inside. We are working on it πŸ™‚

PAF Reading Circle

No looking back? Well…we do a bit :)

Planting A Future is such an amazing project. And it is growing so fast. So many things we need to do and that we want to do. Sometimes it is hard to focus on our running project so as to finish those before starting the next thing πŸ˜‰

Our achievements are overwhelming at times. Especially for people in Chinkonono Village and for Lloyd. He sat down and wrote a nice review of the past 6 and a bit months. Please take a few minutes to read what he has to say!


As we enter the second quarter of this year lets take while to look back at awe-inspiring moments and events! πŸ™‚
A lot has happened to PAF, both locally and internationally, and at times these incidents, events and moments have left most of us speechless and in awe. In other words these have jolted us out of the ordinary into the extraordinary and brought us to a better understanding of humanity, without the usual facade of race, religion, culture, ethinicity, tribe and social class. It showed us that humanity is just one big family.
To everyone who has been following the developments at PAF it is evident that like-minded people from all over the world have made so much sacrifice to bring a smile or change the lives of Chinkonono people for the better. All this has been done while the world is groaning under the global financial meltdown, terrorism, refugee crisis and climate changes.
There were many awe-inspiring moments and it is impossible to highlight all of them. Everyone of them made PAF what it is today.

  • While we were struggling with resources to put basic stuff together, a dying man requested his family not to buy flowers for his wreaths but to give the money to PAF so that we could buy the materials for the greenhouse. We will always remember you. May you rest in peace! Thank you so much to Baumschule BΓΆsl!
  • Under very difficult financial challenges our friends from Repairer Of The Breach bought the village women sewing machines and fabrics and Bruni donated money to construct the first building of our community center that now houses a sewing room and library.
  • Bruni, for the second time, visited Zambia to check on PAF activities, live in the village so as to understand village challenges and learn the lives of the people. It is during this visit when PAF became an NGO with structured activities. More info, the statute and membership forms will be online soon!
  • Our friend Murray from Australia organised for books for our village kids. This was achieved at great financial cost and sacrifice from a lot of people in Australia.
  • PAF recieved breadfruit seedlings for the second time. Our partners at the Breadfruit Institute in Hawaii together with Global Breadfruit and Cultivaris donated trees as a christmas gift to the village. This was such a great surprise as we did not expect any seedlings due to the challenges we had faced the first time we were given seedlings.
  • The ladies of Repairer Of The Breach also donated money for a christmas feast to the village. This has been unprecedented. Never in the history of the village has everyone come together to celebrate christmas. Only a couple of families used to do it while the rest of the village had no food due to lack of money and food.
  • We are also setting up our school sponsorship programme to help vulnerable families pay for their kids’ school fees and thus give them a chance to get education. The first kids already found sponsors. Please contact us for further information if you are interested to change a child’s life!
Little James recieving money from his sponsor to go to school
Little James recieving money from his sponsor to go to school

These are some of the events which will remain in the mind of the village and PAF members for a lifetime. These have shown the world that love has no boundaries.
On behalf of PAF I thank everyone who has made PAF what it is today. The story of this success will be incomplete without Patrick Thompson, Jacqueline Mapande, Stan Watt, Murray Quant, Diane, Garry, Amy, Josh, Blair and all the rest of our well wishers… THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

No looking back? Well…we do a bit :)

Brick by Brick

You heard about TIA…This Is Africa πŸ˜‰ Everything seems to be working in a slower pace, so does our construction side for the sewing room and library. But eventually we will get there. It is all in the making and we are hoping to finish the building very soon, and still according to our building schedule. It is just a rough task to construct a building with close to no financial means. But we wouldn’t be Planting a Future if that would throw us back.

Are you as curious about it as I was? Well…I could convince Lloyd to send us some pics and reveal the big secret. Checkt that:

Proud "daddy" ;)
Proud “daddy” πŸ˜‰

You know that we actually planned on constructing 2 separate buildings for sewing room and library. Due to some chronic shortage of money we decided to set up both in the same building until we find the financial means to construct a second building.

The building measurs 6m x 6m. There will be 2 rooms in the building. The bigger one will temporarily be used as library and reading room. The smaller one will be occupied by our PAF ladies to store materials and the sewing machines and sell and display clothes they tailor. For the time being they will sew and tailor outside. This also creates quieter environment inside for kids to read and study.

 

We hope to get the roofing fixed by end of next week, so that we can start flooring and plastering the week after. Then its only painting left.

We recieved a generous donation from Bruni so that we can buy some cement and paint to finish things up. Thank you so so much! We already bought some timber to have furniture made. So we are planning to have 12 chairs and 3 medium-sized tables. But still we are looking to raise money for doors, windows and shelves.

So very soon we will be able to move all the books into the new building. Though we are still facing the problem of light inside the building because we do not have power to install lamps. So if anyone has a smart idea how to get bright lighting inside that suffices for reading and doesn’t require electricity…feel free to contact us about it.

Soon those books dind their new home
Soon those books dind their new home

Thanks again to Murray and everyone who donated and sent us books so far!

 

Also we are very happy to announce that our dear friends from Repairer of the Breach donated another sewing machine for our ladies. So soon we will be able to work with 3 machines. We are humbled and so grateful.

Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Brick by Brick

Books…Lost in Fantasies

As some of you may be aware 75 percent of Zambian families live on less than a dollar a day. This situation makes it impossible for families to have three meals a day, buy clothes and have a decent shelter.

As people struggle to satisfy the most urgent needs, buying books and educating their children very often becomes a luxury they can not afford.
It is rare to find a book in homes.

Most of the timed a child’s first encounter with a book is at school where they learn how to read but only have access to books for a small amount of time.
Schools don’t have an adequate supply of books, so kids have to share them:Β  one book for ten pupils or worse.

But last week it was a very happy day for our Chinkonono kids. Thanks to tour Austtalian friend Murray our community now does have a variety of books. Murray asked around qith his friends and at local schools to donate books and then sent them to Zambia.

Just look at all those sparkling eyes!

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Our village kids will now be able to read books for education and entertainment outside school.

The donation of story books is a very big development. It will make books accessible to kids in the village. As we all know that early introduction to books helps an individual to learn and it also exposes readers to more ideas and experiences and helps to ignite fantasy anf creativity.

Also we plan to extend the library with novels and education books for adults so that we can also teach women and men how to read and read English. Unfortunate there is a high number of adults who can barely read at all or do not know the English language. That way we will try to literate them and help increasing their job chances and change lives.

It was such a wonderful day seeing all those angels smilling. Also we were choosing the chairperson, secretary and librarian of our small library.

Right now the books are being stored at Lloyds house until we finish the building. At the moment we do not have the financial means to build two seperate buildings for library and sewing room. So for now both projects will be located in the same building. But due to the noise of our twittering ladies we will try to build a second building for the library so that people can read in a quiet environment.

We are transporting the last bricks now. The building is on window level and we hope to put the roof on next week. Of course we will need shelves and furniture. So Lloyd already bought some wood and timber.

Keep checking back on us to see the process.

Thank you again to Murray and all the generous donors! No way we get the kids outside to play these days…everyone wants to read πŸ˜‰ This changes lives!

Books…Lost in Fantasies

Small things can change lives

WOW! We are so humbled and grateful. We just recieved a message of our dear friend and supporter Murray from Australia. He loves Zambia and found our project online. Since that day he has been soreading the word and been supporting us.

A few months ago we came up with the idea of creating a reading room and small library for the kids and people in the village.
He loved the idea so much that he spontaneously shared this idea on Facebook and asked his friends and local schools to donate books for that cause.
The feedback was amazing. People sent him books and books and books.

Just look at how crammed classes in Zambia can be. It is almost impossibΓΆe for kids to actually read and find the joy in reading because of lacking books and school materials.

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Look how crammed classes are...

Just a few days ago he was able to send the first box to Zambia.
Shipping will take 60 to 90 days. But we have no rush. πŸ™‚ It is mainly books for the young ones, as Murray says. Also he will send more once we see that they actually get there.

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Murray sent the first huge box on its way πŸ™‚

Just to quote Murray here:
“I was packing / weighing the box at the Post Office and a very kind and generous Lady donated $50 to the postage when she heard what I was doing .. Thank You kind stranger whose name I did not get.”
WOW again. This is really touching.

Just to mention some people we have to thank for their kind donation:
Katrina Vrenegoor, Jaye Bolte, Quamma Public School, Cobargo Public School, Well Thumbed Books in Cobargo …
Thank you to everyone who supports us. We are humbled.

You guyd have no idea how many sparkling eyes this will bring and what a huge difference and change this will make.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!

…we will keep you posted. πŸ™‚

Small things can change lives