Part of the (im)Possible

a Zambian endeavour

Agriculture

Maize grown without fertilizer,
October 26, 2012

Millet for Mbayi

Millet is one of the oldest foods known to mankind. In fact, it is mentioned in the Bible for making bread and, indigenous to Africa, has been used as a staple food for thousands of years. It is inexpensive, grows well in areas with poor soil fertility, has a short growing season and is highly – Read More-

June 21, 2012

Project Report: Maize Crop

Summary Objective Supplement the needs of the most disadvantaged in Mbayi with a sustainable maize crop. Cost $1,000 in the first year. $2,000 in the second year. Funding Status Complete   The Details Upon arriving in Mbayi one is first struck by the desperation for food. With little money it is difficult to purchase seed, – Read More-

April 11, 2012

Some Good and Bad News

WOW- look at what they’ve accomplished!!!! Using hoes, axes, shovels and lots of muscle power our stumping team have managed to clear a huge space for the proposed Health Post. We even have a qualified builder, with papers, living in our community who has volunteered his services. Keeping costs to a minimum by utilizing their – Read More-

March 15, 2012

Excitement in Mbayi

Stumping, planting, receiving – there’s a real buzz throughout Mbayi! Tuesdays and Thursdays have become stumping days. Keen to prepare the area allocated for our very own Health Post, a vigorous bunch of volunteers are clearing land and I’m pleased to be helping by providing, each day, a meal cooked for the workers out in – Read More-

November 17, 2011

Working with the School

Last week I sat down with the Head Teacher of Mbayi Middle Basic School ( the government was just starting to build it when I arrived ) to formally discuss how we – the teachers , you and I -could best work together within their daily program to improve the lives of children. I had – Read More-

November 4, 2011

Agriculture – On the Go!

We’ve had some early rain and farmers are being cautioned not to plant yet, not until it has been established that the rainy season is truly underway. The maize (corn) has been purchased ( thanks so much to all of you who helped – we’ve met this year’s maize fund raising goal!!! ) and delivered, – Read More-

August 4, 2011

A Good Maize Crop is Crucial to Survival

So much depends on maize (corn). It’s the staple, ground to make maize meal (flour) which in turn is used to cook nshima. And everybody in Mbayi depends on nshima. It’s filling and when combined with veggies provides an adequate meal. However, when you live in chronic poverty, access to seeds is difficult enough but – Read More-

March 3, 2011

Everything’s Growing!

Unlike some areas in Zambia where maize crops are experiencing water stress due to a dry spell, our maize, here in the Copperbelt, is benefiting from sufficient rainfall, has passed the critical flowering stage, and continues to grow tall and strong as we head towards harvest in May. The chicks are now 3 weeks old, – Read More-

October 26, 2010

So Grateful!

She sank to her knees with arms raised to heaven, in gratitude. She thanks God for providing this small bag of maize seed through you. The expression on her face says it all. How I wish you all had been here with me to witness the joy. Look closely at her face and know what – Read More-

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