African Community Project’s Mumbi Community Forests has been asked by Chief Mumbi to work with the charcoal makers to make the industry sustainable. The first meeting was with Nyalukomba village that make a living of making and selling charcoal. Our Outreach Coordinator, Felix Nguluwe will have a challenge convincing the charcoal makers to do it sustainable. This will require lots of sensitization and patients.
March 29th, 2017 African Community Project’s Outreach Coordinator, Felix Nguluwe traveled to Katete from Mumbi village to check on the trees that were planted by Katete Community Forests a few months ago. His report was very positive and his count of trees was over 70,000 healthy trees of assorted species. The community has set up a committee to run the new community forest and are now part of African Community Project.
On Sunday March 19th Felix Nguluwe, African Community Project’s, Outreach Coordinator of Mumbi Community Forests traveled to meets with the villages of Chamanika, Kamwankhuku, Kawele and Modzi-Atuwa, they are all members of Kalindawalo Community Forests in Senior Chief Kalindawalo’s Chiefdom. Lots of muddy roads from recent rains but his trip went very well and was able to distribute over 160,000 seeds of varies tree species to attending members.
Our seed collection for 2017 has been launched in Mumbi Community Forests. The kids are busy gathering Jatropha seeds to sell to African Community Project. These seeds will be packaged and distributed to Community Forests across Zambia for the 2017 planting season later in the year. Help us reach our goal of 2,000,000 seeds, donate on the donation page.
This week I traveled to Zaballos a remote community on the west coast of Vancouver Island where I visited the schools environment reclamation project and gave a presentation on my work in Zambia. I had met the students and teachers last year in Prince George where I was a speaker at the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia’s Conference on the ‘Stewards of the Future’. I was very impressed with the schools efforts and was invited to visit the project. It was well worth the long trip. I would like to acknowledge my being on the traditional lands of the Ehattesaht Nation, also to the community, the teachers and the attentive students for their efforts in making me welcome.