PAF Center Spring 2018

Time flies, folks. Bruni is already back from her 10-days trip to Chinkonono. We are currently working on another slideshow for you guys to see what happened and also some other cool surprises.

But what we can do for now to make the wait worthwhile we want to show you a little tour around PAF Center. Bruni will guide you around and talk about it. It is in German language, but we added the English subtitles for you guys.

Hope you enjoy and are as proud as we are about what happened there in the past years and how far we have already come.

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PAF Center Spring 2018

New Schools to be supported by Planting A Future

We are very happy to announce that we have 2 new schools in our programme. Currently we are helping them with clearing land to make room for orchards.

The schools are very different as you can see here:

Nazibula School
Nazibula School
Mayobo Community School...all pole and mud building
Mayobo Community School…all pole and mud building

Pupils of both schools are now clearing land. They are all willing to help. It is fantastic to see how motivated everyone is and how interested in learning about plants and fruits and nutritious food.

preparing land for the orchard
preparing land for the orchard
self help
self help
clearing land for the orchard at Mayobo Community School
clearing land for the orchard at Mayobo Community School

Also the parents are taking part in the preparations. They now make a compost dump for the school orchard. The compost manure will be used to fertilise the soil where the seedlings will be planted.

DIY compost dump for the school
DIY compost dump for the school

And besides working on the orchards we took the chances of integrated lessons 😉 It was a fantastic opportunity to teach the kids about measuring, ecology/biodiversity and horticulture.

integrated lessons for the kids
integrated lessons for the kids

Planting A Future is proud to see all this progress and how well people react to our programme. The same week we started working with Nazibula School and Mayobo Community School we heard about another school that is interested in working with us. Pupils from Singwamba School requested for mango and orange tree seedlings for their orchard.

New Schools to be supported by Planting A Future

Visions for Zambias Future

Our vision is that in 5 years from now most of the schools have orchards like that with breadfruit trees and pawpaws and papaya and other fruit trees growing. That way we can make sure the kids will have a divers lunch every day and we can stop malnutrition.

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In 5 years time many many schools should have an orchard like this. That is what we are working for.

That is why I keep checking our nursery all the time and see our seedlings grow.

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Checking on our "babies" in the nursery. They all look good.
Visions for Zambias Future

Education is the Key to…Breadfruit

This week I spent educating people about plants and breadfruit. I went to schools to talk to kids and also to villages and demonstrated how to plant and take care of the breadfruit trees.

A very successful breadfruit meeting with community members, village headmen, pupils and teachers. We discussed the importance of breadfruit trees as the sure and the most effective means of ending hunger, reforestation and as a source of medicine, wood and timber. After this meeting a request of 506 breadfruit trees was made. I encouraged them to each make a small orchard of guavas, mangoes, pawpaws and oranges. Planting a Future will assist them with oranges, guavas, pawpaws and breadfruit trees when they are available. We also came up with a plan on how to manage the school orchard, for example that parents help the school with cow manure, provide fencing poles and keep thier cattle away from the school.

A "Planting a Future" volunteer demonstrating how to plant breadfruit trees. We won't give up even against all odds because we are planting a future.
A “Planting a Future” volunteer demonstrating how to plant breadfruit trees. We won’t give up even against all odds because we are planting a future.
A breadfruit sermon at Singwamba primary school. 506 converts and just trees! ;)
A breadfruit sermon at Singwamba primary school. 506 converts and just 100 trees! 😉
Education is the Key to…Breadfruit

Difficulties and Hope

We began building the school with nothing and our only weapon was prayers to Jehovah. Now the school has been given a borehole, classrooms, pit latrines and a teachers’ house will be built and 100 opharns will be sponsored. Our next target is to get Breadfruit to starving rural households in Zambia. There is so much redtape and i will cover the import permit because the devil enjoys seeing suffering. Lets pray to melt down the resistance as i beg for the third time.

Difficulties and Hope