Despite the rain delays, we arrived to the 2 school campuses, Kizomla Primary School and Kizapala Primary School where we would be opening the new solar wells the next day. We drew names to provide 20 students from each school to receive a chicken.
The aim in giving chickens is for each child to multiply the number of chickens with them all sharing one rooster. This will help promote responsibility among the children charged with taking care of the chickens as well as leadership. Ultimately, the chickens will bring the village together as a community and demonstrate the importance of sharing and sustainability. The selected children were delighted about the chickens as they were not expecting to receive them
We also met with 2 women groups which were formed amongst the women in these villages. We spoke with the women about empowering each other and working together to harvest crops to sale. Most of the women were already experienced farmers so they understand the basics. If they become experts at micro-financing, they can create a better living for their families and village. Along with the cultivation of crops, through generous donors in the United States we were able to give female goats to the women’s groups as well.
The women will all be responsible for caring for the goats and mating the female goats with the billy goat we also provided. The average goat gives birth to twin goats twice a year. This means every year one goat gives birth to 4 kids. Although it can be tricky introducing this system, we have seen positive results with the goat projects. Goats provide milk and the manure produced by the goats is beneficial to the women for farming.