the poultry project

Expansion + Coop Design/Build: Day 1-2

May 5th, 2011

Our first day in Mbale was spent shopping for household items, eating local treats and a quick stop to marvel at the Source of the Nile.  Later in the day, we unpacked our many bags, made peace with the various insects who also call the TASO guesthouse home and returned to our single beds for a good night’s rest.  After a long journey, the work has finally begun.  The past two days have been jam packed with acquiring materials for chicken coop building and working with local craftsmen to straighten out kinks in our chicken coop model, which will be used as a demo for the participants. 

We have so much work to do and little time, but we are all hopeful in our efforts and Emily Axtman’s design.  It feels good to be back in Uganda – to be taken out of the hectic lifestyle we are all accustomed to.  Although our participants have many challenges, life in Mbale is splendid; the people are kind, the pace is gentle, and the beautiful landscape is inspiring.    We will try our hardest to update regularly, given we have internet access and our fieldwork is finished.  Please check back soon.  In the meantime, enjoy the photos…Wabale!

The Source of the Nile


A meeting of good friends on the Nile.

Mango season in Uganda! Ten mangoes purchased roadside for 1 USD.
Francis from TASO helped saw the wooden poles for the chicken coop.

Emily A. and Joe organize the wooden poles for the frame of the coop.


Making progress!


A welcomed visit from Shamin! Hugs were shared and she sang us a beautiful song in perfect English!

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