An egg-cellent gift! The gift of two chickens can provide a family with additional food and the beginnings of a nest egg! Breeding chickens can lead to a small business selling meat and eggs. Training in coop-building and how to care for chickens helps sustain the business for the long term.
Gifts and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Should the number of items sold or the funds raised exceed the amount needed for the projects these gifts are intended to fund, TEAR Australia will redirect donations to similar development work.
Leocadia’s precious brood
This little boy (pictured) lives in a village near Ugunja Town in Kenya with his grandmother Leocadia Aoko, a widow raising four young grandsons on her own. By being involved with a project implemented by TEAR partner the Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC), Leocadia has been able to begin rearing chickens and now has a good-sized flock. She sells eggs and birds to make a living that helps feed her family, buy essentials like school supplies and make small improvements to her modest mud brick house, such as installing a water tank.
As part of the project, Leocadia is a member of a women’s Self-Help Group that meets regularly and accesses training provided by UCRC in activities like chicken rearing, organic farming, and account keeping. Leocadia has learnt the benefits of saving and has opened her own bank account. From the money she has saved over a number of years, she has been able to build up her animal farm, also breeding goats and buying a cow. This enterprising grandmother is giving her precious grandsons much hope for the future.
About our partner - UCRC
The Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC) is a TEAR partner in Kenya serving the needs of the local community through awareness raising and sustainable development. UCRC is a grassroots interdenominational organisation that grew out of the local Methodist congregation in the early 1990s. TEAR has been supporting UCRC directly since 2004.