A Visit in Chinkonono Village

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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A Visit in Chinkonono Village

We are getting there…construction in progress :)

Meanwhile…our new sewing room and libray almost look like a house now. We are so happy about the progress and can’t wait to officially open the building for our PAF members and community.


And finally hard work pays off…James Silubo’s roasted maize for lunch! So worth the sweat πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your lunch!

The guys in town have been loading cement on the truck to Chinkonono Village so that we can now start with the floor.

Loading cement on the truck
Loading cement on the truck
We are getting there…construction in progress :)

Brick by Brick

You heard about TIA…This Is Africa πŸ˜‰ Everything seems to be working in a slower pace, so does our construction side for the sewing room and library. But eventually we will get there. It is all in the making and we are hoping to finish the building very soon, and still according to our building schedule. It is just a rough task to construct a building with close to no financial means. But we wouldn’t be Planting a Future if that would throw us back.

Are you as curious about it as I was? Well…I could convince Lloyd to send us some pics and reveal the big secret. Checkt that:

Proud "daddy" ;)
Proud “daddy” πŸ˜‰

You know that we actually planned on constructing 2 separate buildings for sewing room and library. Due to some chronic shortage of money we decided to set up both in the same building until we find the financial means to construct a second building.

The building measurs 6m x 6m. There will be 2 rooms in the building. The bigger one will temporarily be used as library and reading room. The smaller one will be occupied by our PAF ladies to store materials and the sewing machines and sell and display clothes they tailor. For the time being they will sew and tailor outside. This also creates quieter environment inside for kids to read and study.


We hope to get the roofing fixed by end of next week, so that we can start flooring and plastering the week after. Then its only painting left.

We recieved a generous donation from Bruni so that we can buy some cement and paint to finish things up. Thank you so so much! We already bought some timber to have furniture made. So we are planning to have 12 chairs and 3 medium-sized tables. But still we are looking to raise money for doors, windows and shelves.

So very soon we will be able to move all the books into the new building. Though we are still facing the problem of light inside the building because we do not have power to install lamps. So if anyone has a smart idea how to get bright lighting inside that suffices for reading and doesn’t require electricity…feel free to contact us about it.

Soon those books dind their new home
Soon those books dind their new home

Thanks again to Murray and everyone who donated and sent us books so far!


Also we are very happy to announce that our dear friends from Repairer of the Breach donated another sewing machine for our ladies. So soon we will be able to work with 3 machines. We are humbled and so grateful.

Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Our sewing squad holding the uniforms we tailored
Brick by Brick

Following The Thread

Thanks to our dear friends and partners from The Repairer of The Breach from Jamaica we were able to buy 2 sewing machinges already. And it looks like we will soon get 2 more.

So besides our main project of growing trees we are busy building a sewing and show room. So the we can start creating jobs for the PAF women to give them a perspective to raise some money and also sew clothes for their families.

Of course most of the women know some basics of making clothes from fabric. But we decided to search for help and find a professional tailor who will teach us properly. This teacher was found in our dear Mrs Siankainde. She lives near by and is a professional tailor. She decided to help us for free. Zikomo mama!

PAF women learning the basics of tailoring from Mrs Siankainde


So as many times as possible our PAF women gather in our temporary sewing room…oh, and Lloyd is taking part in those lessons too πŸ˜‰ Fun is guaranteed.

So far they have been doing the basics like machine parts, accessories and safety to get started. But also types of fabrics like nylon, cotton and silk. Very interesting for everyone were types of stitches like english and french seam or running seam. Lloyd just told me that by the end of the month he will be better than Calvin Klein πŸ˜‰


Anonther important thing most of the women did never really learned but only anticipated is proper measuring and cutting of fabrics. But this makes a huge difference for the outcome.


Of course we are also doing some practicals already and try to sew the first things like girls’ skirts and dresses which came out quite good. Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of that. But here are some indefinable attempts πŸ˜‰

some stuff we made and still work on


Oh…in case you now think we just randomly tailor things…no no no. Of course we will be doing the most recent fashion trends. We got our model patterns…Calvin Klein, Gucci? Ah come on, folks…go Zambian style!


One huge plan we have is to provide school uniforms for Nguba School, Singwamba School and Katanda School. The new term starts January 1st. So we intend to buy materials to tailor those uniforms for sale. That way we can raise some money for our other projects and the construction of the buildings. But as it always is…we need funds and donations to buy fabrics. So if you want to help us out…we would really appreciate that. And the kids would go modelling with the new PAF collection πŸ˜‰

Following The Thread

PAF women thank our donors for the sewing machines…and sing and dance

As you guys might have noticed…in the past days we recieved a generous donation from Repairer of the Breach Inc. to buy 2 sewing machines.

This morning Lloyd sent a video he took at Chinkonono Village. It shows our PAF ladies dancing and singing full of joy.

They are so happy and sing about all the development this generous act will bring and that it will help end poverty. They thank our donors.

Also those smart ladies took their chance and have been smuggling in all their fabrics and first tailoring attempts πŸ˜‰ Sneaky. But our PAF collection will be en vogue soon πŸ˜‰ We can’t wait to see more.

PAF women thank our donors for the sewing machines…and sing and dance

Tailoring our Future…with some help from Jamaica

Big things keep happening for Planting A Future these days. First weΒ recieved 400 € from our friends in Germany to buy building materials for the 2 planned new buildings: a sewing room with veranda and a small library.

Now we are happy to announce a new cooperation with another non-profit organisation from Jamaica,Β Repairer Of The Breach Inc.Β πŸ™‚ Please check out their Facebook Page and support them as much as you support us!

Our new partners from Jamaica: Repairer Of The Breach Inc.
Our new partners from Jamaica: Repairer Of The Breach Inc.

They transferred another $US 260 so we could finally buy 2 sewing machines for the PAF women in our village and community.

Our ladies can't really believe that this is real ;)
Our ladies can’t really believe that this is real πŸ˜‰

As you can imagine the ladies have been delighted. Happy faces all over the place. They wereΒ checking on the sewing machines straight away. The ones knowing how they work started teaching the others. Zambian Sewing 101 πŸ˜‰

First sewing "lessons" started straight away
First sewing “lessons” started straight away

Our women suddenly went off, just to come back with all sorts of fabrics and chitenge that they could find and test the machines. Believe me…no fabric will escape their swift fingers and the needles now.

Now no fabric has a chance to escape our ladies' hands and the needle ;)
Now no fabric has a chance to escape our ladies’ hands and the needle πŸ˜‰


NoΒ we can ensure that they learn how to tailor and sew clothes for their families and for sale. They will keep the biggest part of their benefit to feed their families, but also give back a little amout to PAF. That way we can make sure to keep our costs covered and invest in other things again.

Next step now is to finish the construction of the 2 new buildings, which we plan to be done with in spring 2016. Keep your fingers crossed. We are on it!

Big thanks again to Repairer Of The Breach Inc. for the generous donation. Special thanks go to our dear friend and supporter Carol Williams who always supported us right from the start! All this will change a lot of people’s lives!

Tailoring our Future…with some help from Jamaica