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 πŸ˜‰

 

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. Β 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.Β 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! πŸ™‚

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A Hammer Mill for Chinkonono

Some Sweet Surprises

…as the year grows older and we grow older our plants just grow bigger and start to carry fruits. Just a few days ago we checked on our organic and homegrown strawberries in the Kalomo garden. Wow…look at them. Delicious, huh? πŸ˜‰

Don't they look delicious? :)
Don’t they look delicious? πŸ™‚
Homegrown organic strawberries in our Kalomo garden
Homegrown organic strawberries in our Kalomo garden

Also we keep on donating boxes of seedlings to households in need. For example this farmer recieved some Mango, Moringa and PawPaw trees for his orchard. We hope they will soon help feed his family and change his diet to a more nutritious one.

This happy farmer recieved seedlings of Moringa, PawPaw and Mango for his household
This happy farmer recieved seedlings of Moringa, PawPaw and Mango for his household

And a very nice surprised reached us just recently. Our friend Patrick Thompson and his family from Hawaii sent us a big pack full of nice things: Veggie seeds, pencils and preserved/dried fruits.

some nice gifts from our friend Patrick Thompson from Hawaii
some nice gifts from our friend Patrick Thompson from Hawaii. Thank you so much!

The pencils are going to our community pre-school across the river. Few kids come to school each day without pencils and books because they just can not afford them. They will be so happy πŸ™‚

Some of the seeds we will plant in our communal veggie garden at the base. Some seeds we will preserve for winter gardens, more precisely family winter gardens.

The preserved and dried fruits will be used to teach fruit preservation to our community. So those are a good and timely gift as wild fruits are ripening right now. People are gathering and consuming everything when in season and starve from june to february. Just imagine a family of 6 with 4 Mango trees eating all the mangoes in 2 months πŸ˜‰ So that way we can make sure they will put some aside and keep them for dry season. Great. πŸ™‚

Last but not least we would like to show you some faces behind the scenes at PAF. You all met Grime during the agriculture shows. But have you met his son Chipego yet? He is one of our helpers and volunteers and does a great job. Thank you!

Grime and his son  Chipego
Grime and his son Chipego
Some Sweet Surprises

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 πŸ˜‰

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

…an orchard for every school.

On my way through the country i came to visit a beautiful orchard. Mr. Smart Lweendo has put all his effort into creating this beautiful orchard.
As you can see in the pictures the orchard is flourishing and all those fruit trees are green and healthy.
Even our project manager Mr. Grme Milandu was very impressed by this orchard.
Once again it was more than obvious that this is exactly what we hope to set the foundation for schools…planting a future with fruit trees to start a proper school feeding.

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…an orchard for every school.

Greenhouse Shots

Look at our seedlings…look at how fast they grow and how well they look. It is a joy to watch them, knowing that soon they will feed families for years.

250 moringa seedlings for homes.A moringa for each household.We planting a future.
250 moringa seedlings for homes. A moringa for each household…that is what we aim for.
Ulu among ferns and nicotianas in our greenhouse .see how tall and elegant;)
Ulu among ferns and nicotianas in our greenhouse. See how tall and elegant πŸ˜‰
Greenhouse Shots