Haitian Students get Egg Laying Hens
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The country’s average family makes only $2 per day. Majority of families can’t afford to pay to send their child to school. As a result the percentage of children who complete primary school is very low at only 50%, and sadly only 20% of Haitian girls receive a secondary education.
GreaterGood.org supports the first ever secondary school on the island of La Gonave, in Haiti. We want to expand the school 1 grade per year, up to grade 13. When we started supporting the school it only went up to grade 9, and now the school goes up to grade 11.
In addition GreaterGood.org’s signature program, Provide Egg Laying Hens for Haitian Families, started after Haitian students were coming to school, yet were unable to comprehend and learn as well, due to such high malnutrition rates. GGO’s hen program makes sure to help each student receive eggs for proper nutrition to be able to thrive through out their school years.
GreaterGood.org made a goal to distribute 279 egg laying hens, the materials, and instruction to build coops to the people of La Gonave, so the families can have a constant source of food. Thanks to your generous support we met our goal of 279 hens, which is one hen per student! Unfortunately, 95 of the hens distributed have died due to Newcastle Disease, a viral poultry disease that is very contagious, and others being eaten by animals. Our new goal is to raise funds to distribute 95 more hens to replace the ones who have died. To help click here.
Student Madona Cyka’s had this to say about her mother hen:
“My hen was very small when I first got it. I fed it well and it gained some weight. I put it in a safe place to sleep at night, in a tree surrounded by a tin fence, so wild cats wouldnât eat it. In February, after mating with a rooster, she had 5 chicks, 3 males and 2 females. I took good care of the mother hen and its chicks. She had another set of 5 chick after her eggs were fertilized a second time. This time around, one of the chicks died, but the other 4 are well. They are still small and I don’t know their sex yet.”