This project is launched by David Davenport, former President of Peace International’s partner organization, Givology Spiders, with the objective of building a poultry farm that will make the school more self-sustainable financially. This will be done by raising egg-laying hens and selling the eggs for revenue that will go towards educating the students at the Peace School. The main goal is to establish a sustainable business with the capacity to grow. This project will build five chicken coops large enough to house about 5,000 laying hens. The grant will be used in part to purchase the first brood of chicks and some funds will be put aside to cover the costs of raising them until they turn a profit. By covering the startup costs of the project, the poultry farm will not begin its operations in a deficit, and by building additional coops, the farm will have space to grow.
The Circle of Peace School currently teaches 250 students K-7 and boards 25 students, most of whom have been orphaned by AIDS. Unlike most Ugandan primary schools, the Circle of Peace School aims to educate children who are normally too impoverished to afford regular school fees. The Circle of Peace School was founded in 1994 by the Bbaale family. Mr. Ibrahim Bbaale, who has thirteen years of experience in collecting and selling eggs, is the manager of the newly established poultry farm. The poultry farm was first started by the Bbaale family to raise money for the Circle of Peace School. Without sufficient funding, the poultry farm has been declining due to improper conditions for the hens. David Davenport heard about the grant and attended an information session to learn more about it. Having been involved with the Circle of Peace School for over a year through Givology, he saw the grant as an opportunity to make a change. Collaboratively with the Bbaale family, he put his plan into action to improve the conditions of the poultry farm and to help it expand.
This project will have a positive impact on the Circle of Peace School, its students, and Makindye in many ways. The most notable impact of this project will be the financial stability and sustainability it gives to the Peace School. By helping to secure the stability and sustainability of the Peace School, this project will help ensure that the Peace School can continue to improve its community by educating and inspiring its students, by supporting AIDS orphans, and by alleviating its community of poverty.
David Davenport- Current student at the University of Richmond; former President of UR Givology Spiders
14 OCT 2011Below are some pictures from the farm!