Dry Season…it truely is a challenge for all of Africa. Now, Chinkonono Village, is no exception from the rule. We do struggle a lot this year. The rivers are almost dried out.
So our only chance to get water for our community, cooking, washing, watering our plants and seedlings is digging wells and going to boreholes far away. Our women sometimes walk hours with huge containers of water balancing on their heads.
Luckily we do have borehole at Singwamba School. It is “only” about 6km away…that is not far, you think? Well…consider that most people do not have access to a car or ox cart and have to walk this distance…multiple times per day.
Well…and also we do have a construction site and as you might know, building needs water too. So just check out how we get water there 😉
But sometimes…sometimes fate strikes us and we can not use the borehole at Singwamba School. That means we have to go to Sinsimuka for water. And that is about 25km away from Chinkonono…
See all that? Well..you probably now understand why one of our top priorities at the moment is to raise funds to drill our own borehole for the community center! Keep your fingers crossed that we will achieve that goal soon. If you want to support us by donating some money for the borehole, please contact us! Thank you so so much!
You know how Planting A Future started out, right? Supplying fruit trees to vulnerable households and institutions?
We still do that. Just recently Lloyd went on a little tour to Singwamba Primary School and Singwamba Clinic to deliver the donated trees.
As you can imagine everyone was really excited and curious. So lots of people gathered at both spots when Lloyd showed up. Lloyd took the time to explain everything about the new trees: how to plant, how to take care of the seedlings, how and when to water them.
The kids at Singwamba Primary School got a free gardening lesson as well. Lloyd showed them how to choose a good spot for their school’s orchard and where to plant each tree to benefit best. He also explained how to plan and do the digging and planting. So after theoretical knowledge was gained it was all about getting the hands dirty and plant and water the little trees. Each and everyone helped, full of enthusiasm. 🙂 Those little guys can’t wait to have juicy and yummy fruits for lunch!
But also the Singwamba Clinic recieved some seedlings. Especially for a clinic it is important to offer nutritious food to the patients. Malnutrition very often affects sick people even worse than healthy ones because the side effects of medication worsen too.
Lloyd helped the clinic’s staff to plant the trees and explained all about them. He put extra focus on the moringa seedlings because, as you might know, this superfood is used to treat so many diseases is very nutritious. So Lloyd talked a lot to the women at Singwamba Clinic to explain and educate about the importance and use of Moringa as food and medicine. Especially for the maternity wing it was a very interesting day.
What a day for Singwamba people! We are very happy to have started 2 orchards around there. In just a few months they will be able to harvest their first Moringa leaves. And soon the first home grown fruits will be served for the patients and kids 🙂
Water…everybody says it: It is the source of life. But people in the western world so very often take water for granted. Where does it come from? Out of the wall? Well..practically yes…there, in Europe or the US or Australia.
But in Zambia it is not to be taken for granted. Especially in rural areas like Chinkonono Village people depend on rivers, rain season and the mercy of the dry season.
When rivers dry out people use the water they stored by building small dams and digging wells. And then it is all about waiting for the water to seep out of the ground so women can scoop it into their buckets and containers.
Lots of times children accompany their mothers to wait with them. It is a tedious job to fetch water. Multiple times per day. Especially for PAF because we do have to water our seedlings.
And even then…the water our community members get out of the wells or river is contaminated and dirty. So health risks come up and people get sick. But what can you do? People need to drink. So they take whatever bit of water they can get.
Our main objective for the future is to raise enough funds to drill a borehole. That way we can ensure water supply throughout the whole year. It would help our community to have access to drinking water and also to water our seedlings and plants. Another plus would be the fact that people from surrounding villages would come to Chinkonono and we could also try create income by selling veggies and food to them while they wait for water. So a borehole will change a lot for our community.
Whoa…now look at that!!! Somebody made a new photo slideshow of Bruni’s visit and impressions of Chinkonono Village, PAF activities and the warmth and joy of our Zambian community!
Check the slideshow to get a glimpse of what Bruni experienced and of what is going on for Planting A Future with the new breadfruit seedlings, the first building of our new community center, the first moringa harvest, our village primary school and all our lovely PAF members 🙂
It is definitely worth 9 minutes of your time…we will take you on a little break from reality and invite you to join us in the middle of nowhere, far away from all stress and hectic.
Now lean back and enjoy! 🙂
Please share if you like what you see! Spread the word!
Away from trees we are going to build a sewingroom and community library.
The sewing room is meant for people in the village who area already doing tailoring. That way we can provide a location for women especially to sew and tailor for their families and also for selling clothes on the market. We have recieved 400 Euros from our german volunteers to purchase basic building materials.
Also our partner organisation ROTB donated 260 US dollars to purchase second hand sewing machines. Those will be traditional sewing machines that work without power because that is a whole different chapter in Zambia 😉
We are also building a library for village kids and general population. It will provide kids with books to help them learn better and of course some story books to help develop creativity and fantasy. The library will also have books for adults about topics such as farming, tailoring, general knowledge and news…probably some good novels too. This way we also aim to help adults learn how to read and improve their english skills. Thanks to our generous friend Murray from Australia in a few months we will have the first load of books. He asked local schools and his friends to donate books…huge success. 🙂
And of course we are still working hard on our community veggie garden.
You see…big plans for the next few months 😉 There is alot to do still and all likers of our page, sympathisers, wellwishers, donors, friends and even critics are welcome to give suggestions on how we can help the community better. Also if you want to support us with donations of any kind…we are grateful and humbled.
Thanks everyone. It is love without borders indeed.
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 😉