Over the past month or so we have been working on filling up our first poultry house with layer chickens. So far we have six cages of chickens and are produceing about 500 eggs a day. The demand for the eggs is high and we have not had any trouble selling them. It’s amazing all the things that go into raising chickens and all the things that effect their production. I was having trouble with our chickens trying to eat their own eggs. Come to find out, the light in the house was too intense. So, the conclusion of the lesson was, chickens really are nuts.
In addition to making Project Samuel self-sustaining by selling the eggs, our vision is to provide training to the community on how to care for their own laying chickens in order to provide income to their villages. We are in the middle of writing our own curriculum using all that we have learned and then some. The curriculum will be used to teach our future students and possibly qualify them for a micro loan towards their very own cage of chickens. Our hopes are to be able to train up to ten people every six months in this one house. The program will also be certificate based so that the students who graduate can take their certificate to employers and show they are qualified for new jobs. This program will be able to impact our surrounding community in many ways and it fits right in with Project Samuel’s vision of “changing lives, renewing minds”
One life that is being changed is Humphrey’s. He is a Project Samuel employee who we are currently training in poultry management. His Job is to care for the chickens on a daily basis. Humphrey has been able to learn how to care for his own chickens in his village and he will also be helping us in the training of our future students. Humphrey will forever be able to impact his community because of the vast knowledge he has learned while working at Projects Samuel. Another aspect of this vision is that we will be teaching the students how to train others. Just as Christ told us to go and make disciples, we will ask of our students to go and make chicken farmers using the same skills they have learned. Jesus changed the world through twelve men and I can’t wait to see what he can do through ten students like Humphrey.