What a weekend celebration down at the just-born Chicken Ranch!
Deb and I celebrate and have just invested $3,500US of your eggstravagantly generous donations, in the industrious vision of Director Chifundo Chinsampha and his Coordinating Team of Alinafe Communities of Hope (ACOH), in initiating an EGG business for the benefits of nutrition and funding support for their elderly and disabled clients in villages surrounding Nkhoma.
As donors to us who have donated to ACOH, you are now the proud owners of 250 chickens that will begin producing eggs, for food and revenue, in just a week or two; your donations are also providing funds for three months for two security guards, two chicken handlers, painting of the building, protective fencing around the building, chickenfeed, water and feed dispensers, and a couple of inches of rice chaff on the floor for the chickens’ comfort and safe-egg-laying. (That’s a lot of chicken scratch for $3,500!)
US dollars are worth twice as much if they are brought into Malawi verses being sent electronically. Just so happens the gracious Moderator of the CCAP Synods of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe just got back from visiting Boston with a Malawian delegation. Your donations were collected, sent by check to a former member of the Hollidaysburg, PA, Church, who cashed the check and gave fifty $100 bills to Rev. Nkhoma who, in turn, brought them back to Malawi and handed them to me last Sunday. Ten minutes later, a friend of ours, a seminary student, put me in touch with someone who exchanged them for nearly 10 Million kwacha.
How grateful we are for your donations! How grateful we are for the vision and compassion of the leadership team of ACOH. How grateful we are for the simple egg that will be doing so much to provide nutrition and resources of support for the clients of ACOH.
Go chickens, go!