The Chicken Project
Sister Claudine launched what has become known as the "Chicken Project" in 2002. Educated in agriculture and farming methods, Sister Claudine is focused on food security and stability. She spends half her time overseeing the care, feeding and distribution of the chickens to hungry families eking out a living in the country's impoverished highlands. She spends the other half teaching at a university in a nearby city. In either case, she is fulfilling what she considers to be her purpose: teaching others how to become self-sufficient.
|400 Chicks and Counting... |
Sister Claudine launched the Chickens for Congo project with 200 chicks. Her current flock numbers 400, which is still not nearly enough to provide eggs and chickens to all the hungry families served by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At this date, one baby chick costs the equivalent of $1.50 there. That's less than the cost of a dozen eggs in U.S. supermarkets!
Please help us grow Sister Claudine's flock by donating to our African Projects.
| Lunch Time of Roots and Greens|
These eight-year old girls, students of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, are pounding the green stems of the manioc plant in a type of crude mortar and pestle. Once the greens are mixed with the boiled and mashed manioc root (like mashed potatoes), lunch will be served. A daily diet of manioc is far from sufficient to grow strong, resilient and healthy bodies. Supplementing their diet with protein found in eggs and chicken is crucial to the girls' ability to grow and learn.