Midlands Children’s Hope Centre Founder and Manager, Question Ndou, is thrilled that work on the three chicken houses has now been completed. ‘We have just taken delivery of feeders and waterers and are gearing up to receive the first batch of 500 chicks this Friday’, he said. ‘Everybody here is more than excited about this development. Thank you to Antelope Park for your unwavering support; you are our true heroes.’
For this project, day-old chicks are bought and raised until they are approximately seven to eight weeks old, by which time they are large enough to sell to the community. This creates a sustainable income for the orphanage. While three chicken houses are ready and waiting, Question has decided that it will be best to start the project off gradually; utilising only the main chicken house at first and then increasing livestock numbers as demand grows.
During the children's school break, the boys assisted with cleaning the chicken houses in preparation for the first batch of chicks. They also joined orphanage staff to begin preparing the soil for the designated garden area so that the land will be ready for planting crops in time for this year’s rainy season. Look carefully and you'll spot zebras in the background of the photograph below; that's why erecting fencing around the garden is a priority before the seeds can be planted!
Antelope Park would like to say a big thank you to all the generous sponsors who, through their continued support and assistance, have helped to set up what is sure to be a successful chicken project, which will provide additional income for the running of the orphanage.
Bring on the chicks...
You can sponsor the Midlands Children's Hope Centre here.