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Apr 13, 2015

Thanks so much and Exciting developments!

Wow, thanks to all of our donors, and the donations that continue to come in.  We are nearly there!  

We are in contact with the disaster relief people in Vanuatu and will coordinate with them on the ground.  Apparently our Happy Chicken breeding fock and hatchery is the only one of its kind in the region, and the village-adapted chicks will be ready to go as soon as the communities are stable and have their basic needs of shelter, food and clean water met.  At the moment there is a lot of suffering due to the scale fo the disaster and the large numbers of destroyed vllages. Nothing fo this scale has ever occurred in the South Pacific.  However the people are incredible and remain cheerful, happy, and hopeful- amazingly resilient and optimistic.  With that spirit of optimism and unified action recovery is proceeding, and so in a few months they will be ready for Happy Chicken, and we will be more ready to help them as well. Until that point Fiji communities will continue to be helped, and the project at the local boarding school (only two kilometers from our farm), will as soon as the fence is complete, have chickens and ducks added to the enclosed new fish pond that we recently dug, funded through Global Giving.      

Rural communities in Fiji and Vanuatu are through this project becoming more healthy and prosperous, and we are supporting community-based conservation efforts by lowering demand on reef fish, forest birds, and flying foxes for meat. The horribly hit cyclone areas are the urgent priority in the coming months, looking to the long term establishment of Happy Chicken flocks in the majority of communities and families, if possible within 5 years.  Our vision and strategy will be that every recipient family will in turn provide two dozen chicks (hatched under their happy hens) to another family within the first year of receiving their own chicks from the project, causing an organic project expansion and permanent positive change. 

With your donations today (29th March) we have now raised $4,570. from 39 donors, and so we will most certainly make the 5K goal and be permanently listed as a receipient and partner organization on Global Giving!  SO exciting!   This exposure will ensure that we can expand our efforts with Happy Chicken and with Coral Gardening in support for no-fishing marine protected areas and forest reserves.  We will soon be able to request additional funding from the 75K fund for Vanuatu that Global Giving is raising on their online appeal that will only be accessable to the partner recipients.  So your contribution is being amplified many times over.

I will continue to post updates to this site, so stay tuned and send us your happy thoughts, positive energy, and prayers! 

All the best in your lives and work... be happy, knowing inside that you ARE making a difference.


Austin

abowdenkerby@gmail.com

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