We’ve brought in hybrid birds which lay well and have large eggs, so when given to vulnerable families their diet can be improved, and a small business started as they sell the surplus in the local market.
We’re also trialling chicken clubs in the Muona area.
We’re working to intense breeding programmes for both chickens and goats, not only to supply nutritious eggs and milk to the malnourished, but also to provide improver stock for local subsistence farmers in due course.
Right: Vaccinating local chickens
This Bore-Hole, in
Bilisoni Village, had been broken for 6 months, so when “Open Hand Projects” (Aid Africa) repaired it, about 4000 people, from 4 villages benefited.
And the cost?
Local taps fed by the community water system spluttered for a while, then dried out.
The only safe water is now from Bore-Holes.
On her way to collect water
(her plastic bottle in her left hand)
At the end of our 2-month trip, frustratingly, we were still pursuing electrical connection, water supply and a telephone line to the new site, but were amazed at the diversity of what had been accomplished.
Apart from elderly widow Doris‘ new house (above), we arranged the supply of an audiometer and hearing aids to the Blantyre Hospital; brought onto site probably the only “saanen” stud goat for hundreds of miles to mate our breeding stock; planned, designed and progressed the building programme; supplied loans to start small businesses; restored clean water; established chicken projects; distributed clothes, blankets; provided hospital transport to collect ARV’s (AIDS drugs); supplied emergency food; Dave preached in local churches; we’ve played ambulance in emergency dashes to hospital - and our first ever chicken egg was laid from our own stock!
Quite a trip - hope to return in April 2009
Doris , the orphans she cares for, and her collapsed house earlier this year
Doris - her new house, and some of our volunteers who helped us build it
This is page 4 Autumn trip 2008