Chickens provide good income
Great strides have been made to make the project self sustaining, though further challenges have been faced in the past three months. Due to the effect of the prolonged drought on hydroelectricity generation, mains electricity in Zambia is now switched off for twelve hours each day and although some rain has fallen recently, it was too late to plant any maize this year.
However, despite the difficulties, the project is moving on. The production of chickens still provides the major income, 200 – 300 are raised at a time in an ongoing rolling programme. The sow has produced four healthy piglets – this is the start of what should be another profitable venture, as well as providing more training experience for the Kaliyangile students.
Another calf has been born and, with the new grass following the rains, additional milk production will result.
Two more bee-hives have been colonised after being baited by the students and the bee-keeping training is progressing well. (see pictures below)
The tailoring students are being prepared for their exams which should take place soon.
I will be visiting the project in May to see at first hand how the project is progressing and to discuss some of the challenges faced by our local partners.
There is still much to do to help the project to progress - for instance if £1,500 could be raised for a maize hammer mill, the extra income generated could provide funding to cover some training costs, or help with necessary improvements to the buildings. You can watch a hammer mill in operation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDD5tRndEms
Your help is much appreciated and is making a real difference to the community in Chisamba.
A wobbly new calf joins the Centre!
Beekeeping students in training
Learning about the Beehives
Students in Class