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! 🙂
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You heard about TIA…This Is Africa 😉 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:
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.
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.
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!
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 😉 Fun is guaranteed.
our PAF women paying attention
our teacher Mrs Siankainde, a professional tailer
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 😉
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.
Where are the scissors? 😉
Learning how to measure and cut fabrics
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 😉
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!
Fashion magazine African style
…also available for kids
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 😉
Big things keep happening for Planting A Future these days. First we 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, Repairer Of The Breach Inc. 🙂 Please check out their Facebook Page and support them as much as you support us!
They transferred another $US 260 so we could finally buy 2 sewing machines for the PAF women in our village and community.
As you can imagine the ladies have been delighted. Happy faces all over the place. They were checking on the sewing machines straight away. The ones knowing how they work started teaching the others. Zambian Sewing 101 😉
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.
No 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!