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PIGGY CUPCAKE ANYONE?

 

A new Piggery Project based in Zambia is the brainchild of Thecla Pensulo, a member of Poynton Christian Fellowship.  Thecla’s goal is to have 1000 pigs and her enthusiasm for the project has captured the hearts of PCF, and in particular, the Children’s Church.  The PCF youngsters organised a ‘Name the Pig’ competition during August, and more recently, sold cakes iced with piggy faces, all in aid of the Piggery Project! 

 

From left to right in the photograph are, Michael Gould, James Martin, Charlie Christy, Thecla Pensulo, Phoebe Bell and Kezia Sykes.  Not featured in the photograph but involved in the cake sale was George Christy, and relentless in their enthusiasm in promoting the ‘Name the Pig’ competition, were Chris Richards and Alan Cherian.

The vision for the Piggery Project is to run a piggery farm to bring hope to a poor community back home in Thecla’s native Zambia.  The plan, once up and running should generate sufficient income to self-fund the community project.

 

Zambia is a beautiful country known for its spectacular scenery including the Victoria Falls.  It is large, landlocked and sparsely populated.  It is also one of the poorest countries in southern Africa.

 

Despite having one of the largest fresh water resources on the African continent, reducing rainfall levels over the last 30 years have impacted on farming, nutrition, groundwater supplies and the national economy.  Poverty is increasing and health is deteriorating - 16% of the population is infected with HIV/AIDS and malaria is rife.  Life expectancy dropped from 54 years in 1990 to just 37 years in 2007! 

 

The Piggery Project is now well off the ground.  Two piggery houses have already been built and nine sows have ‘moved in’!  The first piggery was funded personally by Thecla.  The second piggery was completed with the help of a generous contribution from PCF.  This will house 40 – 60 pigs.  Additional piggery houses and pigs, and the supply of equipment will be an ongoing need.


In particular, additional needs are for a generator and a pump.  In order to provide water, a 50 metre deep bore hole has already been sunk, and a tank with a capacity of 500 litres has been bought.  Once they have a generator and pump, a water supply will be readily available for the project.  Anyone wishing to contribute to this worthwhile and innovative project should call PCF on 01625 859170.

 

Thecla explained that the money raised from the sale of pigs will help fund some of the medium term objectives, including the provision of:

 

As a committed Christian, Thecla’s desire is that this project will bring hope to this community in Zambia, and pave a way for them to become self-reliant through this God-given creative enterprise.

 

·      jobs in the local community

·      meals for the poor children of the community at least 3 times a week

·      emergency treatment for malaria and supply of dressings

·      an HIV support group

·      education to children who cannot afford to pay for schooling

·      a community children’s play ground.

 

Also, she hopes that the project will help enlighten the community on farming inputs that both the government and non-government organisations offer.  Longer term, Thecla hopes the project will fund:

 

·      provision of clean drinking water

·      transport for community produce/hospital visits

·      a build-together project that will see each family in the community living in acceptable basic house accommodation.

 

As a committed Christian, Thecla’s desire is that this project will bring hope to this community in Zambia, and pave a way for them to become self-reliant through this God-given creative enterprise.