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News from Tiko  Tikondane Community Centre  Web:   www.tikondane.org  email: tikocc@zamtel.zm

 

28 April 2010

 

  

All well at Tiko — except for Internet Dear friends of Tikondane, how are you? I am Florian. Maybe you remember me from the last newsletter, where I am standing next to my bike, which is much admired. I am a German, 22 years old and have been at Tiko for two months now and will stay for another four months. At the moment it is Harvest season of maize. Maize is the staple food here, although Elke and our agriculture experts, I am told, are trying very hard to replace maize with sorghum, since maize is dependent on rain at two important times and also needs expensive artificial fertilizer, which leeches the soil. And Nsima (the thick porridge that is eaten here in Zambia) made from sorghum is almost better than from maize. The rainy season is coming to an end now. I expected the rainy season to be worse. I thought it would rain every day, but it was more like a summer in Germany. Now we are going to have the cold dry season and everybody tells me that I am going to freeze soon. At the moment it is some days cloudy and some days still hot. Honestly I am looking forward for the cold, dry season. Tiko's Community School is closed for holidays, but the other departments are working. And the harvest influences the holidays of the kids. I wanted to introduce a basketball program during the holidays, but nobody came. Somebody explained to me that the kids may have to help with the harvesting or take care of the small ones so that the parents can work in the field. The work at the new school building is progressing very well and I think after the school holidays the children will be able to start schooling in their new classrooms. We are having a Proposal Writing This building of Tiko's first block of classrooms has workshop for some of the adults at progressed quite a bit since this photo was taken. Tiko. And the workshop is going well. We have already written a proposal for our new eco-tourist accommodation and at the moment we are working on a proposal to set up a workshop to train people in soap making and starting their own business. And the registration for the Adult education is in progress. The Adult education will start in May.


A small but wondrous event has been a new goat was born. Because a member of parliament died in a road accident, there has been an election and the Vice President spent a night at Tiko when he was in the area electioneering. Bye for now from Florian at Tiko Dear Friends, this is Elke, who is only two weeks away from getting home – more news then. Please note that there is no internet at Tiko right now. Elke has a new cell phone which can receive internet, she is told. Thankfully Mustapher has already worked out that trick and so some emails have been getting through to Tiko via Mustapher's phone. For the next four weeks though (ie, till the end of May), please make sure urgent or important emails are sent to at least two of the following email addresses: Elke: elketiko@hotmail.co.uk Mustapher: mustapher81@yahoo.com Florian: flo.kobuss@googlemail.com But for now warmest regards and very best wishes Elke and the crew

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Tikondane Newsletter, April 2010