Another Poultry Day

Four days we have been on site with four projects going. The swing set was completed yesterday and today the village children were having a blast with it. The kitchen is a slow work in progress as is the broiler operation, however the layer operation is making good progress. Yesterday we laid the concrete block that sits on the layer box end on the “compound”, today we complete the block. Today we also completed the roof that goes over the layer box end. Tomorrow I hope we will get the bracing up as well as the wire and the tin roofing. The tin roofing will be laid length wise on the outside of the wire and screwed to the posts that are cemented in 2 feet deep. The tin is needed to keep the rooving goats from breaking through the fence to reach the chicken feed, it will also protect the chickens from dogs.

Here are more pictures taken with my Blackberry Curve

Sustainability

Things have really started to move ahead here, I am so busy that sleep doesn’t seem to be part of the agenda.

Over the lst few days I have designed a kitchen for the school in Williamson, a kitchen that will feed 125 students and 25 staff. The kitchen will be built complete with a serving window and moving them from cooking with charcoal to using propane. The supplies will be ordered today and the construction will begin Saturday when we have a team of 18 from the States to help with the work.

I ordered the supplies yesterday to start the building of the first egg laying operation for a family in Williamson. This 100 chicken operation will allow the family to become self sustaining. I am very excited about this project and the other poultry project. The other one is a 100 bird broiler operation for a different family. The layer project materials were ordered yesterday and the broiler materials will be ordered today. Work on both begins this morning. We have 6 Haitians coming in to work on the ground preparation today and will continue working until they are both complete. The broiler chicks come July 31 and the layers August 20th.

I work very closely with Ti Pap, the head of construction for World Wide Village. We make a great team and often are completing each others thoughts and have the same views on sustainability and the projects being done in a way that other Haitian families can afford to copy our work on their own. He is also a lover of gardening and trees, needless to say it is a good match. We even wore matching clothes one day without prior conversation, we truly looked like a team when we were out on the job sites. It was too funny!

My role as I have stated in my previous posts is mainly agricultural, with the exception of the rain water catchment systems. I now looks like I will be involved in the construction side as well, this does not bother me since working with Ti Pap is great, but it does add more weight to my shoulders.

Today along with over seeing construction I need to; finish material lists, fill out requisition forms, complete design of the broiler operation, order the birds, and write a training manual for the families that are receiving the birds.

I have so much more to say, but must end now so I can hit the road!

 

 

 

 

Do you have a garden?

Do you have a garden? This is just one of the many questions I asked the three families I meet with last Thursday. How many people are in your family? How many children? What are their ages…

I have been in Haiti for not quite 2 weeks yet and I started work for World Wide Village on the anniversary of my first week in country. We are moving ahead in Williamson, with plans to help families start egg laying operations. The selected families will participate with us in building them a chicken coop large enough to hold 60 plus chickens. The families will receive training on working with and raising their chickens, this training will include a manual which I will be writing and have transcribed into Creole. The families will also receive ongoing support in the form of visits, at the beginning of their chicken adventure 4-5 visits a week. It is not that owning chickens is new to Haitian families, it is owning chickens that are not running free that is new.

These chickens will provide additional nutrition not only into the diets of the families that own them, but additional income. The added egg supply in the area of Williamson with also give other people a greater opportunity to increase their egg consumption. As a side effect (pun intended), the manure from the chickens will become a compost tea and be used in local gardens, a practice that I will be teaching, that I hope catches on.

I hope to have the supplies purchased by the end of this week and the first chicken coop built by the end of the following week.  Monday I will be going to Haitian Broilers a huge poultry operation that was started as a partnership between Jamaica Broilers and others. If all goes well at this visit we will be purchasing our pullets from them, along with the feed.

I apologize for the dryness of this post and for it taking so long to get something posted… busy and tired play into my excuses for this. I will eventually work posting into my schedule and endeavor to make the posts more entertaining.