After our visit in August of this year we identified many projects to support and one that we felt we could really make a huge contribution to is the Chicken Farm at Bondo.
This is one of the Great Lakes Foundation Projects, aimed at helping the hundreds of orphaned children in the area stay in their villages with friends and extended family.
There is so little money and food Phoebe Onyango has mobilised 90 groups of 15 women to initiated projects to support these children whilst they bring dignity to themselves through hard work and successful trading.
Nine wonderful buildings have been donated by, “Just One Africa”, and American charity who have given the gift of clean water to hundreds of rural families. They do so much good work in Kenya.
Our job here at PHOEBE’S FAMILY G.B. is to fill these chicken houses with laying pullets to provide the funds to feed & educate the orphaned children in and around Bondo.
Look have this egg for the children
So we have produced, with the help of friends lovely cards that you can give as Christmas gifts. You pay £5 for each card and that buys a chicken and pays for the inoculation and food.
This card has been especially painted for our campaign by the wonderful artist Penny Timmis www.penelopetimmis.co.uk
Thank you so much Penny we really appreciate your kindness and amazing talent. We will feature 3 of Penny’s works throughout this campaign so why not collect them all?
We have also chosen a child friendly hen picture to feature on our cards, we hope you like her.
The very first card went to Evie, a little girl who was helping with another project. Evie worked hard and so her card was her reward for being so kind. Evie wants her Kenyan chicken to be called “Cluck”, so Cluck it is Evie, and thank you.
Meet Cluck she lays lots of eggs and is a happy Hen
The women and older children who look after these chickens are given training and will receive a certificate in animal husbandry. They learn how to care for the chickens collect and deliver the eggs and set up supply contracts for the eggs with local businesses.In time it would be marvellous to have our own incubation unit. These cards will help a child who has been traumatised by loss stay in familiar surrounding and be educated so they can get work and live independently.
If you would like to buy some of these beautiful cards please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I can facilitate the purchase of cards.
Watch this space for more pictures of the project and we will do a count down for you together we can do this and make a difference.