I sit here at my computer and old man winter is at our back door.
It is -19 degrees Celsius outside and probably -25 with the wind chill.
But when I come into my office I see the pictures of Africa on my 17″ screen saver and feel warm.
It has been quite a while since I have written a blog but it is time.
I thought I had accomplished what I had set out to do by paying for Njamba and his brother Kufuku ( Brian as he calls himself in the final video). I felt relieved and told Carl that I didn’t feel the need to go back to Kalabo. Then on the 25 hour flight home I couldn’t help thinking about building a school there. I spent those hours drawing up the plans.
I know, you probably think I am crazy. Carl did at first but he knows me.
My thinking is that once they build the road from Mongu to Kalabo there will be more traffic to Kalabo and even on to the now stable Angola. Angola has a plethora of natural resources just waiting to be cultivated.
Why not open a hospitality/trade school in Kalabo to teach people how to accommodate all of that traffic. That is what I know best. I was in the restaurant business for 20 years. The people there need to learn a skill to be self sufficient and they are keen to learn.
I am presently waiting to hear from the Ministry of Education in Zambia to see if I can open K.H.A.T.S ( Kalabo Hospitality And Trade School ) in the under used existing Kalabo High School.
I have attached the ROUGH draft of my plans and they keep growing. I am making great connections with people who may help this new dream come true.
Have a read if you like and let me know what you think.
If you know anyone who would like to help with this project I am all ears.
I am still not sure of the exact names for the non profit or the school/s so these may change.
This is what I sent to Fredrick as he will be the Head Master of the school.
E.S.Z.A= Economic Stability Zambia Africa – Name of the Non Profit Organization
M.H.A.T. S=Mongu Hospitality & Trade School
K.H.A.T.S.= Kalabo Hospitality & Trade School
Agriculture & Gardening
Composting-good soil production
Seeds-Harvesting, Growing from seed, seed protection stands/shelters
Crops- growing, drying, cleaning, bagging & selling
Irrigation-water retention- building holding tanks for water during rainy season out of cement block
Herbs-thyme, basil, sage, oregano, tarragon, Italian parsley, chives, garlic, rosemary.
Vegetables-sweet potatoes, white potatoes, yellow onions, green onions, beets, cabbage, lettuce, maize, sweet peppers, hot peppers, beef steak tomatoes. cherry tomatoes, squash, zucchini, eggplant, beans, legumes, quinoa, melons.
Trees, lime, lemon, orange, mango, pawpaw, papaya, the trees that elephants eat
We could have a market day twice a week to sell our vegetables
Sewing and Retail
Every student will have to learn to sew!
Each student will make one of the following for them selves and one to sell in the retail store on site. The retail store will ideally be located between the guest house and restaurant.
-Uniform: F-dress M-shorts & shirt
-Apron- to be worn while working in restaurant on site
-back pack-for carrying books & personal supplies
-utility bags for carrying groceries or what ever
-Hat- for working in the garden
-Pajamas- to wear to sleep F- nightgown M-Nightshirt
– Hoodie( jacket) for warmth
-Pillow-to sleep with
-sheets-to sleep with
-Blanket- to sleep with
-tablecloth-one for restaurant and one to keep or gift for parents
-napkins for restaurant
-clean cotton to stuff in pillows
-each student will make a name label for the items they are keeping and also a label with the schools name on it to put in the product we are selling.
Knitting and Croche’
-Knit- socks, scarves, hats, sweaters, baby blankets and full size blankets, tea cozies, baby toys
-learn how to make quilted blankets and pillow covers for bedding
Laundry & Sanitation
Each student will wash their own clothing, linens. They will wash their own uniform daily and hang to dry in their room over night.
Each student will do a shift doing laundry for Guest House & Restaurant
Each student will learn how to wash floors, toilets, walls, proper sanitary procedures.
Learn how to make soap and environmentally safe cleaning supplies, ie ash, baking soda, vinegar, use old tooth brushes as cleaning tools.
-have a car wash facility to earn extra income
-we will combine this class so the guards have some thing to do rather than just stand around
-each student will take turns on security, girls included
-there will always be at least 8 people on security at all times
-we will train some dogs as well and have a cat for mice.
-animal husbandry- looking after the chickens, ducks, geese, goats
Accounting & Computers- Lubasi
-each student will learn how to do basic accounting
-each student will learn how to use a computer- Word (Typing), email, internet search
( Google, Yahoo, Internet Explorer)
-each student will learn basic costing of items to make a profit when selling items
-food cost, inventory, income & expenses
-draw fake money to use for practice in restaurant
-there will be an English class but only English will be spoken in the classroom, including the guest house & restaurant.
-students will learn how to cook low cost healthy meals for the students & restaurant
-learn food preparation, hygiene, proper food temperatures to avoid bacteria, food cost,
-saving seeds for re planting
-inventory & storage
-drying and storing herbs-put in jars to sell in retail store
-curried rice, rice pilaf, corn bread, bread, vegetable stir fry, omelets, tortillas,etc.
Woodworking & Carpentry
- – the students will build tables & chairs for the restaurant and to sell
- – cashiers stand in restaurant
- – server stand in restaurant
- – hand washing stand
- – also bunk beds for the dormitory and guest house
- – double beds for guest house
- – bed side tables for residents & guest house
- – prep table for kitchen
- – shelves for kitchen storage
- – shelves for retail store
- – sheds for animals
- – shed for garden tool storage
- – shade covers for seedlings
- – stall to sell vegetables
- – fencing
- – an outdoor covered area for out door classes for gardening
- – students would learn the basics of carpentry using hand tools
- – safety
Art, Painting & Signage
-paint big seeds to sell with school name on them
-paint school walls
-paper mache art to sell
-possible painting material, table cloths, napkins, curtains
-Learn the basics of electrical
-toilet installation & repair
-make outdoor molds for toilets, then plant a tree on top
-build water reservoirs to collect water during rainy season
-fish fertilization system
-students will learn to set tables, serve guests, clear tables, do dishes, give customer the bill, collect money( using the fake money), give proper change,
-portion size for food cost
– clean restaurant
-opening and closing procedures
-napkin folding, silverware roll ups.
-there will be a cashier handling all of the real money who will start with a float and count the cash brought in at the end of their shift.
- – there will hopefully be a 10 room guest house
- – students will learn how to run a guest house
- – cleaning, making beds, refilling soap, coffee supplies
- – insect control
- – purchasing items needs to run a guest house
- – collecting payments( using fake money), invoicing
I am not sure of all the details but the idea is that the facility would be self sufficient.
I might have someone to invest in this project but I have to know the costs first before I speak to them further.
I would like to have 50 girls & 50 boys
There would be an entrance fee equivalent to one 50lb bag of rice, ie tomatoes, maize, vegetables, cotton, chickens, goat, fish, sweet potatoes etc.
We would need the entrance fee for start up to feed all of the students.
Possible Additional Training-Extra curricular activities
-Set up a day care, pre school for the neighbourhood
-sports-football team, running club, volley ball, badminton
-fish fertilizer programe
-cement water tanks, rain barrels
-paper mache crafts
-get community involved, seed production, adult literacy, planting trees
- – a pick up truck
- – a trailer would also be good to pull behind the truck to bring supplies
- – wood working & gardening tools
- – dishes ,cutlery, pots & pans, utensils for restaurant
- – two large refrigerators, maybe three
- – two large freezers, maybe three
- – cooking stove
- – outside BBQ
- – fabric and thread supplier
- – wool supplier
- – notebook and school supplies
- – office supplies
- – garden seed container supplier
- – cement block supplier to build cisterns to hold water during rainy season
- – plumbing supplier
- – 5 computers
- – 5 sewing machines- we may have to start sewing by hand
- – large bins to make composters and catch rain water
- – electricity
- – indoor plumbing
- – a building to facilitate
- student residence 26 rooms with bunk beds- 4 to a room
- two rooms with only two students who are student monitors
- guest house-10 rooms with double bed & two bunk beds in each room
- 5 rooms for teachers-double bed( sewing, gardening, Carpentry, cooking, restaurant)
- 1 room for me with double bed and one set of bunk beds for guest teachers from Canada
- 1 room for Frederick ( Operations Manager) with double bed and if you want one set of bunk beds
- 1 room for Lubasi ( Accounts manager/teacher)with double bed and set of bunk beds
- 1 room for Kufuku( Security/ landscaping Manager) dbl bed & bunk beds
- 1 room for Njamba( assist Lubasi/teacher)- he is good at math
- restaurant- 20 tables
- retail store
- kitchen facilities
- laundry facilities
- shed to store gardening tools including, pots & seed starter bags for growing
- housing for chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, geese
- housing for goats
- shed to store feed for animals
- outdoor covered area for classes
- sewing room
- car wash area
- 4-5 class rooms
We may also plan to have a lumber mill and send the students to work at the mill.
This is not my area or expertise so I will leave that to you Frederick to look into what we would need and what the start up costs would be.
The only thing I request if we cut trees to mill that we plant two for every one we cut down.
This is the basic plan that I am sure will grow as we think of things we could do.
As I said before it will not happen quickly.
We have to get you a computer so you and I can communicate more easily.
I can get one in Canada for about $450.00 CND or 2.5 million KW but it will cost me $621.00CND or 3.2 million KW approximately to send it by DHL.
Therefore I don’t know if it is better to just wire you the money and you can buy a decent one that works well.
I have to raise the money to do that. I only work part time and I have lost some work recently. I just applied for three positions yesterday so maybe something will come up.
I also have to look into how to start a Non Profit Organization. I will let you know how that goes. Apparently I need a board of directors and they will make all of the decisions.
I hope you and your family are well!
All the best
PS. If you can think of a better name for the Non profit organization I would be happy to hear it. Maybe some thing with Barotseland, Western Province or Silozi?
-we could make a brick coal or wood oven to bake bread etc.
Arts & Crafts
-we will need to make our own signs
- • Market days & times
- • Retail store
- • Boat and bus to market
- • Furniture for sale
- • Class room signs
-we can make guava jam, peanut butter and mango chutney
-make cotton mattresses for the beds
-make candles & holders
-bags for people to carry what they purchase
-people can trade goods for product ie food, fish, etc.
The trees that elephants eat.
I know you must think I am crazy but we need to start all the villages west of Mongu planting the trees that elephants eat.
If we put them in pots and when they are about 1 foot high we can take them and sell them to all of the private safari lodges and National Parks who have elephants and plant them in an area that has been stripped of trees.
With out elephants you don’t have tourism.
Western Province does not have elephants west of Mongu so the trees would be safe from Elephants stealing them.
If you plant hot peppers near the trees you are trying to grow the elephants will stay away as they don’t like hot peppers. We can sell them too.
So Frederick we need to start collecting the seeds NOW to plant these trees.
Carl thinks it would be best to have a portable mill but this will only do shorter pieces of wood less than 20 feet long. That way we can keep the mill safe by the school and take orders for wood.
We have to look into this because the wood has to age/cure after it is cut so it will not warp. It will probably be faster in Zambia because it is dry there in winter. We will also need a storage facility to keep it dry in the rainy season. Lots to plan, research and think about!
In Canada a portable saw mill costs approximately $23000.00. It is best to fell the trees from December to Feb when it is cold so the sap is down in the roots and then the trees dry more quickly.
Then you mill them in March & April and they cure and are ready to use in July –November.
I have been in touch with Fredrick by text but it is hard to plan a school that way.