the poultry project

4th qtr report 2009

January 27th, 2010

Our Poultry Project General Manager, Peter Weilkhe, compiled the following report detailing participants’ progress over the last quarter of 2009.  Currently, Peter’s reporting is the only monitoring and evaluation mechanism we have to assess the efficacy and impact of the Poultry Project.  I am posting the report to keep the Poultry Project accountable to its donors and participants.  I invite readers to offer feedback, suggestions, and commentary.


The Poultry Project that was started in 2006 for initially 20 OVC has had to expand and touch the lives of over 20 OVC and their siblings. It has been noted that the success of the program has caused recognition from government
authorities at local level, caused competition and served as a learning point for many around these areas among other strong points. By far the poultry project has had a big impact on the lives of the OVC, and their families as illustrated in this report, many have had their hope restored, got involved and learnt a lot in sustainable livelihood programming among others.  To give you a better beginning of evaluating our success, below were and are still the objectives of the program since 2006
· To ameliorate the dire situation orphans and vulnerable children find themselves
in by empowering them to become self-sufficient through active participation in
an income generating activity.
· To provide sustainable support for child-headed families and HIV+ children
through income generating activity (smallholder poultry production – layers)
· To develop skills and confidence among participants through dedicated,
responsible participation in this program, while fulfilling the mission of TASO -
contribute to a process of restoring the quality of life of persons and communities
infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
We are hopeful the future programming is going to be more informed!


(1)FAITH- Bukedea.
Faith is now a happy young and healthy girl. She is happy to receive visitors and shows a great improvement in the way she does her work. She has been promoted to primary three in the coming year 2010. The family has so far acquired a cow from the 6 goats that they had early in the year. The cow is currently pregnant. The family has retained one hen which is now laying.  How the project has benefited the family · The bicycle has helped the family transport themselves and faith to the hospital whenever they fall sick.
· The sale of 10 hens helped them meet medical bills and food for the family.
· The family has been having a balanced diet because of the eggs they eat at least 3 times a week.
· The chicken droppings have been used for manure in the kitchen garden.
· The family was able to raise 50.000= fifty thousand shillings as pocket money for Kedi Ben who is now doing a bachelor of commerce distance programme at makerere university year one
Over all the family is very happy and have hope.
Is always at school but the uncle has been running the project on her behalf when ever she is at school. Poultry is doing very well so far the family has 184 hens and harvests 12 eggs a day .and makes a tray in 3 days.  Because of his hard work in the project, he was selected by the community to benefit from the NAADS (National Agricultural Advisory Services) who have given him a fencing wire for his compound.  He sold 3 goats and paid school fees for Betty at 150.000= for the previous term. And 1 goat died.
· He was selected as a lead farmer in his area by the NAADS programme.-this he attributes to the project.
· Payment of fees for the whole year.
· Having a balanced diet for the whole family at least an egg in 2 days.
· Has a stable income of 6000= UGShs every 3 days.
· Has been able to support other siblings in basic supplies.
· Hopes to buy a cow from the hens soon.
(3)PETER-child headed home.
The home is now clean and habitable .the hens are 9 and 9 chicks and 1 goat the family. The family has been able to eat some eggs regularly although they could not remember exactly how many. The bicycle is still in running condition and supports in domestic work besides helping peter take his firewood to the market and family to health unit besides collecting food for peter and his family. He sold 2 sheep and 3 goats to buy food for the family during the famine period
in the area. There was a lot of drought that affected the crops and yield was so poor. The family is happy the project rescued them.  The eggs supplement locally grown food.  Peter is now happy and busy tilling the land again for next year.
His major challenge is the jealous villagers who want to encroach on his land.
Has been promoted to senior four although with a poor grade div 4.  The family has used the aggregate they bought from the ground nut business to put up a ring beam on their house.  They lost all their birds to Newcastle disease and so far have 2 goats.  The challenge was during drought, most of the profits from the business were used to buy food for the family which is so extended totalling to 11.  Agnes also looks to be struggling in school. We are planning a discussion with
her director of studies early next year to see if we could iron out the issues surrounding her performance especially that she is going to a candidate class senior 4.the other option will be to support her do a skills course if she is not able
to handle the formal education.
Jude has 2, cocks, 6 hens and 1 goat. From their garden, the harvest was not so much only a basin of ground nuts due to drought. The family currently survives on the cassava and potatoes they had planted. Jude got only 4 points at school out of a possible 19 points. He attributed that performance to the many issues at home where his little sister Maria who was attending a primary teacher’s course at ST Mary’s eloped with a man, got pregnant and sold some food wanting to abort. She later moved away from home to unknown destination but rumours indicate she has eloped with a boyfriend who is yet to be identified.  The other challenge to the family was the grandmothers house got burnt and after collective support from the community, a new one was built which barely lasted 5 days and was burnt by a wild candle bringing the number to 2 burnt houses in an environment of OVC who have little they can do.
Achievements from the project.
· Sells some eggs to buy the domestic requirements to support Christy.
· Source of food.
· Have a cassava garden which is serving them hopefully up to Jan 2010
3 hens and 18 chicks. She has also acquired a sheep at 45000= and has enabled the family enjoy a balanced diet when it comes to selling and eating the eggs and the proceeds of the sales.  Esther is also doing well in school and has been promoted to senior 3.  Esther’s untie has also started a ground nut business as can be seen in the photo that will be sent in Jpeg.she says she started this business after acquiring the ideas from the workshop and meetings with colleagues.
Her siblings have fully embraced the project and so far have 16 hens. And 1 goat.  The bicycle is supporting them with domestic work as the person who was ridding got another business to do.they have always sold eggs to get food and
also eating part of them. They look healthy and happy.

Given their location, poultry is always stolen. They have resorted to using their bicycle to do casual work for a pay which they use to feed themselves. They have been supplementing that with cassava from their garden. The boys are not
interested in going to school for formal education as they say they are too big for the classes and some times they don’t pick what the teachers are teaching. In our assessment if possible we are thinking of linking one of the boys to a skills
builder for example a tailor to help him get the basic skills and there after support him do some business which the rest can support/be supported .
Was not at home for the last time we visited and according to reports she could have gone to Kampala to work as a house girl. Kampala is the capital city of Uganda where many young girls and boys admire to go. The care taker says from the sale of the bicycle, they bought 2 goats.
Is a happy and hopeful young child. she was promoted to primary two and so far has 2 goats and 3 hens.shamim and the grand mother have always had a balanced diet and supplemented their food with an egg once a week.
They hope that with time, they will get a cow from their project.
TO VISIT IN January when the ground is dry.
(12)DOREEN -not visited due to bad weather. We hope to visit in January when the ground is dry.
The family has 5 hens .the bicycle has been able to support them pay fees for Sandra,. the fees include lunch and breakfast. They have also been able to provide for her scholastic materials from the bicycle earnings. They appreciate the poultry project so much for it has helped them reduce on the dependence burden.
They have moved to another place which is yet to be located .
So far has 12 hens and had their goat stolen. They however plan to buy another one from the chicken they have. They have now moved to the new site after the land issue was resolved and the old woman together with Rashid allowed to stay
in the proposed site.a temporary structure was erected as Juma about to complete the roofing of the other structure .photos will be coming early January.
Was 9th in class out of 67 and promoted to primary six in the coming year 2010.his other sibling Joan had and average 40 in class and was also promoted to primary 2,the other sister Evelyn sat for primary leaving examinations. The family is now happy in their new house .they have one goat and 3 hens.they sold 2 hens and supported themselves with food when conditions were too hard. As of now the family is happy and planning to set up a kitchen and structure for the goat.
Was not available at home during the first quarter report as he had gone to Kampala to look for some jobs there but came back as he was not getting. He has 1 goat and a calf from the bicycle. He is hopeful the two items can help him
have some bigger assets in the coming future. Currently he is planning to hire some gardens and plant some crops for next year. As par the other domestic social bit of life, he divorced with his wife and that is one of the reasons the home was deserted in the early part of the year 2009
(18) YEKOSOPHAT-sironko
Was promoted to primary four with an average of 90% in eight subjects.yekosophat is hardworking at home as well as he spends most of the time looking for food for his two bulls. He also has 1 hen. Most of the last three months, the mother khainza has been attending to the young one who has been sick but by the time o the visit, the baby was fine. The family is very hopeful that come next year their bulls will be paired with other bulls inn the village to do ploughing and all that comes with increased food security for the family. They appreciate the project so much.
(19) ERIC
Had cough at the time of visit 17th Dec 2009 but was happy and able to perform other duties at home. Eric so far has two cows at home .the proceeds from the bicycle was added on to the goats and another bull was bought. This means Eric has a heifer and a bull from the project. The family also has 8hens and 2 goats from the project. He did not perform well in primary one and will repeat next year. Eric’s mother Sophie is planning to marry again early next year to another person of the same status. She has requested for drama group to be there on her ceremony and will update you on the developments.
Happy with the project and so far has 12 hens .her bicycle has been supporting to take her to the clinic quite often and has been supplementing her diet from the poultry project, eats an egg in 2 days and is healthier despite the many trips to
the clinic.
His sibling together with the grand mother have been able to continue with the project and so far have 3 goats from the project. This goat was procured from the sale of chicken when it was pregnant. The two kittens were born after as will be
seen in the jpeg that will be sent separately. Simon who replaced late Anania was promoted to primary six .

(22)MICHAEL.  The family encountered a misfortune early December when their house was burnt to ashes. They are currently at a neighbors place until early next year as we plan rehabilitation exercise.

The family has 12 hens and has been happy to have sold eggs to buy domestic requirements. Emma repeated primary seven and sat for his exams. We wait for his results early 2010.the family has also been mobile a little during November
and December while attending to their sick grandmother

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new year, new blog

January 25th, 2010

Thank you for visiting our new blog.  The Poultry Project, in collaboration with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) Mbale branch, is beginning its fourth year of operations in Mbale, Uganda.  Our organization helps families affected by HIV/AIDS start their own sustainable smallholder poultry businesses. The families we work with are comprised of children that have lost one or both parents to AIDS-related illness, have HIV, and/or are being raised by an older sibling, a grandparent, or another relative.  Each family receives chickens, poultry vaccines, a bicycle, training and ongoing support from the Poultry Project and TASO. The chickens are raised as free-range layers and the eggs are sold and eaten. Families keep 100% of the profits from their poultry businesses. They use the money to pay for basic needs and school fees. We currently work with 26 families living in the Mbale region.
We are busy finishing our website and applying for 501(c)(3) charitable organization status.  Check this blog for updates and become a fan of the Poultry Project on Facebook.

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