Follow-up demonstrations at Chieftainess’ area
The walk to Chieftainess Serenje’s area
On 19th April,2022 we embarked on a journey to Chieftainess SERENJES’ area. We made soya milk and soya eggs and did an introduction to FARMSTEW. After making soya milk and soya eggs at her palace last week(14/04/2022),She (Chieftainess) requested that we teach the people in her community. We then made arrangements with the local transporter on Monday 18th April,2022 to spare four seats for us to travel the 27km. We woke up at 4:30AM, did our preparations and left for the station.
The village was very quiet as we walked while chatting. A few meters from the station, we heard the sound of the vehicle and Started running and calling on the driver to wait for us, but to our surprise, he sped off. We found the Head woman waiting for us and we started off to the roadside.
Our hope was to hike a vehicle from the power station. We were hoping against hope. For almost two hours there was no sign of a vehicle. Now we where stack between two options; go back home or walk about 27 kilometers.
The Chieftainess had summoned us and one of the headmen had already soaked soya beans. To go back would be an offence to the Chieftainess and wastage of the Headman’s soya beans.
We walked from 06:50AM to 12:00PM. There was no time to waste and we got to work with a few people who were present. The headman quickly mobilized the community members and the numbers began to increase. 20 minutes later the Zesco(power station company) truck we had hoped to hike a lift passed going to town(about 124 Km) from the Masase Village.
We had hoped that when going back this would be the mode of transport.
The challenge we faced during the program was inconsistency by those present. The participation from women was also very poor. The few teachers present mobilized the pupils to join us. The other reason as to the poor attendance was that we found a meeting at the school which drew the teachers and some community members.
Around 4:30PM we were done with everything. We decided to start off hoping that the Zesco truck would find us along the road.
After walking for about 2hours, two Hilux vehicles passed us ignoring our hiking. We Kept on walking while chatting and finally we had no strength left to talk. About 3 hours in our walking back home a mini bus from the village on its way home from town bypassed us.
About 5Kilometres to our home, we were completely tired and hungry(due the fact that we only ate 3 bananas each the whole day, we later turned to a shop nearby and bought some soft drinks in order to gain some energy.
The time was past 09:00PM.We started dozing and wondering whether we would make it. After resting for about thirty minutes, we resumed our journey. The headman reached his home first and we (Daniel and Holly)continued the two of us. The rain started showering and we stepped up our walk. We reached home around 10:40PM.We were so tired that we couldn’t eat supper properly.
The big question we asked ourselves was, after realising the challenges we were to face in this journey, Why did we had to go through all this? It was for a good cause self sacrifice in order to do our part in the vine yard of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Community training session – 27 April 2022
THIS TRAINING WAS SCHEDULED FOR THE PREVIOUS WEEK BUT COULD NOT TAKE PLACE BECAUSE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.
FARM STEW, Masase village community training held on 27/04/22, the meeting started at 1pm. We began addressing the issue in regard with protecting kitchen gardens from domestic animals such as goats, pigs and chickens. The community was guided on how to make living fences (theory), and non living fences (practical was done),we were fencing our kitchen garden demo plot, which is made of dual fences, first line its wired while the second line of defense we used thatch.
We advised the community members that those who can not manage to use wire fence can use trees as the first line of defense from big animals like goats and pigs and use thatch for protection from chickens, also thatch will hide our plants from animals and chickens.
The second exercise was guiding the community on how to make a tippy tap, and teaching them how this simple tippy tap and regular hand washing can help them to prevent diseases such as diarrhoea, pin/tape worm and many other diseases that arise due to improper and not washing hands with soap or ash.
- The Masase village team will be reinforced in the month of may by two more trainers who will be moving permanantly to reinforce the work in the surrounding villages.
- Feedback is very encouraging from the community and as expected word gets around quickly.
- Other planned activities and on-going will be done this month.
- The Lusaka trained team has unfortunately not begun to do anything with the exception of two of the trained team members; one is part of the team preparing for the two week long recconaisance in the Luapula Wetlands area to prepare for the september mixed program in the whole district; the other has just returned from a two week long mission in a rural area where he had the opportunity to introduce the Farmstew program.
- One of the Lusaka team ladies who had shown much promise has pulled out altogether citing personal challenges. We have been waiting for their reports and making regular enquiries but have not received any feedback. This is very unfortunate as Lusaka alone because of the many high density informal areas is a massive mission area where almost all the interventions can be tackled, so we are planning another training session at which we will interview candidates prior to providing training.
- The western province team has indicated some activity from one of the two in Kaoma district. Report outstanding.