After a slow start to the rainy season the rains have been better than last year - promising a reasonable harvest. Some maize and beans are well on their way at Kaliyangile. These crops will be primarily used to feed the students and the livestock.
An introductory course in bee-keeping was given in December and, when the rains stop next month, the bee-hives will be sited around the Centre and the real work will begin.
The tailoring students are proving themselves competent and are starting to earn some money. They are currently using the equipment at the Centre to establish themselves – some have now been able to buy their own sewing machines and begin to start their own businesses.
On the poultry side, the new layers are now becoming productive, laying about 250 eggs a day. There is a great demand for eggs in Chisamba with a steady stream of customers visiting the centre daily.
The piggery is ready to receive a pregnant sow. This will mark the start of this new enterprise.
I hear also that the fish have grown well in the small reservoir on site and will soon be ready for market.
In recent months calves have been born and the milk production will be increased.
I will be visiting Zambia next month and will spend some time at Kaliyangile working with the local management to see how we can further improve the opportunities for the local teenagers. By introducing them to a range of skills we hope to enable them to provide for themselves and their families.
Thank you for your support!
The centre at Kaliyangile has been very busy – it is tempting to say that it has been a hive of activity!
It is hoped to start the bee-keeping course very early in the new year. The carpenter has been very busy making the bee-hives and the tailoring students have produced some more bee-keeping suits ready for when the course begins. A citrus orchard has been planted and discussions have been taking place with the Zambian Honey Council, who will provide the tuition.
On the poultry side, the layers are now past their prime and the egg production has reduced. The 232 chickens will be sold, however 498 chickens have been reared to take over the egg production and will start laying very soon. An incubator provided through Hands Around the World has been successfully used to hatch some guinea fowl and quail chicks.
Construction work has been going on in earnest to construct a piggery. This should be in operation very soon.
The various projects at the centre help the students to gain skills, in addition to the tailoring and carpentry courses. We have a keen group of tailoring students who are now producing useful garments – some are being sold to provide extra income which is a testament to the standard of the work produced. There have been some technical problems which have delayed the examination of these students, but they hope to qualify soon.
The increased activity at the centre encourages the people in the local community to visit the centre and become more involved with the project. We particularly look forward to the new bee-keeping course – there are already 20 students signed up and eager to start.
The following is an e-postcard from Kai Iizuka, a GlobalGiving Representative in Zambia.
There seems to be no lack of ambition in the Kayangile project, and they do have everything planned out, just needing that initial fund to get the ball rolling.
There are numerous plans for the project especially in the agricultural section. Though they are currently only growing a few crops, rearing chicken and cattle, there are plans in the works for a fish pond to teach students how to care for and rear fish. The area had already been dug out, but when I went there, it was serving as a holding for calves. Nearby, there were trenches dug for the piggery that they were planning to build and in a nearby field they were beginning to plant orange trees. I was told that these orange trees were going to supplement a beekeeping project that they had planned, as honey tastes best when produced from the nectar of citrus fruits. The tailoring classes were also churning out beekeeping suits in preparation for this.
During my visit, I was given the honour of planting an orange tree, starting by digging the hole, planting the sapling, and finally watering the plant. I made sure to remember where exactly I had planted the tree for future reference or it would be difficult to point it out from the forty that they were planning to plant. It was a lot of good fun, and I hope to one day come back to the project to see how my tree is doing. If all goes to plan, by then, there should be a grove of orange trees sheltering a number of bee hives being maintained and cared for by the new beekeeping students.
People have been very busy over the past few months with additional activities moving forward. There are currently 200 chickens being fattened ready for sale, as well as 250 chickens that are laying eggs. Milking has begun and 7 litres of fresh milk is being received each day.
As mentioned in the previous report, the rainy season this year turned out to be very poor, with the rains ending far too soon. Despite this the project will manage to produce some maize.
A chicken incubator has arrived from the UK and is now in Lusaka - this should make the rearing of chickens more effective.
The bee-keeping project is moving forward. The tailoring section successfully made 14 bee-keeping suits for a project in Monze which had asked for their assistance. They will produce their own suits when the project gets under way. Two beehives were made by the carpentry section earlier in the year as a trial exercise. It is intended that the carpentry students will be involved in making a variety of beehives for this new activity. The intention is to involve all sections of the project in this new activity.
A new submersible pump has been installed to supplement the wind pump. This has ensured that water is now more reliably available at the centre.
I will make a brief visit to Zambia from mid July to early August. I am very much looking forward to meeting Moses, Percis, the other people managing the project and the students. I will provide an additional report, hopefully with some photographs, to show what progress is being made.
Thank you for your continued support.
A container organised by HHI (Health Help International – a charity base in Newport and working in Zambia) is about to leave for Zambia. They have agreed to take some equipment for Hands Around the World, including additional tools and sewing machines for Kaliyangile. These will help to provide the extra training needed to meet the Teveta syllabus.
In February two bull calves were born on the farm and we are now looking forward to the milk which will help the students diet and, if there is any excess, will provide extra income for the centre. Milking will also be a useful addition to the skills learnt at the centre. Eventually the bulls will be put to work on the farm.
There has also been a promise of a pregnant pig to get the piggery project under way. A pigsty will be erected to house the new additions.
The Tailoring students are progressing well are about to take their end of term tests we are hopeful that all these students will eventually complete the Teveta course and leave with officially recognised qualifications.
The rains this year have presented challenges. Early in the season flooding was a problem – this affected the beans grown at Kaliyangile resulting in a very small crop. The rain stopped too soon making it difficult to bring the maize to maturity. However despite the problems they expect to get a reasonable crop for the project. Lack of water has also hit the tomato crop. Unusual patterns of weather over recent years are presenting great problems in Zambia where the economy is very reliant on the maize crop. It will be important to teach the students how to grow food which will be more tolerant of the new conditions that are being experienced.
The centre is dedicated to teaching skills that will enable the students to become self sufficient and move away from the poverty that most experience.
With your help we are changing the lives of these young people. Thank you.
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