Sr. Immaculata, founder of the Mpekala Project which trains rural Zambian women in the growing and economic uses of sisal, has documented the initial phase of the planting some sisal fields.
She has photographed the new fields and the women are planning to create more fields when the rains come.
Meanwhile, as the first crops grow, the women will learn how to make various items, like baskets, bags and floor mats, from a skilled artisan.
Because sisal needs very little rain to grow it will be a dependable source of material for this purpose and can bring much needed income into these outlying areas and sustain the women and their families.
Sister Immaculata, Livingstone, Zambia
Thursday, August – Zambia Is Us Concert
Preconcert party – 4:30 to 5:30 in the Highlands in East Chop
Silent Auction with handmade quilts – a collaboration of Zambian and Island women- 6pm
Opening act Suesan Stovall at 7:30pm
Featuring Melanie DeMore and the Instantaneous Community Choir at 8pm
Tickets $25 at Island Entertainment, Alley’s General Store and Above Ground Records and online through TicketsMV (+party $50)
Come and see one of a kind African auction items, the soulful and groovy songstylist Suesan Stovall and the awesome inspiration on Melanie DeMore, and help Zambian children at the same time! Let music and art help us wage peace together.
For information call Marsha at 508 693 4059.
Saving Jack Mwanapapa
When I returned from Zambia in the beginning of February I received a message from Sydney Mwamba that his home village of Jack Mwanapapa had been partially destroyed when the Nasanzu river flooded. No lives were lost, but gone were three houses, livestock, farm equipment and a year’s worth of crops.
First an earthquake in Haiti, next in Chile, and now more hardship and loss in a forgotten little corner of Zambia.
Not knowing what else to do, I sent out an email to everyone I knew asking for $10, and in one week’s time, I am able to send $1000 dollars to Bugner Chanda, one of the tradesmen in the village who goes into town regularly and can pick up the money at the Livingstone Western Union. Thanks to so many kind people who took the time to put a $10 dollar check in the mail. I DO believe, I DO believe in fairies and angels and kind people.