While guinea fowl is not a bird we usually have on our daily tables for dinner, it will be a delicious meal to 30 orphan families, thanks to your generosity. These families, headed by adolescents who were left to care for younger siblings when their parents died, were each given 4 hens and one male guinea fowl, along with training on how to care for their animals and the know-how to detect illness before it causes death to their livestock.
Nyaradzo was given her starter flock and she couldn't be more thrilled. She never dreamed of becoming a business woman, but with the proper training and the gift of her flock, she is well on her way. Now, with support from the ZOE team in Zimbabwe, she and many other heads of households have the ability to become owners of large flocks, providing protein and funds for their families. During the first year of the project, these families may eat eggs, but they cannot eat the birds themselves. So, they learn to budget their eggs - some for eating and some for growing chicks. As their flock grows and time goes by, they will be able to eat, sell and barter their birds, but only once they have an established flock that can sustain the removal of birds from time to time.
You, through your participation in this project, have given Nyaradzo and her siblings a gift no one else has ever given her - the ability of fending for herself. She and her siblings will soon be able to return to school, thanks to earnings that will pay for school fees. She and her siblings already have protein to add to their meager diets. And, she has hope for a future.
On behalf of Nyaradzo and the other 29 families you've supported through this project -THANK YOU.