Back in June, Makeni Centre was visited by a group of people representing British charity Contesa, including Esnat Avon. Contesa met with members of staff to discuss the centre’s needs and tell us more about their work, which focusses on supporting AIDS orphans in Zambia.
Makeni centre has been wanting to process its own maize crop for some time now. As I write, harvesting of the local maize is well on the way. The crop goes towards the orphanage and our staff, and by products also can be used as stock feed for the pigs and chickens.
Processing the crop is a costly business however, and so the ability to do this for ourselves is a valuable thing. We are delighted to report that Contesa decided to fund the purchase of a hammermill for the centre’s use and also for incidentals required to house the mill itself. MEC has now received a sizeable donation for this purpose.
We have already identified a local builder for the structure to house the mill and we hope that he will be able to start very soon. A site near the carpentry workshop has been selected.
There have also been discussions about funding education for a group of children in the orphanage.
We are extremely grateful to have made contact with Contesa!