A large pile of harvested Maize
I write this update from Zambia having just visited the project at Chisamba.
In addition to their tailoring classes the students are busy with other activities.
They are all involved in the agricultural side of the project gaining useful life skills. At this time the maize is being harvested – as predicted the centre has beaten the poor rains and gathered more produce than last year. Arrangements are being made to collect the piles of maize from the fields and bring them to the centre, where the seeds will be removed from the cobs. It is hoped that, if funding can be found, a grinding machine can be bought to continue the process of producing the flour. Such a machine will also provide a further source of income for the project.
The first honey is now due for harvesting and the students are keen to be involved in the practical work of turning the honeycomb into jars of honey and beeswax candles. The forestry commission is keen to join forces with Kaliyangile to provide comprehensive training.
Two or three of the cows are 'in calf' and it is expected that milking will recommence in October or November.
An additional area has been set aside to grow vegetables and a heavy crop of tomatoes will be ripe very shortly.
Together with the pigs, fish and poultry there is a wide range of agricultural experiences for the students to encounter.
The computer classes are very popular. The main challenge at the moment is acquiring some more equipment.
We are very grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement!
Bee hives in situ
A sow at Kaliyangile
Lots of Tomatoes
Attending Chisamba Show