The beginning of rains signify joy and relief, not only for the women who walk for 2-3 miles to get clean water, but also to the birds and animals. The rainy season usually starts in early April, but this year we saw signs that the rains would be early. One day in March, the sky became overcast and strong winds started blowing from east to west. Everyone anticipated the rains about to begin. Little did we know that the winds would have a devastating impact on the Eggpreneur family.
Large spiral winds, under cover of thick clouds, crossed through our demonstration plots. The big chicken barn suffered the most damage as the winds took off the roof and destroyed the sides of the barn. Four neighbouring houses were also destroyed. Although no staff were injured and no chickens died during the incident, it left the chickens quite affected. We made the difficult decision to sell the Eggpreneur chickens on the open market as we were not able to house the 2500 birds, and we wanted to save them from further destruction or predators.
This was our only chicken barn for raising the chickens from ‘day old’ chicks to pullets before distributing them to women Eggpreneur. It was also a barn for growing the ‘kuku’ chicks, for women who are keeping Kuku birds. It has been difficult for Eggpreneur since the winds destroyed the main barn we had for our operations.
We have managed to keep a few birds, which we are using as our parent stock, to collect a few eggs and continue with the project. We are optimistic that we will rebuild and continue impacting more families and children.
We request that our supporting friends stand with us during this difficult time, to help us rebuild our barn and regain our momentum once again.
Founder & CEO Eggpreneur Initiative
Mail Cheques to: Lakeside HOPE House
PO Box 1869 Guelph, N1H 7A1 (Memo: “The Eggpreneur Project”)
Online through Canada Helps at: GIVE THROUGH THE LAKESIDE HOPE HOUSE (Please select “The Eggpreneur Project” from the drop down menu to ensure the funds are directed to Eggpreneur.)