Jumbo update 23 August 201

September 6, 2013

Jumbo update 23 August 2013

This update consists primarily of a number of thank yous to kind people who have helped us over the past few weeks.

For the last 18 months or so we have been sending moringa leaf powder up to Tanzania for a little ele called Mr Brrr. Moringa is a great immune booster, source of protein, calcium and vitamin C all of which are very important in an eles  diet and is used quite extensively with malnourished babies. We used moringa with Moses and I had collected quite a large stock pile as I managed to get a good discount from the supplier by buying large quantities. (Everything to do with eles is large from their size, to the quantities of food they consume, to the bills for said food and most importantly their love and affection). A couple of weeks ago we got another request from a hungry little Mr Brr asking for some more moringa – I had already sent my entire stock pile up to Tanzania and could not get hold of my normal supplier but a kind neighbour Marcel Blankenstien came to my rescue as he has got a small moringa plantation so he allowed us to pick leaves and dry them ready to send to Tanzania. Marcels website is  http://www.mineral-makeup-cosmetica.com/moringa-natural-products.html

 

We are going full steam ahead with our building and Grant Blumeric (another kind neighbour) helped us out tremendously by coming round with his chain saw to cut our large poles to size thus saving Lloyd the carpenter weeks of work and once again Leon and Wendy Swart have helped us out by lending us their head builder for a few days to help with the setting out and have promised to send him again when we start to pour concrete. We also raided Leon’s tool shed and borrowed a number of tools and a concrete mixer which also saves a lot of labour and he transported all of our thatch grass free of charge which is a huge saving. Alistair Johnston also helped with some tools from his shed and so we have not had to buy many tools at all.  Jean Luca from Cilcon also came to the rescue with stabiliser 90 for us to treat the portion of the poles that will be put underground and has promised to lend us some scaffolding as the apex of our roof will be 15m up in the air and I was having sleepless nights trying to work out how I could make scaffolding that would not cost a fortune.  My father was a very practical farmer who did all of his own building as was his father and I seem to have followed the family tradition and I have inherited a basic instinct for building I must admit there is something very satisfying about watching your idea for a building come to life but I do also have quite a few sleepless nights trying to plan and work out the methodology to be able to put all the pieces together for the construction as cheaply and safely as possible.  Our building team consists primarily of the Jumbo staff who are helping the carpenter  but what is lacking in experience is more than made up with a willing ness to learn and a huge desire to see our dream fulfilled. We don’t have cranes or fancy equipment and when I first looked at the huge poles I did for a few minutes begin to wonder if I had bitten off more than I could chew (really wished that Dad was still around to give me a hand) but as you can see from what I have said earlier there are plenty of kind people around prepared to lend a hand which is one of the special things about Malawi. Living in a small community we rely on each other a lot and when somebody needs help the community all rally around.

I have had confirmation from my publishers of the acceptance of my childrens book which will be published on 24th August 2014 and so  expect the advance payment  of $ 10,000 to be received quite soon this money will all be donated to the barn fund and will boost our coffers as currently money is flowing out to buy building material at a rate that started as a trickle and is now at a full flood
 

Jumbo update 19 August 2013

August 16, 2013

Jumbo update 16 August 16, 2013

 

Our post today is a tribute to Sheba a brave and loving dog who gave humans a 2nd chance.

A few years ago I was contacted by Lee Stewart and Bev Trataris of the LSPCA about Sheba a beautiful mature Rhodesian ridgeback.  Initially Sheba had been brought in by a young American who was about to leave Malawi. He had been out running one day when Sheba followed him home and he had spent the last week trying to find her owners with no luck and as he was leavin...


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Jumbo update 2 August 2013

August 16, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 2 AUGUST

I remember my Mother telling me that everything happens for a reason although we may not understand the reason at the time and this has come true on a number of occasions – asking Clover for her contact details and for the ele milk formula for example. This week has once again proven the old saying. My saga started 2 weeks ago when little Poley the duiker was picked up and brought to us by Darren. My initial plan was to stabilise her and get her drinking well and th...


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Jumbo blog 19 July 2013

August 16, 2013

JUMBO UPDTE 19 JULY 2013

Saturday was a wonderful day for us at Jumbo. After a week of cold miserable weather the sun came out to shine and little Catherine didn’t freeze in her beautiful christening dress that God mother Wendy gave her. God mother Colleen and Louise produced a magnificent array of snacks and God father Michael drove all the way from Zomba at the crack of dawn to be there on time. John Spowsen did a magnificence personal service and I really thought that the day could not ...


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Jumbo update 5 July 2013

July 5, 2013

Jumbo update 5th July 2013

 

We are all very concerned about the information that Matt has received and confirmed about Asian gentlemen approaching people to go into Kasungu national park to poach elephants.  The poachers are generally very well armed and Matts organisation is still very new and whilst extremely professional they are still short of military trained personal and of course funding is always an issue.  We at Jumbo and Marleen from WAR are trying to assist where ever possible...


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Jumbo update 28 June 2013

June 28, 2013

Jumbo update 28 June 2013

The final saga of our Jumbo supporters visit is our trip to Majete national park in southern Malawi. Majete Park is operated by African parks who have done a truly incredible job of re-stocking the park and keeping the animals safe with a very professional anti- poaching regime.

Our trip started off with Louise cracking the whip at some unearthly hour of the morning to get us all motivated and into the car which had already been loaded with all of Catherine’s t...


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Jumbo update 21 June 2013

June 21, 2013

Jumbo update 21 June 21, 2013

Our saga of the “friends of Jumbo” trip continues this week. Getting to meet Ronnie, Wayne and Ashit was a very special experience for me (and the rest of the Jumbo team). One of the huge – and rather unexpected- bonuses of the whole Jumbo experience has been the wonderful friendships that have developed with so very many people who share our interest and views and then to actually meet and spend time with friends that we have met online has been a heart...


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Jumbo update 7 june 2013

June 7, 2013

Jumbo Update 7 June 2013

 

We have had a great week this week and are really looking forward to the next week as well.

Veronica and Wayne Munro finally arrived in Malawi on Wednesday, it was rather an emotional moment and I have to confess to a little tear at finally meeting the wonderful couple who have supported us so much over the past 18 months. They have sent us weekly donations every single week without fail and Ronnie is the world’s best communicator always there to lend a “vi...


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Jumbo update 24 may 2013

May 24, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 24 MAY 2013

 

As you all know we believe strongly that education of children is vital to conservation, us “oldies” are pretty set in our ways and in our beliefs whereas the children have open minds and whilst we need to do whatever we can to make sure that we leave the children with habitats and animals to conserve they are the future and hopefully will be the ones to lead our world into a better place where animals are granted the respect and care that they deserve.

A l...


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JUMBO UPDATE 10 MAY 2013

May 10, 2013

JUMBO UPDATE 10 MAY 2013

In less than a months’ time we are going to have 3 of our great Jumbo supporters visiting us. Ashit Oukabay who sent us $2000 in December towards our barn fund as well as Veronica and Wayne Munro who have sent us $45 a week every single week for over a year now. We are all getting excited to finally meet up in person. One of the huge bonuses of our Jumbo adventure has been all the wonderful friends that we have made from  all over the world and whilst we really f...


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