Fund and facilitate construction of a chicken ranch, cable of impacting the regions surrounding Kabale, including Rwanda and Mbarara, by providing a much-needed food source and an income generating industry.
The ranch will be located near Kabale Trinity College and KTC students will learn important skills by assisting with daily farming operations.
Erica Austin, Ashley Coleman, Dixie Daily, Jeff Duarte, Conner Enz, John Franzia, Gabby Gini, Allen Grant, Rick Gray, Levi Heinrich, Jennifer Luna, Ben Meikle, Sandy Nelson, Steve Nelson, Sara Pimintel, Cortney Reagan, Jeff Ribeiro and Gary Stewart.
During the summer of 2011, a team of 15 people traveled to Uganda, Africa, and undertook a unique challenge: to make a difference in the lives of students halfway around the world. The project was called “Protein for a Lifetime.”
The team set out to build a chicken house for a farm operated by Kabale Trinity College (KTC). The group spent nine days working at the farm using equipment and methods that were very often different from those we were accustomed to in the United States. For example, the local workers carried bowls of cement from the hand-mixed pile to the location where we were laying the foundation of the chicken house.
The Team also met with a local chicken supplier and purchased chicks along with thirty 50 lb. bags of feed. As of March 2012, the chicken house is producing over 900 eggs a day! For the students of KTC breakfast now provides a lot more protein, which is a rare commodity in Africa.
Our second project while in Kabale included installing solar panels in order to pump water to the school’s holding tanks. Team members worked tirelessly to install this equipment so that KTC’s three 5,000 gallon water tanks will no longer stand half full of dirty rainwater, but will be filled to the brim with clean water. The school now uses these water tanks for laundry, cooking, and drinking.
The Team also participated in a very exciting event: a celebration of welcoming a brand new Massey Ferguson 435 2-wheel drive tractor, donated and delivered by the Agco Corporation. Along with the tractor came a new plow and adjustable disc. This machinery was widely anticipated by the community of Kabale because it is the first tractor to be utilized in the region. It is now being used to cultivate the land for the crops which help feed the students and also the surplus food now being sold at the Farmers Market. All the proceeds help support the school.
Please take a few minutes to look at our pictures and video of this life changing project.