While we initially planned to achieve this goal by starting and operating a small chicken farm, we were able to achieve the same objectives immediately with much less capital and risk by partnering with a large, local Ghanaian poultry farm. They agreed to allow A Better Life for Kids to sponsor and maintain one of their chicken coops that houses 1,350 hens. The older orphanage children will have an opportunity to care for the hens, collect the eggs, and perform other farming duties. Most importantly, this partnership allows us to provide daily eggs for the orphanage children immediately while reducing the overall cost and allowing us to stay focused on providing care for the children.
Some additional highlights from the trip:
- Visiting the sponsored children was especially exciting because they are all growing into more confident children who are looking forward to their futures!
-The orphanage children A Better Life for Kids supports to attend Kibi School for the Deaf have become such skilled signers! I often found myself signing "please slow down" or "again" because I couldn't keep up with their amazing language skills! It's incredible to see what a difference a year can make when children are in the right environment with the right support!
-As always, it was especially important to fill the orphanage's storage room and freezer with nourishing food.
- Malaria continues to be a serious concern for the orphanage children. In order to prevent the spread of malaria we purchased medication, mosquito nets, and replaced four damaged doors at the orphanage.
Thank you very much for your support!