Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Timothy's photos, week of Jan. 26th

Photos from the week 1/26/2014

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 06:17 AM PST

The lead cow from a Fulani herd, munching on some grass

Another thing Gamboula has a lot of, are dragon flies. Fish ponds are
always good viewing places, and it is always fun to see two dragon
flies facing each other and in the exact same position.

This year At Somongue we are hoping to receive funding to plant more
high yielding palm trees. These trees produce more nuts, have smaller
kernals, more flesh, and don�t grow as tall.

Here is an example of what you can do with the old kind of palm nuts.
These rings are a way for kids especially to make a little money.
So far though, I have not had any one catch on how to make them though.

This past week Roy and Aleta Danforth and I moved out to Somongue. We
are living in two cute little houses nestled up against a forest. It
is in the middle of dry season now, so things are quite dry, I can�t
wait to plant things around it when the rains start up again.

A truck full of refugees and their things getting ready to cross the border.

A few of us got our first taste of Gamboula honey on Wednesday when
one of the bee colonies in a small hive, needed to be upgraded to a
full size hive. During the moving process, some comb that happened to
have honey in it just happened to �accidentally� get broken off. Good
thing we had a bucket with us just in case this kind of thing
happened, so we could bring it home. Next time we might have to have a
few more accidents. The honey was good.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Timothy's photos from Jan. 19th

Timothy Chapman's "Growing plants in the CAR"

Photos from the week 1/19/2014

Posted: 19 Jan 2014 08:18 AM PST

At the top of a 40 foot ladder, and hanging from a rope while trying
to fix an internet antenna that will allow Somongue to get internet.

Afternoon watering out at Somongue. The pickup has a big tank that
gets filled up with water, and then bucketed out to the plants.

The Gamboula Primary School is still in session. Because of the
instability in the country, but relative calm at Gamboula, this might
be one of the only schools in the country that has stayed open the
whole school year.

Airman posing in front of an almost finished dormitory building. The
glasses are for the sun's reflection on the tin roof while up there
nailing the tin in place. This is the first of five to get its roof
on, and when finished will provide a place for groups to come and stay
on the farm.

A sign cautioning, "workers on the roof!", and to take a detour.
Really a joke, since everyone goes over to watch or talk with the
workers anyways, so funny to see. Complete with a little man on the
roof of the house.

The Fulani are on the move this time of year. Because it is dry
season, they have come down south with their herds looking green grass
near the river. This herd is near a smoky fire to keep the flies off
them while they are in camp. The trough in front is for salt, and the
tan mound on the left is one of the Fulani huts they make out of

Nothing to see here, just six guys on a motorcycle going to their gardens.
The machetes they all had, are in their right hands.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Timothy C's blog from Jan 13th

From Timothy's Growing Plants in the C.A.R.

Photos from the week 1/12/2014

Posted: 12 Jan 2014 02:53 AM PST

For some reason, the Maylay apples this season are the sweetest I have ever tasted. They ripen and then ferment all in a few days, so you have to pick and eat them right when they turn dark purple.

In the last few days the incubator at Somongue has hatched out chicks, geese, and Franklins. Franklins (the little brown chicks) are kind of like a wild grass land chicken.  We are still waiting on the turkey eggs...

One of the flowers blooming around Somongue these days. I have not positively identified it yet, but it looks and smells nice.
 This week was all about water at Somongue. The dry season seems to be a hard one this year. While others used a pick- up truck to carry a tank of water to water the farm, Roy and I did other projects that had to deal with water.

Installing a new pump down a 104 meter boar hole.

Another project Roy and I have been working on has been to get all the plumbing into the two houses that are out at Somongue.

      Update on CAR. The president who led the coup and took power back in march has been pressured to resigned, and exiled in Benin. There is now a transitional counsel trying to come up with a government until elections can be held.

Roy & Aleta Danforth
Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic
cell phones: Aleta 011 237 7529 5071 and Roy 011 236 7766 5079
for us personally:
for the ag project, CEFA:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Growing plants in the CAR - Timothy Chapman

Growing plants in the CAR

Photos from the week 1/5/2014

Posted: 05 Jan 2014 09:50 AM PST

On the long drive from Cameroon to Gamboula, I babysat 42 chicks who
were headed to the chicken project at Gamboula.

The day before leaving Gamboula I moved some bees from a small hive into a full size one. This full size one is an observation hive, so when I got back I was anxious to take a peek. Looks like they are building nicely.
The three MK's who are normally off at boarding school have returned for Christmas break. We all went on a three day fishing trip with a few of the missionary kids' friends

Bruce and I walked through knee deep mud, thigh deep water, thorn patches, and driver ants to set lines. We checked them every few hours throughout the night.

During one of the days, I found, shaped, dried, and fired some clay. Even though clay is supposed to take a longer time to dry then just a few hours, and I fired it in our camp fire for a few hours, I was able to get the hardest ceramic I have had yet outside of a real kiln!

In the jungle you are always being watched, from all directions, at every time of the day and night. Here is one of the things I managed to see spying on me. Among others I saw this trip was a bush baby, the biggest spider I have ever seen here in Central Africa, and an otter.

In this picture there is a fire with fish drying over it in the foreground, someone sleeping on the left, and a vicious game of jungle speed in the background.