As you all know the main objective of PAF is to promote household food security in Chinkonono and the surrounding villages.
It is in this vein that PAF, with the intention of supplementing members’ effort in securing household food security, embarked on a seed and fertiliser support programme. Eleven members who where willing to take part applied and were given 4.000 Kwacha (roughly 400 Euros) from the PAF bank account. This money was paid to the Ministry of Agriculture under FISP (Fertiliser Support Programme). This is a national programme in which farming inputs are subsidised at fifty percent to enable peasant farmers access farming inputs.
Each of the eleven members got three and half bags of fertiliser and one bag of seeds. Hence each of the beneficiaries are able to grow a hectare of maize. The expected harvest for each beneficiary is 75 to 80 bags of maize. Each of these beneficiaries will pay back 400 Kwacha to the project in May. That way we can already raise the money to attend in programme again end of 2017.
Due to this project plus very good rains Chinkonono village is gearing for a bumper harvest. People will have food to eat and the extra will be sold for soap and salt.
We are really loving without borders thanks to all those who contributed to the success of this fertiliser project by contributions and donations.
As you guy know our friends from Repairer Of The Breach sponsored our PAF xmas party. Lloyd just sent us a little report. Enjoy your read and merry xmas again!
“Christmas is a time of sharing. Family members and friends gather from far and wide to celebrate and reunite.
We in Chinkonono village were not left out of the festivities. Just like others around the world we gathered together to eat, sing and pray. It was indeed a wonderful time to see all members of the village assemble in the spirit of oneness.
Huge Party…big day for everyone
Some treats for everyone
So much joy for the kids
This special christmas was made possible by PAF and our partners from ROTB. They donated money earlier on already for sewing machines and fabrics gave PAF money to purchase food stuff for the event. From the funds we were able to buy three bags of rice, two bags of maize meal, a bag of flour, 10 goats, 10 chickens and also some snacks for children.
Maize flour and basic food
Baking goods and cookies
It was a big day. Food was prepared by PAF and 248 people were fed. But it was not only feasting. We also used the event to educate the village on what Planting A Future was doing
raising fruit trees seedlings for homes, schools and clinics.
providing tailoring skills to people through the PAF-ROTB tailoring project.
providing school sponsorship for hard working pupils from needy families
sourcing for donations, information and advice from wellwishers, friends and donors for installing boreholes, libraries, schools
encouraging the community through practical interventions and teach them new new ideas such as preserving fruits and vegetables by sun drying and solving problems like damming streams.
It was also an oppportunity to foster love and understanding among community members. Love without borders and love your neighbour as you love yourself were the themes. A pastor from the SDA Church preached a sermon from the book of Nehemiah on service to others Nehemiah 13 vs 14, psalms 133 vs 1 on brotherhood.
There was so much food that everyone ate to his or her full and even managed to carry some food to their homes. We also had two bags of rice and a bag of maize meal left. These were donated to four old widows living on their own.
Men at work…to finish all food 😉
Our PAF women feasting 🙂
Preparing more food
Late night group shot
Second round 🙂
This was a big miracle for the village as nothing of its kind has ever happened. There was so much gratitude from the village to PAF and ROTB for feeding and bringing the village together.
It was indeed a Christmas.”
One of our main goals is to be food secure…meaning we want people to grow their own fruit trees and veggies so they don’t rely on maize harvest which highly depends on the weather and rains.
So we go around villages and teach people how to do that and how to take care of their plants.
Also we just started our community veggie garden to get more variety in people’s diets.
This family of 6 is food secure. They don’t rely on maize only, but have bananas, oranges and guavas to suppliment them. Families as happy and well nourished as those guys…that is our target.
Seeing this family we know that even the younger generations will learn how to live in a food secure environment and feed themselves.
We are almost at the end of rainy season this year. Unfortunately we only had poor rains in the past weeks. As you can imagine that is a big problem for Zambia in general and for us and all our seedlings and plants as well. Rivers dry out, fields are dead and crops are dying.
All the more important it is to finally get all the equipment and material to make sure of a working water supply. We will do that very soon. This way we will be able to continue our work during the hot season as well.
Thanks again to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers!
But for now: If you can perform a rain dance that actually works, just come over! Zambia will be grateful for some rains 😉