Support 60 kids' diet and income
“Fund a Chicken” is operated by Fund A Garden, an East African NGO that helps rural farmers transform subsistence farms into income generating enterprises.
The project provides poor, rural school children from the Sitankya Primary School Gayaza, Wakiso District Uganda with 30 Kruiloer chicks each. A training in the management and care of poultry and a basic start-up support kit is also provided.
The main objective is to support 60+ low income rural school children in paying annual schools fees and meeting their basic nutritional needs. The students raise the chicks and collect eggs for resale to their school or local market.
1. Students receive a loan to buy 30 chicks.
2. Students, parents, and school faculty learn how to raise and care for the chicks.
3. A basic start-up support kit is also provided, including:
- wire mesh
- roofing material for chicken coops
- chicken feed
- antibiotics & chick health treatments
4. Then, they collect and sell eggs throughout the year.
5. Students repay the initial loan proceeds coming from ONLY joint sale of eggs,within 12 months, plus a minimal interest.
6. The principle and interest are applied to sponsor new students through the same cycle. This way, the project is self-sustaining, as a spirit of self-sufficiency develops among the kids.
7. Extra revenue is used to pay school fees and purchase books, shoes, or school uniforms.
8. Year 1 students help train the new students, and the cycle continues.
By donating to our “Fund a Chicken” project you will not only be improving children’s education, but you will be helping to improve their present and future lives. Here is a breakdown of the expenses that we need to make that happen:
- 180 Kruiloer chicks (1 chick = $ 0.75) = $ 1,350
- Mesh wire 30 rolls (1 roll is $ 20) = $ 600
- Plastic roofing material 10 rolls (1 roofing plastic material is $10) = $ 100
- Chicken feed (one bird needs 14kg of feed to maturity at 5 months i.e. 180 chicks will consume an average of 2,520kg; 1 kg of feeds costs $ 0.61) 2,520 kg / 5555 lbs X $ 0.61 = $ 1,537
- Water (3,955l / 4179oz X $ 0.0076) = $ 30
- Medications and vaccination first 5 months = about $ 400
- Management, training, and operational expenses = $ 1,000
Total: $ 4,987
30 Chicks are just the beginning
The cost benefits for the children have also been calculated to make sure that this is an investment that can help them earn money. Here is a breakdown of how much can children make by taking care of their chickens:
- When chicks reach maturity, the net-profit is an estimated $50 monthly from every 25 hens.
- Other products and byproducts such as poultry litter can be sold for $6 per 50kg .
- The litter can also be utilized in micro-scale home-based profitable vegetable gardens.
- The Kuroiler birds are a dual purpose hybrid of chicken that produce quality meat and eggs.
- School fees & scholastic material per year is about $ 200 ( i.e 30 chicken can pay fees for at least 3 kids)
Finally, the children get the opportunity to have a better future. The “Fund a Chicken” project will offer a better opportunity to the children to have a bright future were they can be able to finish education, build a greater business by using entrepreneurship skills and experience from the poultry farming, become what they had dreamed to become, and have an economically stable life.
So, by funding a chicken you are funding a child’s future.
Let’s make a difference today!