This year's trip to El Savador was all about the CHICKENS!
The focus for the January trip was to assist the Salvadorans in the building of a new Community Chicken Coop, that will supply many families in San Diego, El Salvador with both food and ongoing income. They also spent time making new friends and learning about the history, culture, and people of this wonderful country.
You can read all about the trip along with many photos that were taken, on our Current News page.
The first video, was recently sent to us showing the progress on the Coop, since our group returned on January 18, 2020. In this video, the contractor says he will be finished in a couple of days. Once he puts the sheet metal on the roof, he will trim off the ends of the rafters. After that, the sidewall fabric will be installed.
Once Otoniel Pleites returns to El Salvador (Feb 18th) from his visit to Canada, he will do 3 workshops with the participants, after which the chickens, the feed, and the medicines will be purchased.
The second video was taken by one of our volunteers while helping with the build.
This style of chicken coop was designed by the Otra Fe El Salvador agronomist, Otoniel Pleites (who coincidentally is the "Ot" in Otra Fe) to withstand earthquakes, provide adequate shelter from sun and wind for the chickens and also a secure storage area for the chicken feed. It will hold 100 chickens to provide meat for six families with ample chicken left over to sell in order to have money with which to purchase more chicks to raise. This creates a self sustaining cycle.
The cement blocks used for the building are reinforced with rebar which was installed first in the foundation and the blocks are placed over the rebar. As seen in the video on the left, it was a challenge to reach! The tall area at the back of the project will become the storage area and the front, lower walls will be completed with wood posts and chicken wire and the whole structure will be covered with a roof. This work will be completed by the builder that was hired to lay the bricks, putting dollars into the local economy. He will be aided by the benefiting families as well.
Efforts to improve food security are making concrete and positive impacts in El Salvador. In January of 2016, a delegation of Canadian volunteers visited the community of Atehuecia to break ground for a new chicken and egg project which houses 500 chickens, supports five families and supplies chickens and roosters (when needed) for future family coops.
So far 51 families in three communities have benefited from the chicken projects, in which coops are built, initial flocks are supplied, and educational programs are provided to ensure the ongoing health and maintenance of the coops and flocks.
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