Another Fantastic Fundraiser thanks to Manitoba Growers
Despite some challenging harvest conditions for western Canadian growers this fall, The Manyinga Project is very grateful for the hard work and generosity of three Manitoba farms that have harvested over 2800 bushels of wheat and over 2000 bushels of canola – proceeds from which will go to the Manyinga Project. With three fields donated this year, this is our biggest harvest yet, and the initiative continues to grow through increasing interest in the Manyinga Project from local growers.
Thanks to the Harvest Crews - the crops are safe and sound in their respective bins and waiting to be marketed through local grain merchants this winter.
Special thanks to the following Morris, MB area individuals and businesses for their support of the 2018 Manyinga Field Initiative: Art Enns, March River Farms, Doug and Elona Dyck, Paterson Grain, and GJ Chemical.
- Samafunda School (K-7) enrolment is now at 199 students, which is up quite substantially (spring 2016 had 165 students). The grade 1 class is the largest, with 38 students.
- There are four teachers, five student teachers and one assistant employed to support the student body.
- The solar lights used for reading continue to be very useful.
- The garden continues to produce well, and vegetables are consumed as part of the nutrition program.
- 28 X 50 kg bags of corn were harvested from 10 lima of planted maize (four hectares) – though this is a lower yield than last year. Next year’s crop will be more closely monitored and planted earlier in the growing season to make use of early-season moisture.
- The orchard is growing well now that water from the borehole is available (students water the orchard twice weekly).
- A she goat had quadruplets (though one died after a week). This brings the goat population up to 14 head.
- Two classroom blocks were recently painted, and the space is much brighter for the students!
Highlights from Chinema School report - submitted by John
- Chinema School (K-7) enrolment is at 256 students – which is consistent with previous terms. The grade two class has the most students (45).
- There are six teachers, three student teachers and one assistant employed to support this student body.
- There are also nine support staff (from watchmen to cooking help) at Chinema School
- The garden produced very well this term. There was enough vegetable production for the feeding program and for market sales of 25 zmk sold to date (about $2.50 USD)
- The orchards continue to produce well, and this term marks the first market sales from the Chinema Orchard! Enough oranges were harvested to feed the pupils and for market sales of 93 zmk (about $9 USD). Crop production skills like manure fertilization, and fungal control have been implemented to improve yields. The banana and guava trees have started producing as well!
- Chinema school produced the equivalent of 97 X 50 kg bags of maize on 19 limas (about five hectares). 75 bags were sold to Loloma Hospital and the remaining 20 were left for the school feeding program (September 2018 – June 2019). This excellent yield is due in part to crop rotation made possible by agriculture teacher John offering to swap fields with the school for this term’s production.
- There are currently 14 goats at Chinema. Five of the females are currently pregnant, and two of the billy goats were slaughtered for the feeding program. One billy goat was sold to market for 320 zmk (about $32 USD).
- Funds raised from the sales of fruits, maize and goats goes towards the purchase of books, pencils and pens for the students at Chinema School.
- Due to very good garden, field crop and orchard yields, the feeding program at Chinema School has been very successful. This term, there were five feeding events at Chinema for students:
- Sweet potatoes and a nutritional supplement drink (X2)
- Nshima (corn meal porridge) and goat meat
- Oranges and tangerines
Children from Chinema participate in the community feeding program, sponsored by the Manyinga Project.
- Agricultural lessons for Grades 6 and 7 focus on the following topics: Agriculture in Zambia (including importance of food security, bee keeping, dairy farming, ranching and fish farming); AgroEcological Regions of Zambia; and Factors that Influence Agriculture Development (like climate, market, roads and research)
- Grade 5 students learn basic agricultural theory like general agricultural production in Zambia, soil science and soil composition.
Visit to the schools in 2018
The Manyinga Project was vey fortunate to have Manitoba grower Art Enns accompany Dr. Allan and Myrna Ronald on a visit to the Manyinga District in Zambia this past January.
The Manyinga District is agricultural, and while students have access to land that they can crop, the most fertile land is largely occupied. For many students, the land is not initially suitable for immediate production, may not be cleared nor developed and suitable for cropping, and is very dependent on fertilizer. This underlines the importance of the agricultural education the Manyinga Project Provides – so that children can make the very most of the land they can access. Knowledge of pest control, timely applications of fertilizer and knowing when to plant are critical to a good harvest.
The practicum portion of the agricultural program consists of field crop/garden, orchard and livestock production. At the Samafunda School, the garden is located about 2 km away from the school. All transportation is on foot – so students can put in several hours simply walking to their garden plots, carrying seed, water and fertilizer necessary for a harvest.
When ready, crops get removed from the field crops/garden and carried back to the schools to be harvested (husked, shelled, etc.) Of this harvested crop, some gets sold, some gets stored (if dry, rodent-free space is available) and some gets consumed by the community. There are many farmer’s markets in the Manyinga District where crops and fruits can be marketed by students and their families.