In ministry, sometimes we get a chance to do some pretty great things with our partners. Recently one of these things has been our chicken farm initiative.
We’re working with a partner that specializes in agriculture and microenterprise to get chicken coops first to all of our locations in Haiti, then to our other counties around the world.
Here’s how these coops work:
- A market analysis is performed to determine if a chicken coop with layers and/or broilers (chickens you raise for eggs vs. raise for food) is viable
- A local church member who has a desire to help children and raise chickens is identified and trained
- The coop is built and insured so it can be rebuilt should disaster or disease strike
- Chicks are purchased and raised to adulthood
- Some or all of the eggs and/or meat is sold
- The remaining meat, eggs, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale are used to feed the children at the project
- Steps 4-6 are then repeated
The great thing about these coops is how quickly they reach of point of being self-sustaining and can provide not only food and income to the project, but jobs and opportunities for young adults graduating from the project to learn valuable job skills and good stewardship.
Our goal is to repeat this model to help transform the lives of the children we serve and empower them to change their communities for the Lord.
If you’re interested in donating a chicken coop, just head to our website.