Today is my last day in Zimba. It has been a great stay. My friendship with Passwell our Outreach Coordinator and his wife Charity grow stronger each visit. Passwell’s ability to take my concept to greater depths ensuring is longevity and success. The little tree nursery here in Zimba is testimony to that. Tomorrow I head to Lusaka and a one on one session with Felix who will expand his role in Eastern Province. The one photo shows the new plastic pots that are planted with Oocarpa pine and the other we are transplanting into pots the small seedlings that will eventually adore some of the boulevards here in Zimba. Passwell is just coming from a meeting that is why the white shirt and coat but he could not resist getting his hands into the action.
Today I visited Nakowa Basic School right in Zimba town. It was the last school I was scheduled to visit while here in Zimba. But what a way to end the school visits, some as far away as 30 kilometers. There were so many students attending my talk, it was held on the soccer field. The teacher in charge said there were 800 students attending and he should know. All I know was there were lots of smiling faces. They all want a tree nursery and to learn more about climate change. You are going to busy Passwell!
Yesterday I gave a talk to the grade nine students at Zimba Basic School. They were very interested and want to start a tree nursery at their school. Passwell will work with the teaching staff to set up more environmental lectures and facilitate the creation of the tree nursery.
Passwell Nyambe, African Community Project’s Outreach Coordinator here at Zimba Community Forests showing off our Neem seeds harvested from one of our members Neem trees. By just growing a Neem tree in his yard and using the leaves for a tea, Mathew says his family has not had Malaria in years.
We are doing a germination study on Eucalyptus grandus at the African Community Project tree nursery in Zimba. Hopefully this will provide seedlings for plantations of Eucalyptus that will be used for hydro poles to help electrify rural Zambia. Wish us luck!