PAF School Sponsorship Programme

Planting A Future…well, we do that in many different ways. One of them, as you know, is literally planting a future by planting fruit trees to hand out to vulnerable households and institutions.

But you can also plant a future by enabling kids to have access to education. Poverty level in rural Zambia is high. Also our community in and around Chinkonono Village depends on farming and a lot of times families have 5 or more kids and can not afford to pay school fees for all of them.

Planting A Future decided to start a school sponsorship programme for those families. That means we are looking for sponsors who want to support kids and their families by providing the funds to pay for the children’s school fees.

Those kids are just a few of the children who need financial support to attend school. Their parents and families struggle everyday to raise enough money to send their kids to school. Some of those kids are orphans or come from HIV families. Education is their key to change their lives.

 

There are different type of sponsorships possible. I will explain the basics for you now. Important to know is that there are always 3 semesters per year.

  1. Primary School Level:Grade 1 to 7. The small ones basically get free education. They only have to pay for sports classes. So the fees are low. 15 USD (15 EUR) per year. The money will be spent on sports classes and school materials like books and pencils and also for school uniforms.
  2. Basic School Level: Grade 8 and 9. The school fees for those guys is 15 USD (15 EUR) per term, that adds up t 45 USD (45 EUR) per year. The money will be used on school fees for each term and also for school materials, such as books, pencils, rulers etc. and school uniforms.
  3. Secondary School Level: Grade 10 to 12. Those kids are preparing for their highschool diploma. This course is more expensive. It varies from about 120 USD to 160 USD (120 EUR to 160 EUR) per term, which can add up to roughlich 360 USD to 400 USD (360 EUR to 400 EUR) per year. School fees in generel get more expensive later on, so do books and school materials like calculators etc. Also included is money for accommodation and food for some kids because they live too far away and have to stay at boarding school or with relatives. But those costs are covered as well.
  4. College Education: College education in Zambia is very expensive. So far none of “our” PAF kids is at college. Fees, including a room and food, can easily go up to about 3000 USD (3000 EUR) per year. We will find out about those costs on request if we find sponsors.

 

Please think about it. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the kids above or one of our other kids, please take a minute to contact us here:

We will gladly suggest a kid for you to sponsor. There are so many of them.

You know all those huge programmes, I guess. You pay a lot of money and you have no idea who the kid is who recieves it? You fear that a high percentage of what you pay just goes into the charity’s administration? Well…we can not speak for other charities. But I can assure your that 100% of the money goes straight to the kid you choose to sponsor. There are no administrational costs here.

Of course you will also get a tax receipt for the sponsorship. And you will recieve info about who the kid is and how they do in school if you want to know.

Please help us to plant a bright future for those kids! Thank you all in advance!

Help us give children like James a future. Thank you so much to Stan who now sponsors 6 children in our community!

PAF School Sponsorship Programme

Children Sponsorship Programme

Well…2016 has already started. We did take a little break in updating you. But we didn’t sit still. We have been working on various new and old projects.

The sewing and show room is in the making. We are planting lots of trees and are also working on those 5.000 moringa seedlings for the chief.

But one very new project we just started now is a children sponsorship programme. We are trying to find sponsors for kids in need to support them with their school fees. As you can imagine lots of kids come from vulnerable families or are orphans. They are all keen on going to school and learn to change their lives.

One of our first kids we want to introduce is James.

This young little man dreams of becoming a teacher. Despite all his struggles in life he is probably one of the bravest and most cheerful guys you can think of.

Right now we are working on setting up some general “files” for all the kids we are trying to find sponsors for.

School fees differ depending on what school they go to and they are needed 3 times a year for each semester or once a year.

If you are interested in helping kids like James, please feel free to contact us at plantingafuture@gmail.com and ask for more details and info. We are more than happy to introduce you to the kids we want to help.

 

 

Love without boarders!

 

Check back here for more updates on the sponsorship programme!

Children Sponsorship Programme

…the story continues: Bruni visits Zambia!

And finally it happened: Our friend Bruni from Germany came to visit Zambia and Planting A Future. Lloyd took the time and wrote this wonderful little text about her vist:

Bruni’s visit

One cold June morning a pupil came to me and said ”teacher, I have to go back home and see if dad is awake now”. I stopped marking the register and looked at the shabbily dressed and frail looking boy. It wasnt strange to hear him say this or feign sickness so that he could go back home pick an empty sack and go into the bush to collect monkey oranges for his lunch and supper. But this time instead of the usual mischievous glint in his eyes they were filled with tears. This puzzled me and to avoid a scene I allowed him to go. Two hours later the boy came back and told me his dad was still asleep but in the same position he had found him eighteen hours ago. This got me worried as I knew the bad health the man was experiencing. He was on TB treatment and I had often driven him to the clinic. The man was on Anti Retro Viral drugs due to his HIV positive status and instinct told me he was dead. With a two men we went to the boys home and found the man dead. The boy was too young to notice it but the man had been dead for close to twenty hours.

It was a sad site. The man was lying on the bare ground with a tattered blanket nearby. A few cobs of maize where the only hint of food.
It was obvious the man had died of ARV poisoning due to lack of food.
A lot of people have died in a similar way and from what i knew many more were going to be killed due to lack of food while on anti retro viral therapy.

It is this incident which spurred me to embark on a quest for a food source which was reliable and easy to grow.
A year later after a long battle to obtain permission to import breadfruit seedlings my friend from Germany, Juliane Friedrich, understood the challenges Zambian villages were facing. In Octobre 2014 Julie handcarried 150 breadfruit seedlings into the country.
This was the birth of Planting A Future.

The Friedrich family, mother and daughter, saw the challenges I was facing in terms of keeping the trees alive as there was no water. The two embarked on fundraising in order for us to acquire irrigation equipment such as a pump and tank, nursery shelter and fencing.
After a long struggle our partners in Germany managed to raise 3.500 Euros and sent it to us so that we can buy the required equipment and materials.

Our nursery shelter and water system
Our nursery shelter and water system
Women at Work
Women at Work

On June 9th Bruni Friedrich, one of the German ladies behind fundraising and technical aspect of our project, arrived in Zambia and visited us for a few days. Time was short, but a very good experience for everyone involved.

Bruni wanted to see what was happening on the ground and meet members of the group.
We launched the water system with a little opening ceremony, we inspected the new nursery shelter, we visited households we are supporting and had discussions on challenges we are facing now and way forward. 
A lot of work still needs to be done to make the project self-sustaining and reach as many people as possible.

Supervising while the water system is being fixed by our volunteers
Supervising while the water system is being fixed by our volunteers

One new aspect that Planting A Future is now facing is to start a community garden where we can grow vegetables for sale and also plant more trees for sale. Luckily enough our generous donor from Baumschule Bösl gave us about 5kg of different veggie seeds to make a start. Bruni took a lot of time and explained how to plant them, how to raise them and take care of the plants. She also explained how to eat some of the veggies since some of them were new to us. Also we agreed to collect the seeds those veggies will bring so we can grow more plants next year again.

Bruni explains how to plant and raise the veggie seeds
Bruni explains how to plant and raise the veggie seeds

Another idea that came up is the prospect of expanding the project so that it can be some kind of resource centre for anyone intending to learn about breadfruit and permaculture.
Bruni’s visit was an eye opener to us and to her.

Meeting Bruni was like meeting an old friend. She just clicked into our way of doing things as if she had lived in an African village her entire life. Bruni’s natural attitude surprised many people who are used to seeing European visitors keep to themselves and do thier own thing.

Welcome coffee
Welcome coffee

Despite some cultural shock she encountered, like the typical cliché role model of wives showing a bit too much respect for their husbands or different foods, Bruni didn’t face any challenges and didn’t require or expect special attention. She lived our life, sang our songs and ate our food.

One world, one love.
One world, one love.

One amazing thing about her was quickly adapting to using her fingers when eating. She ate vegetables with groundnuts, okra and boiled beans as if they were part of her usual diet.

Bruni eating traditional food: nshima and veggies
Bruni eating traditional food: nshima and veggies
Trying local fruits
Trying local fruits

At night she played with kids, a thing impossible with zambian parents.

German Mom meets Zambian Family
German Mom meets Zambian Family

Her love for people, nature, food and all aspects of life was a lesson to many of us. In her special way she was teaching us that whatever one had that specific moment was to be cherished.

A lot of things surprised her. Such as walking 10 to 15km for phone network, the bad state of roads and the bad maize harvest.

Bruni was impressed  with the passion people had for the project. It was such a wonderful thing for her to see a lot of people coming to fix the water system and not expecting any payment. It amazed her that some were walking 17km everyday to help.

Now we can water our plants without walking hours and hours.
Now we can water our plants without walking hours and hours.

From the love exhibited by all volunteers it was easy to understand why our motto is “Love Without Borders”. Indeed love was evident from the moment of her arrival up to the time she left for the airport.
Her positive impact on the village is evident by people asking when thier mukuwa/muzungu was coming back.

Bruni chatting with Chinkonono women
Bruni chatting with Chinkonono women

Bruni’s visit helped bring our project into perspective. This will make it easier to provide breadfruit and other tree and vegetable seedlings to vulnerable people. When households grow these trees their food security will be guaranteed and kids will attend school while no one will die of ARV poisoning anymore. We will make nutritious foods like breadfruit and other fruit trees available.

Planting A Future definitely is love without borders. We hope this love will grow round the world and see friends from other countries joining us in planting a future for the next generation.

…the story continues: Bruni visits Zambia!

3-2-1-Splash!

Breaking News: last week we could finally launch our water system. So we had a little opening ceremony with Bruni starting the pump. Check the video of the dedication and opening ceremony to see for yourself. (This time it is in English and German language) We are all very happy and humbled. Thank you so much to all our donors and sponsors, supporters and helpers, to all our volunteers. A dream came true! We still can’t really believe that now we will be able to water our plants all year round.

3-2-1-Splash!