GoalThis project seeks to raise $34,500 per year for the next three years to build on an already successful project implemented in 2012 to train and equip people in South Africa who are living in poverty to breed chickens for food and income.
SummaryIn the region of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, where rates of unemployment and HIV infection run high, Anita and Rick Gutierrez are opening up new self-employment opportunities for hundreds of people by equipping and training them to raise poultry.
DescriptionNutrition, food security, self-employment and health promotion are urgent needs in southern Africa today. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, where Drs. Rick and Anita Gutierrez currently serve, has an HIV prevalence of 16.9%, including 12% of youths. Unemployment is about 65%. The spread of HIV and other infections is largely due to low employment prospects for young women, who often end up in sexual relationships with much older men as a survival strategy.
This crisis of health and unemployment can be curtailed by sustainable self-employment, and Rick and Anita have found that raising poultry is a great place to start. This entry-level agricultural activity is within reach of most people in most places, from young people in rural tribal areas to older adults in dense cities; they need only an investment of supplies and training to get started.
In 2012, the Gutierrezes launched a new program to help South Africans start their own small poultry farms. They developed a fully integrated system of poultry housing, feeding and watering technologies, incubation technologies and hygienic storage techniques. Their goal was to create a self-sustaining, reproducible agricultural system that, after a few months of stability, does not require further outside inputs. Success can mean an average income boost of $200 per month. To date, this program has served around 150 people.
Each participant receives a 200-foot-square, 16-foot-diameter geodesic dome, a basic housing unit for laying chickens, in addition to two incubators, two quail starter kits, mature layer hens and roosters, quail hens and cock birds, feed for two months, antibiotics and instructional materials. Participants are trained and supervised as they raise poultry, incubate and hatch eggs, brood and raise fowls and quails, grow Chaya plants to produce feed and develop local markets for their produce.
This mission project seeks to advance the poultry program through these key goals:
1. Continued training in sustainable production of quality layer chickens, Goliath quail and eggs.
2. Further improvements to poultry system design, training and video resources for participants as well as the broader public.
3. Integration with the Gutierrezes’ fruit tree grafting and perma-culture initiative as funding becomes available.
4. Quality of life improvements for 500 children, 500 youths and 100 adults living in poverty in the province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Suggested Gifts$50 provides 330 lbs of layer chicken feed.
$100 provides two forced air incubators for 60 chicken eggs each.
$250 provides 12 laying hens with two roosters.
$500 provides one complete 16-foot geodesic dome chicken coop.
Prayer RequestsPlease pray for the continued success of this project so that more people may be relieved of the burden of poverty.
Please pray for reduction in the epidemic of HIV/Aids in South Africa.
Please pray for the children to get the nutrition they need to thrive, learn and grow.