Milling around the clock

Not long ago we happily announced the purchase of our newย hammer mill. And apparently word about it spread like wildfire in the neighbouring villages. Everyday people from different villages, more or less far away, come to Chinkonono to get their maize milled. They literally line up at PAF Center.

 

At the moment we still keep the mill under a temporary shelter made of wood. But the actual building we construct to keep the mill safe will be done soon.

We also found a 20-year-old strong man who will be our PAF miller. His job is to coordinate the usage of the mill and do the milling for people who bring their maize. Also he is responsible to keep the mill safe and working. Now meet our Steven:

mill2
this young man is our PAF miller: Steven

 

So as you can see our mill is milling basically around the clock. That is good for PAF because we can raise some funds for our upcoming and running projects. But mainly we are focused on making life easier for our villagers and the people of the Chinkonono region.

 

Stay tuned for more updates on what is going on in Chinkonono. There are still big things planned…

 

Advertisements
Milling around the clock

A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono

Long time, long time. I know it has been quiet on here. But PAF did not stand still. We were working on a few projects. We have been moving our greenhouses to the PAF Center and we are currently building latrines there.

Also you might have been wondering what we are using the money for that has been donated and that we raise through our supporting members all over the world. Well…our newest “baby” in Chinkonono is a Diesel-powered hammer mill. You can’t imagine what an event it was for people in the village when the mill arrived by truck late at night ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Our staple food in Zambia is Nsima, a thick maize meal porridge. Before it is nsima the maize has to be milled. A 25kg bag of factory milled maize meal costs 65 kwacha (about 7,50 USD) in town. The villagers can’t access this and can’t afford it. So as PAF we didn’t want to be left out.

Hence we bought a hammer mill to mill the village maize and give PAF an income. The maize meal commonly known as hammer mill is a Diesel-propelled machine comprising of two parts, namely the engine and the mill. The engine drives the mill and the hammers strike and crush the maize grains into powder. This powder is our highly treasured mealie meal, which we use to cook the thick porridge and Nsima.

We bought a 20 horsepower machine at 16,500 kwacha (about 1,900 USD). That might sound like a lot of money. But doing the easy math it will be worth it and make life much easier. There was no hammer mill in the village or anywhere close by. Hence woman had to walk to other, far away villages to have their maize milled. ย Each 15kg of maize will be milled at 5 kwacha. Our target is to raise 250 kwacha (about 29 USD) each day.

 

That way it is much more convenient for the women because no more walking far distances. Also milling it in the village is cost effective and makes it much easier for us to enjoy our beloved nsima.

I bet you want to see the mill running, don’t you? Check that:

From the proceeds we will be able to raise money to build our library and conference hall, meet running logistics and sponsor one or two kids.ย The milling will also provide employment for one boy and will shorten walking distances for everyone.

But of course you can’t have that mill just standing around like that. Even in Chinkonono that is not possible. That’s why we decided to construct a building to house the mill. And what can I say…our PAF members have been working hard and are almost done with it now:

 

So you see…things are moving for Chinkonono and PAF. Thank you so much to our supporting members and donors all over the world! You guys really make a change in people’s lives! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono

A Good Investment

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 Kwachaย 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.

TWALUMBA ๐Ÿ™‚

This should boost the 2017 harvest!
This should boost the 2017 harvest!
A Good Investment

Christmas is all around us

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.

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.


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

These are:

  1. raising fruit trees seedlings for homes, schools and clinics.
  2. providing tailoring skills to people through the PAF-ROTB tailoring project.
  3. providing school sponsorship for hard working pupils from needy families
  4. sourcing for donations, information and advice from wellwishers, friends and donors for installing boreholes, libraries, schools
  5. 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.ย  These were donated to four old widows living on their own.


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.”

Christmas is all around us

Let’s be food secure!

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.

image
They are proudly food secure ๐Ÿ™‚

Seeing this family we know that even the younger generations will learn how to live in a food secure environment and feed themselves.

Let’s be food secure!

Where are all the people who know how to perform a rain dance?

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!

Poor rains, hence dying maize and eminent starvation
Poor rains, hence dying maize and eminent starvation
Two very contrasting scenes: failing maize crops on one side and on the other a flourishing orchard. Same rain falls and same soil type.
Two very contrasting scenes: failing maize crops on one side and on the other a flourishing orchard. Same rain falls and same soil type.

But for now: If you can perform a rain dance that actually works, just come over! Zambia will be grateful for some rains ๐Ÿ˜‰

Where are all the people who know how to perform a rain dance?