Clean water, thriving gardens: Zambian Abundance!

by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU)
Jun 29, 2011

Many steps forward, a few steps back

Miyanda - the local soil science graduate
Miyanda - the local soil science graduate

Hello again!

We have made many exciting steps in realizing the dream of empowering local communities to finance their own water improvements through irrigation. Currently, three community gardens are now under way to help residents finance various water improvements. This is best summarized by downloading a PowerPoint presentation on the project blog (see link below).

Unfortunately, there was just last week a surprisingly extreme frost that killed the 15,000 pepper plants that were planted at the first garden. This is discouraging for all of us, including the community, but we are determined to re-plant and continue the efforts.

We have started to implement the BioSand Water Filter program, and have all of the materials now to construct them in Simango.

We are also ready to begin drilling wells by hand with a drilling kit from Water4, and hope to begin that soon.

We have surveyed over 150 residents and are interested in how they make choices regarding water improvements, including several alternative financing approaches which are in fact a central part of the research program.

Thank you again for your support of this project. The community is beginning to see the vision, and getting more and more behind the work.

We also say thank you to Tom and Moriah for their help in getting things started, and welcome Miyanda Moombe, a soil science graduate from the University of Zambia who is helping with the agricultural experiment, and with other agronomic issues.

Thanks again,

Adam, Sari and Nuria

The experimental plot
The experimental plot
Sibunimba Village preparing the field
Sibunimba Village preparing the field
Simakalanga Dam - the site of Garden #3
Simakalanga Dam - the site of Garden #3
Fond memories of our peppers
Fond memories of our peppers
Stepping back and watching the community work
Stepping back and watching the community work



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American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU)

Location: New York - USA
Website: http:/​/​
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU)
Project Leader:
Adam Abramson
Midreshet Ben Gurion, Ramat haNegev Israel

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