My meetings with the Principal and Vice Principal at the Zambia Forestry College outside Kitwe have gone very well. African Community Project and the College will work together to create community forests around the Mwekera National Forest and help the College upgrade their Library. The photo shows Richard Banda the Principal (right) receiving my book on creating community forests and Patrice Shawa (left) receiving 15,000 Oocarpa pine seeds. The seeds they received from African Community Project last year are doing very well.
This weekend in Lusaka African Community Project packaged over 400,000 tree seeds. These are seeds produced from trees we have planted in the past in Mumbi Community Forests. My hats off to the members of Mumbi Community Forests for having faith in me many years ago, listening to me in the need to grow trees. And to Felix Nguluwe who still wears out a bicycle every year getting the word out. It’s time now to get him a motorbike.
Felix Nguluwe, African Community Project’s Outreach Coordinator from Mumbi Community Forests getting some lessons on his new phone. He now will be able to send reports and photos directly to our office in Victoria. This will save the long trip into Petauke, always hopeful being able to send them if there is an Internet connection and electricity.
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!