Jim, one of the Hands Around the World trustees, visited the projectin June and was delighted with the progress made since last year.
Despite a continual struggle with limited resources, the centre hasbeen able to expand its vegetable garden and now also has more than300 chickens. This is bringing in some income to pay essential billssuch as electricity and feed for the animals during the dry season.Two cows and a heifer are pregnant and calves are expected inNovember – this will enable milk production to resume. In this waythe centre is able to do its part to make the project sustainable.
The tailoring students are very keen, with a further 10 beingenrolled back in May. Previous students have continued to make use ofthe Centre's equipment to help them start small businesses. One isreturning to complete her schooling funding her fees from shirts anddresses she makes and another hopes to save enough money to buy herown machine and make a living from tailoring.
The carpentry department is currently enrolling new students and hasproduced some furniture and a beehive to sell locally. Funds areurgently required to buy wood for the carpentry class. The sale ofgoods will be used for this purpose, though additional donations arealso needed.
The rainy season will begin again at the end of October / beginningof November and it is planned to plant 1 hectare of maize and ½hectare of sugar kidney beans – funds permitting. These crops areused to provide food for the students and supplement the feed for thelivestock.
I am looking forward to returning to Zambia in September to spendsome time with the students and staff and see myself what adifference the project is making.
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