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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