Category Archives: Chilupula

New Challenges to Rural Farmers

Although the rains have come and the rivers are running, a new challenge has occurred. Army worms! In some places the worms are so dense they threaten to destroy nearly the entire maize crop. The President had sent emergency pesticides … Continue reading

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Patience Needed as Disaster Strikes

Even though we did not agree, the Government told us we had to use the old bore hole. As you may remember, we were waiting on the certification report from the Government so we could begin plumbing in the old … Continue reading

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Election Over, Planting to Begin

Victor has been out at his farm getting ready for the planting season to begin. The Government has started to function, again, so the report on the well is being written even as I write. We should see it soon. … Continue reading

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Nothing is Simple in Zambia!

Our borehole project was going full steam. Mwachilele School had selected the place for the well, the drillers had come by to determine what they would need to drill, Victor had the tank and stand built and delivered. All we … Continue reading

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Tractors are Working

The harvest in Chilupula has started. It was a very bad year because of the drought, but our farmers used the tractors to work 35 hectares, near the goal of 40 we set last year. Without water, farmers who planted … Continue reading

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Skyping with our Birmingham-Covington Students

I had the pleasure of Skyping with our Michigan students and informing them about the progress with the bore hole that they funded, along with the recreation equipment. For a short time Victor was on the Skype, but then the … Continue reading

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Drilling to Begin on Bore Hole!

The money raised by the students in Michigan made its way to Zambia last week. We now have enough to drill the bore hole at Mwachilele School. Victor is meeting with the Head Teacher at the school this week to … Continue reading

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Good and Bad News!

Victor returns with a mix of good and bad news. Mwachilele school has taken their Government money and bought a desktop computer that will allow them to use the cell phone signal to communicate with their Michigan friends by email! … Continue reading

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Did We Survive?

Zambia is way down on its luck, with drought, collapsing copper prices, and drastic loss of power supplies. How did our village survive the lost rains this last season? Victor is heading out to the villages today to find out. … Continue reading

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Cosmic Chess Part 3: Drought

We are waiting with concern to hear the outcomes of our Chilupula Project. Drought has hit Zambia. Farmers are reporting severely diminished yields. Zambia’s major reservoirs have dropped to 40% of normal. Since hydro power is the major source of … Continue reading

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