During Malawi’s winter season, (June-Sept), the irrigation garden at our Centre successfully produced huge quantities of vegetables for the local vulnerable community - mustard, chinese cabbage, rape, onions, sweet potato, and over 250 tomato plants fruited.
Our chicken project is still in it’s early stages as we try to breed black austrolopes as stock improvers for local villagers. Hatching of this particular breed is notoriously difficult but the potential size of eggs draws us on. We’re delighted to report, our first batch of chicks is growing well.
Next Stage:- Main community crops to be planted with the annual rains
We’ve met with 34 of the local Chiefs, and all are keen to partner with us to grow cassava for seed multiplication, along with sorghum, soya and pigeon peas in Community “Gardens” (fields), to benefit the vulnerable in their villages.
They’ve each donated a piece of land, and gathered volunteers to prepare and work the ground. We’ve issued seeds, and along with the local Government Agricultural Advisers, will monitor, encourage, and provide pesticides where necessary.
The milk project is our leading work in Chiringa, where it saves lives and radically improves the nutritional standards of severely malnourished and disadvantaged youngsters. It’s essential, with the combination of milk, heat and sickly children, that a uniquely high level of hygiene is adopted, though it’s a constant struggle with the shortage of water.
Agnes, pictured here is one of the babies
receiving our goats’ milk At 6 months old,
she’s an orphan and weighs just a few kgs.
She’s unable to progress to phala (porridge)
yet, so the milk she receives from us is her
All our goats are doing well, growing and maturing. We brought the male “saanen” stud goat onto site for a few months, and the breeding plan is progressing.
Hopefully the patter of tiny female hooves will be heard from next April, increasing our cross-saanen milking stock.
This is page 2 Autumn trip 2009