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August 09, 2006

Poultry project home visits

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Young girl carrying wood.

8 August 2006 For the past two days, I've been visiting the homes of families participating in the poultry project. What an adventure! On Monday, I travelled with TASO Counselor, Charity. Today, I travelled with TASO Counselor and Community Organizer, Margaret. Margaret is a founding member of TASO Mbale. Back in 1990, she and several others began volunteering their time to counsel people living with HIV/AIDS. She's been with TASO ever since.

Many of the families we visited live deep in the mountains, where the rains are heavy and the roads are terrible. There were times when I just closed my eyes and held on. Margaret and Charity called it 'dancing' when the car bounced and shook us as it passed over the bumpy, muddy, dangerous, unpaved, terrible roads. We saw cars stuck in the mud and men fixing bridges and roadways.

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Fixing the road.

Some homes were impossible to reach because of the rains and other people were not home, so we sent messengers. The purpose of the visits was to assess the homes, select the individual to be trained, distribute the training manual, and inform the individual about the training workshop on 12 August. Each family, along with participating TASO Mbale staff, will undergo training in smallholder poultry farming; the following topics will be covered: understanding common chicken diseases, administering vaccines, supplementing scavenge-fed chickens with supplemental feed, building a “house” for the chickens, getting the product (eggs) to market, marketing strategies, basic business skills, reporting parameters of the project, expectations of project, project prospects and possibilities.
The chickens are to be reared as egg layers, not broilers. Considering the consistent local market demand for eggs, with the proper maintenance and care of the chickens and responsible, informed marketing and sales, each participating family should make enough money to attain an acceptable level of food security and purchase other basic necessities.

Here are some of the children benefiting from the project:
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Rashid is 11 yr. old, HIV+, and an orphan. His grandmother takes care of him and his four siblings. He will go to the training with his grandmother, who will be the primary participant in the project.

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Yekosophat and Lona.
Yekosophat is 7 yr. old and HIV+. His mother, Lona, will be the primary participant in the project. She is very excited and has experience rearing chickens.

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Eric and Sophie.
Eric is 2 yr. old and HIV+. Eric's mother, Sophie, will be the primary participant in the project.

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Jacqueline is 14 yr. old, HIV+, and an orphan. She lives with her grandmother, who will be the primary participant in the project. Jacqueline will also go to the training, but her grandmother will handle the chickens, so she can stay in school.

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Violet is 14 yr. old and an orphan. Violet and her 3 siblings live with their grandmother. Violet and the grandmother will both participate in the training, but the grandmother will care for the chickens while Violet is in school.

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Margaret, TASO counselor, & Jude
Jude is 15 yr. old and an orphan. He and his 4 siblings live with their grandmother. Jude will be the primary participant in the project. Jude is currently in school, and plans to help train his older brother and grandmother so they can assist him with the project while he's in school.

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Vaska and her 1 month old daughter.

Vaska is 14 yr. old, a new mother, and an orphan. She lives with her grandfather. She will be the primary participant in the project.

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Twenty families will participate in the project. The goal of the TASO Mbale Smallholder Poultry Project is to ameliorate the dire situation these children find themselves in, a situation of hunger, sickness, despair, and hopelessness by empowering them and their guardians to become self-sufficient through active participation in an income generating activity.

Posted by kmf23 at August 9, 2006 08:18 AM

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Comments

Kelly, I hope you get this message. I've posted two comments already, but I'm not sure they went through. Anyhow, I just want you to know how proud I am of you. You are a saint! How is Peter's leg? Has it responded to antibiotic tx? What is the condition of the kids' teeth? Do they have access to dental tx? Let me know how I can help. DrPav

Posted by: Dave Pavlick at August 16, 2006 06:17 AM

Kelly, you're a saint! How is Peter's leg. Is it healing with antibiotic tx? What is the condition of these kid's teeth? I can only imagine. Let me know how I can help. Thanks for doing such good work. The world needs more of you!!! Dr Pav

Posted by: Dave Pavlick at August 16, 2006 06:06 AM

thanks for the good work u'r doing. so if some one is an orphan due to AiDS but when he/she has her poultry product like eggs can u help and get market for them or if possible where can we get u? thanks God bless u

Posted by: nansereko at August 15, 2006 03:57 PM

Kelly, keep up the good work, Riley and I read your blog every night. We are very proud of you.
Love the Himes'

Posted by: kregg at August 10, 2006 05:12 AM

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