Projects

On Going in 2015 

PROJECT:  Lundazi Women’s Community Forests

LOCATION:  Lundazi District, Eastern Province, Zambia

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STATUS:  On Going

FUNDED BY:  ACP

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On Going in 2014

PROJECT:  Well Rehabilitation

LOCATION: Kanthangula Village

DESCRIPTION: Kanthangula village is located in Petauke Community Forests in Petauke District, Eastern Province

STATUS: On Going

  • July, 2014work starts on the repairs
  • June, 2014 – meetings with the community are conducted
  • May, 2014funding is found to rehabilitate the well
  • April, 2014ACP Outreach Coordinator visits the  well site
  • March, 2014request is made to rehabilitate the well

FUNDING BY: Sooke Rotary Club, Sooke BC

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PROJECT:  Well Rehabilitation

LOCATION: Chibingeni Village

DESCRIPTION: Chibingeni Village is located 15 kilometers from Petauke in Nyamphande Community Forests. This well was never completed because of theft of funds by the well technician. We now have an agreement with the community that they will grow seedlings in a new tree nursery and set up a reliable well committee under the supervision of our Outreach Coordinator.

STATUS: On Going

  • July, 2014the repairs are started
  • June, 2014the community collects necessary material
  • June, 2014meetings with the community are conducted
  • May, 2014funding has been found
  • March, 2014ACP Outreach Coordinator visits the  well site
  • February, 2014request is made to rehabilitate the well

FUNDING BY: Sooke Rotary Club, Sooke BC

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PROJECT: New Well at Sikabelwa Village

LOCATION: Mumbi Community Forests

DESCRIPTION: Sikabelwa village is located South of Petauke in Mumbi Chiefdom. The community has been using seasonal streams and contaminated water holes for their water, but with changing climates the water table has dropped considerable. The new well which will be about 21 meters deep will be located about 100 meters from the village near the stream. They will continue to grow trees and be part of Mumbi Community Forests.

STATUS: On Going    (Completed)

  • June, 2014well completed lots of clean water
  • June, 2014well is lined and apron built
  • June, 2014well crew hits water
  • May, 2014community starts gathering bricks and sand for the new well
  • April, 2014funding found
  • March, 2014 – the community well committee is set up
  • March, 2014ACP Outreach Coordinator visits the community
  • February, 2014 community applies for a well

FUNDING BY: Sidney By The Sea Rotary Club of Sidney, BC. Canada 

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PROJECT: New Classroom at Chitanga Community School

LOCATION: Chitanga Community Forest

DESCRIPTION: Chitanga Community Schools is located 40 kilometres from Kasama. The success of our feeding breakfast to the vulnerable children at the school has caused the need to add a third classroom to accommodate the growing enrolment.

STATUS: On going

  • March, 2014Roof completed
  • February, 2014funding has been found for the roof
  • January, 2014work continues on the new classroom
  • December, 2013 – cement has been delivered to the project
  • September, 2013funding is still needed
  • June, 2013the school is ready for the roof
  • January, 2013the walls are almost finished
  • October, 2013the classroom is slowly being built
  • May, 2013the bricks are being molded by the community for the new classroom

FUNDING BY: Brentwood Bay Rotary Club

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PROJECT: Mibulumo Egg Project

LOCATION: Chitanga Community Forest

DESCRIPTION: Miulumo Egg has been created to help pay for the breakfast feeding program  at the community school  (see Shikupa Maayo Breakfast Club below).  Laying chickens  will be raised and their eggs sold to help fund the feeding program. There is a good market for eggs in Kasama. 100 chickens will be bought for the project in three stages.

STATUS: On Going

  • January, 2014plans are underway to include raising our own chickens
  • December, 2013all chickens are now laying 100 eggs a day
  • November, 2013the last of the 100 layers arrive at the school farm
  • November, 201335 layers have been ordered making it 100 layers
  • October, 201365 chickens are producing eggs daily
  • September, 201335 more layers ordered from the breeder
  • September, 2013eggs are now being collected and sold
  • August, 2013chickens are starting to  lay eggs
  • July, 2013the first 30 layers are ordered from breeder
  • June. 2013project is approved and launched
  • June, 2013a donor is found for the project
  • May, 2013proposal submitted by the Chitanga Community Forest Executive 

FUNDED BY: Maria van Sloun and her friends

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PROJECT: Mibulumo Piggery Project

LOCATION: Chitanga Community Forest

DESCRIPTION: Miulumo Piggery Project has been created to help pay for the breakfast feeding program  at the community school  (see Shikupa Maayo Breakfast Club below).  Pigs  will be raised and sold to help fund the feeding program. There is a good market for these pigs in Kasama markets.

STATUS: On Going

  • January, 2014the first piglets are born
  • December, 2013hopefully the sows have all been bred
  • September, 2013a fresh boar has been bought
  • August, 2013three young sows have been bought and delivered to the farm
  • July, 2013Project launched
  • July, 2013a generous donor has been found
  • June, 2013seeking funding for the project
  • May, 2013proposal submitted by the Chitanga Community Forest  

FUNDED BY: Julia van Sloun and Andreas Geraths

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LOCATION: Chitanga Community Forest

DESCRIPTION: Miulumo Poultry Project has been created to help pay for the breakfast feeding program  at the community school  (see Shikupa Maayo Breakfast Club below).  Meat birds will be raised and sold to help fund the feeding program. There is a good market for these birds in Kasama and even in the village.

STATUS: On Going

  • January, 2014still seeking donor funds
  • June, 2013seeking donor funding
  • May, 2013proposal submitted by the Chitanga Community Forest Executive 

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PROJECT: Community Water Retention Project (rehabilitation of three dams or weirs)

LOCATION: Machenje Community Forest

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STATUS: On going COMPLETED

  • September, 2013work completed,  on time and under budget
  • August, 2013work progressing well
  • July, 2013work starts on the rehabilitation
  • March, 2013funding for cement and tools has been found
  • October, 2012started rising funds for cement that is needed for rebuilding dams
  • September, 2012meeting with the dam committee at the dam sites has taken place
  • September, 2012launched the project
  • September, 2012meeting with the community about their water problems
  • September, 2012 ACP was contacted by the concerned community

FUNDING BY:  Sooke Rotary Club, Sooke, BC. and African Community Project

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PROJECT: Replace borehole water pump at Chitanga Community School

LOCATION: Chitanga Community Forest

DESCRIPTION: During routine maintenance on the Mark II pump located at the school, the pump was accidently dropped back into the well. After many failed attempts to retrieve the pump a replacement needs to be bought. This well supplies water for the school, the vegetable garden and the tree nursery.

STATUS: On going  COMPLETED

  • August, 2013 lots of  water for the students, the garden and tree nursery
  • June, 2013new pump bought and installed
  • May,2013repair request submitted by the Chitanga Community Forest Executive 

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: Mukobeko Prison Community Tree Planting Initiative

LOCATION: Kabwe

DESCRIPTION: ACP has partnered with Prisoners Future Foundation to build a small tree nursery that will accommodate 15,000 seedlings inside Mukobeko Prison at Kabwe. This tree nursery will be used as a teaching tool for the other two prisons in Kabwe to follow and as an example for other stakeholders who have a reliance on the forest. When the seedlings have grown to the size of transplanting they will be planted in plantations on land designated by the Forestry and Prison officials. At maturity the seedlings will be used in a sustainable way to supply the fuel wood (Leucaena) for use in the prison kitchens.  Moringa will be used in food supplements such as powder from the leaves and as greens and the fruit can be cooked as a vegetable of the tree. Jatropha will be used for supplying the oil to be used in soap making. (The prison has all the equipment needed to produce soap sitting ideal because of no available oil).  This project is set up to use the knowledge provided by ACP to set up sustainable community forests for the three prisons in Kabwe and to work with Prisoners Future Foundation on other matters inside the prison system of Zambia.

STATUS: ongoing COMPLETED

  • January. 2013Our team completes our first workshop at the prisons
  • December, 2012preparing for the workshop in January
  • November, 2012visited the prison with our partner Prisoners Future Foundation
  • November, 2012meeting with Civil Society Environmental Fund 
  • October, 2012 project  launched

FUNDING BY: Civil Society Environmental Fund, Prisoners Future Foundation and African Community Project

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PROJECT: Creating Tree Nurseries At Community Schools

LOCATION: Mumbi Community Forests

DESCRIPTION: The following schools will participate in creating tree nurseries and receive environmental education from the ACP facilitator working in Mumbi Community Forests: Muya Community School, Ching’ombe Community School and Kasenje Community School. They will plant a wide range of trees and for their efforts they will receive much needed school supplies.

STATUS: On going  COMPLETED

  • May, 2013 2013school plants more tree seeds in the nursery
  • January, 2013the school receives school supplies
  • January, 2013trees at all schools are doing very well
  • December, 2012Felix Nguluwe visits the schools
  • November, 2012 – ACP facilitator visits the schools with environmental education and lessons on creating a tree nursery
  • November, 2012a tree nursery has been built at each community school
  • November, 2012 –  planting of 5000+ trees at each school has taken place
  • October, 2012 project  launched
  • January, 2013the school receives school supplies
  • May, 2013 2013school plants more tree seeds in the nursery

FUNDING BY: Forests without Borders and African Community Project

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PROJECT: Tuyume Fish Farm

LOCATION: Mukuni Community Forests

DESCRIPTION:  Along the same road as we are located is a small fish farm ran by a womens group, they have been operating for almost four years. The fish farm has seen better days but the project money has run out and the operation has been going down ever since. The ponds are almost dry now and most of the fish have died or been eaten by birds of prey. The pump that supplies water for the ponds has been broken for almost a year. The women have approached us for help and of course I said yes. They are now part of Mukuni Community Forest our project in the area. After we get the fish farm back up and running it will be used as a teaching tool; teaching communities how to farm fish sustainably not just teach them to fish! The women will recruit communities and show them how to raise fish and then provide them with the fingerlings to get started. This fits into the concept of water retention because of all the erratic rain patterns cause by changing climates. The first thing we will be doing Monday morning is pulling the submergible pump with the help of the water committee of Mukuni and hopefully repairing it or we may have to buy a new one. They have used the same pump for four years with no maintenance so they have got good service out of it. If anyone would like to donate money for these repairs or help buy a new pump it would be appreciated.

STATUS: On going

  • November, 2012banana trees will be planted around the fish ponds
  • October, 2012all ponds are in full use with different sized fish doing very well
  • October, 2012work started on cleaning out the fish ponds
  • October, 2012repairs were done to the pump supplying water to the fish farm
  • September, 2012 –  meeting with the women of Tuyume Fish Farm
  • September, 2012Tuyume Fish Farm became part of Mukuni Community Forests
  • September, 2012approached by the women of the Tuyume Fish Farm for help

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: Mukasiamachaka Moringa Orchard

LOCATION: Mukuni Community Forests

DESCRIPTION: Most of the families in the village rely on the tourist trade for a living; the carvers in the village are world reknown. The purpose of this project is to educate the people of Mukuni village and the surrounding area about the many benefits of the Moringa tree.  The project is designed for the women of the village and will benefit the whole family. The project will ‘teach by example’ growing Moringa trees in an orchard setting and provide education on the planting, management and harvesting of the many eatable parts of the species. The project will also educate the community on how to process the leaves into powder for a very healthy food additive used that can be used in school feeding programs, family use and for HIV/AIDS patients around Africa. This powder is much in demand around the world and is in short supply. Along with the education about Moringa, the community will be educated on global environmental issues and how it is affecting them as well as the rest of the world. ACP has acquired almost 3 acres of prime land from the Traditional Leaders of Mukuni Chiefdom for this project. This land is located beside the main road to Livingstone on the outskirts of the village. The village water system is nearby and the connection has been approved by the water committee. Water will be piped to the site and stored in an elevated tank providing pressure for watering the orchard. The acreage will be fenced with barbed wire to protect the orchard from the village livestock. The trees will be set out in blocks to demonstrate different pruning techniques and planting methods. A caretaker’s residence is to be built and occupied by an ACP worker and his young family. He will be assisted by a worker who will water, plant and tend the orchard daily. Also on the site an open classroom will be built to provide space to hold classes on the tending of trees, both indigenous and naturalized. Environmental education will also be provided.  Tours to the tourist visiting the village will also be conducted.  In the second year of the project funding will be arranged to set up the necessary structures, training and provide equipment for the processing of Moringa powder for sale locally and for export. Moringa powder is made from the leaves, continually picked during the year. These leaves are dried in shelters and than crushed into a fine powder. Once this is done the powder is packaged in sealed plastic bags ready for market. This new business will be operated by the women of Mukuni Village; employing at least six women, thus creating sustainable incomes the year around.

STATUS: On going

  • December, 2012planting directly into the orchard
  • November, 2012construction on the workers latrine begins
  • October, 2012making of cement blocks for building construction begins
  • October, 2012continually reseeding the nursery
  • September, 2012 –  turned the Moringa Orchard over to the womens group 
  • September, 2012open air classroom started
  • August, 2012 –  still planting out and watering
  • May, 2012watering and weeding is ongoing
  • January, 2012started planting out seedlings into the orchard
  • December, 2011planted the first Moringa seeds in the nursery
  • November, 2011built a tree nursery at the new orchard
  • October, 2011started building the front fence
  • October, 2011built water line from community water to orchard
  • October, 2011suitable land was found and secured
  • October, 2011project is launched

FUNDING BY: Forests without Borders, Seeds for Africa and  African Community Project

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The Moringa orchard workers tasting their Moringa leaves.

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PROJECT: Shikupa Maayo Breakfast Club

LOCATION: Chitanga Community School

DESCRIPTION:  Chitanga Community School is situated in a rural area 60 kilometers east of Kasama in Mungwe District, towards the Tanzania border, Northern Province, Zambia. The school itself is built of fired brick with a metal roof that is standard throughout Zambia; it is community maintained and stocked. The three teachers’ salaries are paid in mostly kind (food) with very little cash. There are 224 children in the school attending grades one to five and a percentage of orphans and vulnerable children. Older children especially girls drop out after attending classes to grade five, those furthering their education must attend classes some distance from the village. The parents of the children attending the school eke out a living from substance farming.

This is the second year of the Breakfast Club and it is very successful. Although we only feed 25 of the most vulnerable children at the school the interest in the school has increased and the school is now crowded. We will work with the community build find funding to build a third classroom. (anyone like to donate to this?)  Records also show that since the feeding program was introduced the vulnerable children’s attendance has improved and also their grades are showing quite an improvement.

STATUS: On going

  • January, 2013 – the program commences for the new school year
  • December, 2012the program closes for the year
  • January, 2012the program commences for the new school year
  • December, 2011the program closes for the year
  • June, 2011Garry Brooks and Maria van Sloun visits project
  • January, 2011the program starts for the new school year
  • December 2010the program ends for the year
  • January, 2010the program is launched

FUNDING BY: Seeds for Africa and African Community Project

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PROJECT: Mukuni Community Forests

LOCATION: Senior Chief Mukuni’s Chiefdom

DESCRIPTION: The same women that are running the fish farm are managing the tree nursery. The are over 10,000 seedlings doing very well. Although termites are still a big threat to the vulnerable seedlings.

STATUS: On going

  • February, 2013trees are being given out to the community
  • January, 2013trees are ready to be planted out
  • December, 2012trees are doing well and more planted
  • November, 201210,000 seeds were planted
  • October, 2012a nursery worker started work
  • November, 2012a waterline was installed at the new nursery
  • October, 2012the nursery was moved to a new spot behind Tuyume Fish Farm
  • December, 2011Garry Brooks visits Mukuni Community Forests
  • November, 2011made and delivered 3 blackboards and school supplies to N Basic School
  • November, 2011Garry Brooks visits Mukuni Community Forests
  • October, 2011new tree nursery is built at Moringa Orchard site
  • May, 2011Garry Brooks visits Mukuni Community Forests
  • October, 2010Garry Brooks visited Mukuni Community Forests
  • April, 2010community tree nursery started planting 5,000 seedlings
  • April, 2010meeting with Senior Chief Mukuni
  • April,2010Garry Brooks and staff visit Mukuni Community Forests

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: Kawambwa Central Environmental Conservation Project

LOCATION: Kawambwa District

DESCRIPTION: African Community Projects (Zambia) has partnered with Action Africa Help (Zambia) in this worthwhile project. The project is strengthening protection, maintenance and control of Biodiversity in Kawambwa District. Its main goal is promoting reforestation in the former UN refugee hosting communities of Kawambwa District. The project will also be protecting water ecosystems, improving access to safe drinking water, sanitation and introducing energy efficient stoves into the communities affected by gross over deforestation.

STATUS: COMPLETED

  • October, 2013final evaluation completed
  • July, 2013Garry Brooks visits the project on a M&E inspection
  • December, 2012ACP Country Manager and staff visits the project
  • June, 2012the project was launched
  • April, 2012hired a forester for the project
  • January, 2012signed MoU with partner and funder
  • November, 2011Started working with our partner AHH – Zambia

FUNDING BY: Civil Society Environmental Fund (Zambia)

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PROJECT: Community Forestry Initiative

LOCATION: Bwiketo Community Forest

DESCRIPTION: Water: Our staff will oversee the repairing of two Mark II pumps on boreholes in the community that have never had any maintenance on them since their installation over ten years ago. A committee will be formed to manage the wells and seek other sources of water for both drinking and agriculture needs.

Education: The community school with its 3 classrooms and 148 students will be assisted by acquiring much needed school supplies. See attached budget. Adult literacy class will be created at the school to provide basic education also the adults of the community.

Health:  Evaluations will be conducted on the level of health care in the village and steps will be taken to form a committee on how health services to the community can be improved. 150 mosquito nets will be distributed to the families in the community and a clinic on care and repairs on existing nets will be carried out. Four government regulation latrines will be constructed at the school; two for boys and two for girls.

Reforestation: Two tree nurseries will be built at the community well locations providing tree seedlings to the community for reforestation and to educate the community on reforestation and the potential of creating sustainable livelihoods from the forest. An example being growing Leucaena for firewood and charcoal which can be used not only for the community consumption but for sale in Livingstone. The community will also be taught how to grow fruit and nut trees, shade trees, boulevard trees and other commercial crop trees. Trees being planted this year will be fast growing (Moringa, Leucaena, and Jatropha), these three species are naturalized trees that grow across most of Zambia, they are excellent for nitrogen fixing, fire breaks, firewood and charcoal, food additives and oils used in bio fuel production. Indigenous trees like Mukwa, African mahogany and Gmelina will be used to replenish the species that have been over cut. Commercially viable trees like eucalyptus, pine and poplar have a future of providing sawn timber, hydro poles and fiber for paper production. The tree nursery will grow thousands of seedlings which will be handed out to students or set out in plantations controlled by the community. The nurseries will be used as a teaching tool to promote reforestation and afforestation by all stakeholders. A study will be conducted on the best trees to be planted in areas to prevent flooding and erosion that is evident across the landscape. This nursery will be built as a permanent structure used each year by the community. It will be located at the community school with the involvement of the students as well as the teachers. This nursery will be the centre piece of the project, demonstrating different types of trees and their usefulness to the community. Simultaneously, an education programme will teach communities the importance of growing trees and its effect on climate change and global warming. A data base of trees and protected forests will be compiled along with new gazetted forests. This will be used later to present for possible carbon credits. Also better harvesting and production methods will also be promoted especially in the making of charcoal.

Energy efficient stoves: 100 energy efficient stoves will be constructed in the community for each household. The design that will be used has been tested across Africa for almost 10 years and is a very good stove to introduce to communities. They will need much sensitizing on its use; having used a very simple successful method of cooking and heating in the past but because of the scarcity of fire wood this stove will prove very efficient, using only 25% the amount of firewood of the traditional method. The introduction of energy efficient stoves in this area may even prove an income generation project as the use of this stove becomes popular.

STATUS: On going

  • November, 2012tree nursries started at both village wells
  • October, 2012the two borehole pumps were repaired
  • October, 2012gave 150 mosquito nets to the children of Bwiketo Community Forest
  • September, 2012new latrines at Bwiketo Community School were started
  • September, 2012the Bwiketo Community Forest Committee was elected
  • September, 2012meeting with the Headman , PTA, the community elders and the new  facilitator at Bwiketo Village
  • September, 2012 – appointed a facilitator for the community
  • September, 2012the project was launched

FUNDING BY: Brentwood Bay Rotary Club, Sidney, BC and African Community Project

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Girls with their seedlings ready to plant into the plantation.

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PROJECT: Makumba Community Forest

LOCATION: Makumba Community Forest is located in the area around Makumba Village.  It is located on the road from Lusaka to Livingstone, 12 kilometers west of Zimba. It is part of the Zimba Community Forests.

DESCRIPTION: The new facilitator at Mukumba Community Forest is busy planting the community nurseries.

STATUS: On going

  • December, 2013the community plants out over 20,000 seedlings
  • November, 2012planting in the tree nurseries begin
  • November, 2012receives seeds and grow pots for planting season
  • October, 2012 –  new facilitator attends a workshop in Zimba with other ACP staff

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT:  Community Forestry Initiative

LOCATION: Zimba Community Forests

DESCRIPTION: We are very happy to report that since receiving the funding on March 20, 2012 from the Brentwood Bay Rotary Club the project has been moving forward at a steady pace. There has been lots of planning going on between ACP and the Community Leaders. Zimba is part of the District of Kalomo and is the sub-center for the District Government. Mr. Kambulu Japhet is the Administrative Officer and Mr. Lazarous Sikawaala represents Zimba on Kalomo District Council; we are working very closely with Mr. Kambula since there is no headman or women involved at this stage and an ACP facilitator has yet to be appointed.

A site for the tree nursery has been given by the District Council; it will be located directly behind the Administrative Building on District land. An agreement for the land use is being written up and will be signed by both partners (ACP and the new District Council hopefully later this year).

The material and supplies for the project has already been acquired and will arrive from Livingstone shortly. This material is to be stored in the Districts secure warehouse until it is needed. Local material has also been purchased and construction of the tree nursery will start soon; once the sensitization of the community has got under way. The selection of a good facilitator to represent is also being carried out and he/she will be under the tutelage of the ACP Outreach Reach Coordinator, Chita Miselo in Livingstone.

STATUS: On going

  • September, 2012supplies and material for the project are delivered
  • September, 2012visited Chief Sipatunyana at his Palace
  • September, 2012an Outreach Coordinator has been appointed to manage the area community forests
  • December, 2011Garry Brooks presented his credentials to the District Department Heads

FUNDING BY: Brentwood Bay Rotary Club of Sidney, BC and ACP

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PROJECT: Nyampande Community Forests

LOCATION: All lands within Chief Nyampande area, which is north of Petauke town of Petauke District in Eastern Province

DESCRIPTION:

STATUS: On going

  • November, 2012 facilitator Filix Nguluwe visits communities distributing much needed seeds
  • November, 2012Felix visits Ray Community School to see trees palnted in 2006

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: New Clothes For Children

LOCATION: Machenje Community Forests and Chitanga Community school

DESCRIPTION:

STATUS: Completed

  • October, 2012 – 80 girls and boys of Machenje Village received new dresses, shorts and tops
  • October, 2012 – shorts and tee shirts bought for boys
  • June, 2011 – 85 girls dresses were handed by Garry Brooks and Maria van Sloun out at Chitanga Community School
  • June, 2011 – dresses shipped from Canada

FUNDING BY: Altrusa International of Naniamo, BC and African Community Project

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PROJECT: Trees For Children

LOCATION: Mukuni Community Forests and Mumbi Community Forests

DESCRIPTION:

STATUS: On going

  • November, 2011Garry Brooks and donor visits the project

FUNDING BY: ChariTree Foundation and  African Community Project

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PROJECT: Makumba Forestry Initiative

LOCATION: Makumba Village

DESCRIPTION:

STATUS: Completed

  • December, 2011Makumba Community Forest is created
  • December, 2011latrine is completed
  • November, 2011150 mosquito nets are given out to children of the village
  • November, 2011tree nurseries are started and seeds planted
  • November, 2011Garry Brooks visits project
  • October, 2011construction on a 2 hole latrine has begun
  • October, 2011adult literacy classes begin at Makumba Community School
  • October, 2011village borehole pumps are serviced
  • October, 2011school supplies and blackboards are delivered to Makumba Community School
  • October, 2011a project facilitator is recruited
  • October, 2011Garry Brooks visits Makumba village and project begins
  • September, 2011Brentwood Bay Rotary approves project

FUNDING BY: Brentwood Bay Rotary Club, Sidney, BC and  African Community Project

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New Latrine at Community School

New Latrine at Community School

A young girl from Makumba Village with her new mosquito net.

A young girl from Makumba Village with her new mosquito net

Completed in 2010

PROJECT: Kaziparile well rehabilitation

LOCATION: Kalabo Village

DESCRIPTION: This borehole in the village of Kalabo has been unusable for most of this year. Before that it produced very little water because as we found out when we removed the pump there were numerous holes in the pipes. The request to ACP to help came from the village headman Victor through Mr. Mwale our facilitator for Mungule Community Forest. It was arranged that the community would supply the labour needed to remove the pump from the well and that a tool kit could be borrowed from a neighboring village. After a morning of hard labour pulling the pipes and pump from 50 meters below the surface; the repairs needed were obvious. A split in the pipe was welded at a nearby shop and Mr. Mwale and I took the mini bus into Lusaka to get the pump rebuilt. When we got to Saro’s, the dealer who sold the pumps it was decided to buy a new pump rather than repairing the old worn out one. The cost to rebuild it would have been almost as costly. We can use the old one for parts or exchange later. The next day I returned to the pump site in the village and found the pump reinstalled and in already in use by the women of the village.  With it repaired they would no longer have to walk some distance to get water. Cement blocks and cement were than purchased to repair the apron around the well which was done the following day by the same crew and bricklayer. The crew appreciated the cool drinks bought for them when the job was completed.

STATUS: Completed

  • October, 2010replaced the well pump, pipes and repaired well apron
  • October 2010met with headmen and water committee

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: Mapalo Charcoal Plantation

LOCATION: Chongwe

DESCRIPTION: The project was started in 2010, when 7 ha. Was acquired in a partnership with the owner. Leucaena and other trees suitable for charcoal production. In 2011 we will plant approximately on quarter of the land in seedlings. As time goes by possible in the third year a charcoal kiln will be built on site and charcoal production will begin. After the fourth year the project will revert to the owner. And during the first four years the project will be used as a teaching tool for educating the land owners of Chongwe District on how to plant and grow commercial crops of trees for charcoal.

STATUS: On going

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: Sanctuary Well Rehabilitation

LOCATION: Kalabo Village

DESCRIPTION: The hand dug well in Kalabo Village, located beside the Great North Road outside Lusaka has been in use for over 50 years. Even in the extreme time of the year has plenty of water. Our concern is that the well is unprotected from contamination and dangerous for the village children and women collecting water. The well has now been lined with baked bricks, a top is now in place and the well cleaned out. The first time since it was dug.

STATUS: Completed

  • October, 2010dug out the exsisting well and lined the new well
  • October, 2010material was bought and bricklayer  hired
  • October 2010met with headmen and water committee

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: NEW WELL

LOCATION: Nkhola Community School

DESCRIPTION: Nkhola Community School; it is in Chieftainess Mwanjawanthu’s chiefdom in Petauke District of Eastern Province. It is located literally on the border between Zambia and Mozambique. My GPS even had it located in Mozambique or at least in ‘no mans land’. When the Chieftainess, who was accompanying us, suggested it should perhaps be moved to a better location, I heartily agreed. When we visited the school in August to take them 2 new blackboards the school was out for the summer break. But within a few minutes of arriving we were surrounded by many children, their parents, the PTA and the teachers. There are 260 children attending the school, they are taught by 2 teachers that have morning and afternoon classes. When the community has ample maize these students are given a noon meal. Possible the only meal of the day for the vulnerable children of the community.

The school is in terrible condition so it was decided by the Chieftainess and the PTA to move the school to a better location. A new sight was selected and Mr. Tembo ACP’s Well Technician proceeded to dig the well with the help of the newly formed water committee and community supplying bricks and gravel. Water was located at 7 meters and the work was started lining the well and constructing an apron.

STATUS: Completed

FUNDING BY: Harbourside Rotary Club, Victoria, BC and African Community Project

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PROJECT: Blackboards, Seeds and Environmental Education

LOCATION: Petauke District Community Schools

DESCRIPTION:

STATUS: Completed

  • April, 2007delivered blackboards and school supplies
  • April, 2007Garry Brooks conducts environmental education

FUNDING BY: LUSH and ACP

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PROJECT: New well at CHISOYO COMMUNITY SCHOOL

VILLAGE: Mchekeni Village

DESCRIPTION: African Community Project (ACP) has been successful in digging wells in this part of Zambia for many years. Acquiring the funds to do so is the greatest challenge of the project. Once the funds are committed our facilitators select a village or community school that is in need of a well. Meetings than take place between the headperson of the village, the PTA, the community at large and ACP. A community water committee (CWC) is than set up and a location for the well is established. ACP prefers to dig their wells as close to the school as possible. The ACP well technician than comes to the potential site and determines the exact spot. Once this is done the community starts to gather bricks for lining the well and river sand and stones to make the concrete. All this is coordinated by the ACP’s district facilitator. Work than begins on the well. The men of the community supplying the labour and the women cooking the meals for the well crew. An average well is from 7 to 12 meters deep and usually will take 2 weeks to dig. Sometimes large rocks are encountered and work can than be slow. Very few wells have been abandoned for lack of water or solid rock. When water is found an additional few meters is dug to create a reservoir and with this done the work on the well head begins. While the well is being lined a top is poured using concrete and reinforcement steel. After the apron around the well is poured the top is cemented in place. The project has been started and the digging of the well is in progress. On August 23 the well is 5 meters deep.

STATUS: Completed

FUNDING BY: The Project Solution and African Community Project

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They have just hit a good flow of water

PROJECT: New Well at MPHANDE VILLAGE

LOCATION: Mphande Village

DESCRIPTION: I am happy to report that the donation given by the Harbourside Rotary Club of Victoria this year went to a village that has asked for a well for over 2 years ago. I pass Mphande Village often, traveling to my forestry projects in Mumbi; watching the women and children waiting to draw dirty water from an open hole in a dry riverbed shared with the communities’ animals made me very determined to help them have clean water. I was able to meet with the village headmen and the community and proudly announce they would get the long promised well. After a lengthy meeting to discuss the need of clean water and of community health the community was ready to move forward. Our well technician, Mr. Phiri, was brought to the village and a site was selected to construct the well. At 7 meters fresh clean water was found on November 26 and the well deepened to accommodate a reservoir. Because of the shortage of cement in Zambia a delay occurred while we searched for bags of cement for the well lining and apron. Just days before my departure home to Victoria my truck arrived from Lusaka, 400 kilometers away with the much needed cement; it was from Zimbabwe. The well is now completed and is being used by 750 grateful people of Mphande village.

STATUS: Completed

FUNDING BY: Harbourside Rotary Club, Victoria, BC and African Community Project

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Well Technician and helper taking a break!

Well Technician and helper taking a break!

 

 

 

Completed in 2008

 

PROJECT:   Rehabilitation of Five Wells

LOCATION: Chiponya, Kolwe, Chiwamira, Chintheng’u and Mumbi Villages

Community Forest: Mumbi Community Forest

DESCRIPTION: All these wells are located in small villages around Mumbi Village. The one in Mumbi Village had just been dug and a large rock had slid down restricting the full use of the well. It was broken up and removed. All other wells above were cleaned out and deepened by as much as 3 meters. The aprons around the well were also repaired at this time. Our Well Technician Mr. Tembo did a very good job on these wells.

STATUS: Completed

  • October, 2005Garry Brooks visited the five villages and viewed the rehabilitated wells

FUNDING BY: Maria van Sloun and African Community Project

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PROJECT: Health Supplies

LOCATION: Mumbi, Various villages

DESCRIPTION: Mary Ellen of Victoria’s Dental Hygiene Clinic has donated hundreds of tooth brushes and tooth paste. We have packaged them into smaller amounts and have passed them out at villages that we are involved in with our reforestation and environmental education programs. This gift to the villagers was very well received and I think it was most of the kids first tooth brush and tooth paste!

STATUS: Completed

FUNDING BY: Victoria’s Dental Hygiene Clinic

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A village with new tooth brushes

 

Completed in 2007

 

PROJECT: LUMAZ Solar Dry Kiln

LOCATION: Lusaka City

DESCRIPTION: To design and build a small solar powered dry kiln for the Lumber Manufacturers Association of Zambia (LUMAZ).  The kiln is located in Lusaka.  Along with participating in the design and construction of this kiln, LUMAZ members have had the opportunity to learn about the principals of drying lumber in a solar kiln as well as universal drying terminology and costing.  They will be able to compare this technology with other lumber drying methods and utilize this knowledge in developing a timber drying programme that will suit their preferred application, be it pre-drying or a complete drying system using solar power.  Considering the high price of energy today, dry kilning of lumber can be a major cost obstacle in producing a competitive product domestically or for export.

As Zambia is situated only 17 degrees from the equator, solar powered lumber drying is a natural and economical method of drying lumber.  Drying times do increase with solar drying but the target of 10 to 12 percent moisture content is easily achieved.  The chances of case hardening, warping and splitting are reduced with this slower drying and the temperature drop in the hours of darkness gives the timber a chance to stabilize.  After the initial cost of building the kiln there are no heating costs unless auxiliary heat is added.  An ideal application for auxiliary heat could be the use of mill waste (sawdust and trim ends) to create heat.  Only a small amount of electricity is used to run the circulating fans per charge.

The LUMAZ kiln has been designed to dry 12 cubic meters of 4/4 stock in a chamber equipped with a solar collector and 3 circulating fans. The controls for the kiln were kept as simple as possible using a wet and dry thermometer and a simple moisture meter. Ventilation controls are also manual with options available for automatic controlling.  The kiln was placed on a concrete slab and built of construction steel, metal sheeting and fiberglass panels.

STATUS: Completed

  • March, 2007put finishing touches on dry kiln and conecting electricity
  • December, 2006work continues on dry kiln
  • November, 2006construction starts on the solar dry kiln
  • November, 2006 Garry Brooks conducts a solar drying workshop with LUMAZ members
  • November, 2006Met with funders of the new kiln

FUNDING BY: African Community Project and the EU

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PROJECT: Build Five Solar Dry Kilns For HAPAZA

LOCATION: Mongu, Mukuni, Kafue and two in Lusaka

DESCRIPTION: Mumwa Crafts Association (MCA) is located in Mongu, Western Province. They are a member of HAPAZA with a large membership of crafts people ranging from weavers to carvers. This membership covers the whole of Western Province with Mongu being its central point and connection to Lusaka. In October 2006 a solar dry kiln was delivered and a workshop on Solar drying of carvings was conducted at the Mumwa Crafts location. During the workshop a committee was elected from the membership in attendance to manage the solar kiln and they were given instruction on using the instrumentation and keeping of records. One of the carvers happily supplied wood for the first charge and the kiln was loaded. This wood was collected by funds given by the consultant and it was becoming clear that transport and its cost would become a problem. In early December the consultant returned to Mongu and met with the kiln committee. The wood that had been put into the kiln in late October was now dry. It recorded moisture contents of 10 – 12 percent. Records that had been kept during the drying time by the committee showed peak temperature in the kiln had reached the high 50 degrees (Celsius) during the late afternoons. The committee was now left with the task of coordinating the collection of carving wood and the management of the kiln.

STATUS: Completed

  • August, 2007 – construction starts on Lalanda carvers dry kiln
  • August, 2007 – Garry Brooks conducts an evaluation visit to Kabwata Culture Centre
  • August, 2007 – Garry Brooks conducts solar dry kiln workshop for Lalanda carvers
  • August, 2007 – Garry Brooks conducts workshop in Mukuni Village for carvers
  • July, 2007 – Garry Brooks conducts a solar dry kilning workshop at Mumwa Crafts in Mongu
  • December, 2006 – Garry Brooks visits Mongu and conducts monitoring and evaluatios on dry kiln
  • November, 2006 – Garry Brooks conducts  monitoring and evaluations at Kabwata Culture village
  • October, 2006 – Kiln delivered to Mukuni village
  • October, 2006 – Garry Brooks conducts solar drying workshop at Mukuni village
  • October, 2006 – Kiln delivered to Mongu
  • October, 2006 – Garry Brooks travels to Mongu and conducts solar drying workshop
  • October, 2006 – Garry Brooks met with Kabwata carvers
  • October, 2006 – Garry Brooks visited Kafue carvers
  • June, 2006 – Started construction of dry kilns
  • April, 2006 – Garry Brooks conducted workshop on dry kilning at Kafue
  • April, 2006 – Garry Brooks conducted workshop on dry kilning at Kabwata Culture Center
  • March, 2006 – Met with funder and received funding for project
  • November, 2005 –  delivered the solar dry kiln to Kafue
  • November, 2005 – Garry Brooks conducted solar dry workshop in Kafue
  • November, 2005 – delivered the solar dry kiln to Kabwata Culture Village
  • November, 2005 – work continues of the first solar dry kilns

FUNDING: African Community Project and the EU

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Small solar dryer used for drying carvings!

Small solar dryer used for drying carvings!

Completed in 2006

PROJECT: New well

LOCATION: Salatiyele Village

COMMUNITY FOREST: Mumbi Community Forests

DESCRIPTION: This well was dug at Salatiyele Village located along side the Minga Road at Minga Bus Stop in Eastern Province. Until the well was dug, the 500 or so people in the village shared an open water hole with the village cattle. After explaining water borne diseases and the need for clean drinking water the community was very excited to form a well committee and help doing their part in the digging of their well. Mr. Phiri was ACP’s Well Technician on site. The men and women in the village are also involved in a tree nursery that has also been set up at the local school by ACP.

STATUS: Completed

  • December, 2006well completed with plenty of water
  • November, 2006 – well technician starts new well
  • November, 2006met with Headwomen and village and decussed the new well site.

FUNDING BY: Harbourside Rotary Club, Victoria and African Community Project

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Thanks! Harbourside Rotary Club

PROJECT: New Well At  Mumbi Village

LOCATION: Mumbi Community Fotrests

DESCRIPTION: To dig a well in Mumbi Village to help eliminate the long waits at the other only other well in the village. This new well was dug at the far end of the village, away from the existing well. It is located in the middle of a field that can no longer grow crops. We would like this area to be reforested into a firewood plantation of Leucaena trees. The villagers will use this well for clean drinking water and it will be used by the community tree nursery. The well was dug in a week by one of African Community Project’s Well Technician and the community provided the bricks and additional labour. Good water was founding abundance at 7 meters.

STATUS: Completed

FUNDING: Harbourside Rotary Club, Victoria and African Community Project

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Completed in 2005

 

PROJECT: Rehabilitation of 2 wells in Manga Village

LOCATION: Mumbi Community Forests

DESCRIPTION:  The three villages Msala, Manga,Sasika are now combined into one, which will be called Manga Village. They will still have three headmen as leaders. They had waited not so patiently sometimes for the well at Mumbi to be completed; the road they use in and out of the area passes very close to the well. So, they were very happy to see the facilitator come and organize the work parties for the wells to be rehabilitated.  I was very happy to see them planning a watering trough for their goats and wanting to know when they were getting the seeds for a tree nursery. The repairing of the cement works around the wellhead is now completed.

STATUS: Completed

FUNDING: Ryan’s Well Foundation and African Community Project

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STATUS: Completed

FUNDING BY: ACP

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PROJECT: Rebuilding Two Cattle Dips and Environmental Education

LOCATION: Kalambabakali Village and Manyanwa Village

DESCRIPTIONOn October 31, 2003, I was invited by WWF’s Project Manager, Nalumino Nyambe to go on a tour of the MCA and the surrounding communities. Accompanying me were Board members of a small struggling NGO, CEFI (which became African Community Project). The tour was conducted by Phanwell Moonga the Project Manager for MCA; we were introduced to Chief Mwanachingwala and his council, and visited one of the communities. The visit was a success. On my own, I have returned several times to visit Mazabuka and had the great privilege of introducing my wife to the Chief and getting to know him personally. At that time, I indicated that I would help him and his people in their quest for sustainable livelihoods.

Meanwhile I than returned to Canada, while in Canada and communicating with Nalumino it was decided that I would help with restoring the cattle dips on my return to Zambia in September, I personally committed funds to rehabilitate two cattle dips in the community. They are communal and were selected by Chief Mwanachingwala and his people; one being at Manyanwa and the other at Kalambabakali village.  The funding is in place and work is progressing at a steady pace, and is being overseen by the MCA Manager Phanwell Moonga. I am now aggressively seeking future funding to produce a workable five-year plan, in treatment of livestock diseases, in the community. This will be in the form of education, more dip tanks, vaccination use and in introducing better cattle breeds. All this will lead to milk, butter, cheese, beef production, and become income generating.

STATUS: Completed

  • November, 2004Garry Brooks visits the two completed cattle dips
  • October, 2004material bought and crew started on rebuilding cattle dips
  • October, 2004Garry Brooks visited Chief Mwanachingwala at his palace
  • December, 2003working on community projects with MCA
  • November, 2003Garry Brooks visits Chief Mwanachingwala and agrees to work on projects at MCA

FUNDING BY: African Community Project

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PROJECT: REFORESTATION of ZAMBIA

LOCATION: Mumbi Comunity Forests

DESCRIPTION: This project is on going. ACP facilitators across Zambia are working with individual communities, community schools and other stakeholders to promote reforestation and environmental education. ACP teaches these groups how to set up tree nurseries, supplying them with necessary material and seeds and also how to take care of their trees. As the interest grows in the community and the people have understood the need to reforest; millions of tree seeds are distributed. These seeds range from fast growing Moringa, Leucaena and Jatropha to fruit trees, shade trees and most importantly indigenous trees that are being over cut. Commercial trees like pine and eucalyptus are also planted. The uses of these trees are also taught like: Moringa for health products, Leucaena for firewood, charcoal and nitrogen fixing, Jatropha for bio fuels, Pine for building timber and Eucalyptus for power poles. ACP is active all across Zambia promoting reforestation and afforestation with the goal of creating a sustainable forests and livelihoods.

STATUS: Completed

FUNDING BY: African Community Project and Sukhi Lulli

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PROJECT: Girls Dormitory at Nsenya Basic School

LOCATION: Nsanya Basic School

DESCRIPTION:

STATUS: Completed

  • March, 2004 dormatory finished
  • December, 2003material and supplies bought for dormitory
  • December, 2003community starts making bricks for dormitory
  • December, 2003plans are being made for the girls dormatory
  • November, 2003Garry Brooks  and Maria van Sloun visits Nsenja Basic School

FUNDING BY: Brend Stassen and ACP

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Completed in 2003

PROJECT: CANADA BRIDGE

LOCATION: Chilambila Village/Chifwema Village

DESCRIPTION: This project was to rebuild a small bridge that had been washed out and which made any movement of vehicles impossible into Chilambila unless you went around to Chifwema. The schools at the two villages are ran by ZOCS (Zambia Open Community Schools) and I was assigned by VSO Canada (Voluntary Service Overseas) to work with ZOCS on some community projects, one of which was rebuilding the bridge. After consulting the community, work was started. Most of the bags of cement used were ferried from Chifwema on the back of my 125 Honda motor bike. The trip took well over an hour. Some days there was over 100 people working, carrying rock, shifting sand, cooking, settings stone and overseeing. This project started me off in the direction I am now going. I lost over 40 pounds living in the village; but gained well over 40 pounds of knowledge from the people, about themselves and mother Africa.

STATUS: Completed

  • October, 2004Garry brooks visits Chilambila village and the bridge
  • October, 2003 the bridge is completed
  • August, 2003the bridge reconstruction has started
  • July, 2003Garry Brooks moves to Chifwema Village 
  • July, 2003Garry Brooks visited the bridge with donors

FUNDING BY: VSO and VOCS

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women carry rocks for bridge repair

women carry rocks for bridge repair