Check out the New Page!
We started a new page on our website (www.danandregina.org Discussion page)!
This page is dedicated to the many challenges we are encountering in our effort to establish a Transformational Community in Zambia, and an effort to include as many of you as desire to help in the overall ministry – some may donate, some may come to Zambia and put in the elephant fence or water system, and some may research how best to do it and share their knowledge. Here are the ways you can connect on this page:
Enter into the discussion – click on the topic link (the title to each topic is a link to it’s separate page), adding your comments to the topics. Insert links to other sites for further study, but most importantly, give your opinion on what you have read. I do not have time to do all the research – I want to hear what you think. If you would like to start a new topic, make a comment on the bottom of this page and I will start that new topic, or if you want, I will put you on as a member to actually post topics yourself.
Donate to a project – first research how much it will cost, check out the details with us, then donate what you can (use the PAYPAL donate button and be sure to type which project it is for where it says “special instructions to the seller”) and I will keep a running tab on how much has been designated for each project.
Implement a project – get in touch with us for timing and such, post your intentions for others to join, get your plane ticket and come do it!
ELEPHANT PROOF FENCE – Elephants have basically free reign to tramp thru the villages of southern Zambia to munch on gardens and fields. The villagers are terrified…
ESTIMATED COST ___________ AMOUNT RECEIVED TO DATE _______________
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WELL DRILLING – The problem of getting water to the villages of Zambia is huge! Survival depends on water – for drinking, washing clothes, bathing, and watering gardens. Either the people live along a river but it has crocodiles so they cannot use it, or they live away from a river and must try to dig wells or walk for miles. Every village I have been to seems to need water! They all walk miles for water and it is always treacherous. I looked into the cost of having a professional well driller come – just for drilling the hole – without pump or cement casing – it was over $10,000! So someone suggested we should get a portable well drilling rig – hand operated.
ESTIMATED COST $1000 (plus shipping) AMOUNT RECEIVED ______________
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WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM – Our base is on the Zambezi, so plenty of water. But to drink it we need to purify it. Will we need to purify the water if we drill a well? I don’t know. Many other villages drink from questionable streams or water sources. There are different types of systems – which is most cost effective? Which is most long lasting? Can I get the systems in Africa? Is there a way to build one with common materials that can be found in any village? Is there something that can work for a household on small scale, or be magnified for a whole village water system? These are some of the questions I have, and you may have many more.
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IMPLEMENTED BY __________________________________
WATER SYSTEM FOR HOME BASE – We will soon need a water system – we have teams arriving starting Jan 2010. It would be so good to have at least a temporary system available by then. And with the heat and hard work we will all be doing, we want to have a shower enclosure available with plenty of water! (If we can get a crocodile proof fence built soon that would be wonderful too!) But long term we want to have experimental gardens, long term staff housing, guest housing, orphan homes, schools, etc – LOTS of water! We are on the river, so there is an unlimited source of water available. Of course we have no electricity either – so we need some ingenuity here. (But then there is the issue of other villages that are not on the river – what kind of water system can we help them build? This will come later, but I am thinking of it as we build our home base.)
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POWER SYSTEM FOR HOME BASE – We are within 3-10 miles from a power line I am told. But we need at least temporary power for the first year or two I imagine. What is the best – Water turbine? Wind? (I have not seen much wind there) Solar? Generator? A combination? What absolutely needs power? Probably a pump for water, a few bulbs, the filtration system (?). We can cook by fire or better, a gas cooker. Refrigerator? Ask my wife – she will know better. A hair dryer??? Ugh.
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FARMING/GARDENING EXPERIMENTATION – The people are almost starving; the land is abundant; elephants threaten; drought – we don’t know for sure; what kind of crops would thrive there? What can we experiment with? Can we create good business with some niche that no one has done yet? Coffee? Dried and exported mangoes that go to waste because of super abundance? How do we fertilize? How to conserve water in scarcity? What techniques and alternative crops? Fish farming? Give your thoughts and seeds.
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POSSIBLE TOPICS TO ENTER INTO – LEAVE A COMMENT TO ACTIVATE ONE :
- DESIGNING THE BASE, THE GUEST LODGING, THE STAFF HOUSING, THE ORPHAN HOMES – MAKING IT A COOL, FUNCTIONAL, AFRICAN EXPERIENCE JUST ENTERING ONTO THE PLACE.
- HOW TO GIVE AID, GIVE HELP, SAVE LIVES, YET NOT CREATE A DEPENDENCY. INSTEAD HOW TO FOSTER SELF-SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS THAT WILL EMPOWER FOR THE LONG TERM, RATHER THAN SUPPLY FOR THE IMMEDIATE NEED. WE NEED SYSTEMS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
- BUYING THE PERFECT VEHICLE – MUST BE 4X4, BE ABLE TO HAUL TEAMS OF 15 AND THEIR LUGGAGE, MUST BE FUEL EFFICIENT BECAUSE OF THE $10/GAL COST OF FUEL, PREFERABLY DIESEL.
- MAKING BIO-DIESEL FUEL OR SOME ALTERNATIVE FUEL
- MAKING A GOOD INDUSTRY TO EMPLOY VILLAGERS AND SUPPORT THE MINISTRY – ANY IDEAS?
- MAKING A SMALL SCALE BUSINESS THAT ORPHANS CAN DO THEMSELVES – TO KEEP THEM GENERATING SMALL AMOUNT OF INCOME TO KEEP IN SCHOOL AND BUY CLOTHES AND FOOD – WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
- ETC. ETC