Poultry farm training

Funding required: $94,600

This project will help: 175 youths from eight centres across El Salvador

Estimated completion date: December 2018

Sixteen-year-old Osmin* watches his father walk toward the market. Hopefully, his father will be able to find work today. Osmin glances at his mother, and they exchange a worried look. If there’s no work today, there likely won’t be any dinner either. Osmin, feeling frustrated and worried, hands the last piece of his breakfast tortilla to his little sister.

Most families in the area live in a marginalized sector along the border with Ecuador. Many families lack access to basic services such as potable water and a sewage system. This means Tumaco’s children are constantly exposed to tropical illnesses such as malaria, intestinal infections, skin diseases, malnutrition, parasites, flu and fever.

Osmin’s dad has been looking for work for a long time. Sometimes, he finds work on plantations during planting and harvesting. The rest of the year his family doesn’t know when their next meal will be. Malnutrition is a very real concern for families struggling to feed their children. As Osmin gets older, he desperately wants to help and contribute to his family’s meagre income, but jobs are scare— especially for young people with no skills and no experience.

Unemployment in El Salvador has remained high, while purchasing power has decreased. Families aren’t able to stretch their incomes as far as they used to. For young people like Osmin, the prospects are bleak. Unemployment for young people aged 18 to 24 is nearly twice as high as the national average. Without work, young people are unable to develop job skills, hampering their opportunities for future employment and their chance to break the cycle of poverty.

But it doesn’t have to stay like this. You can help eight churches across El Salvador teach young people the skills they need to operate a poultry farm. Participants will learn to take care of the animals, prevent diseases and operate equipment. They’ll learn marketing techniques and will have the opportunity to sell meat at the local market. A qualified instructor will lead the workshops, teaching these skills in two-hour sessions, three times a week. Children at the Compassion centres will also benefit from the added protein in their diets. With the gift of poultry farms, young people like Osmin will learn the skills they need to help their families today, while also providing for their own futures when they grow up.

*Osmin’s story is composite, typical of an adolescent in El Salvador.
Give the gift of a poultry farm and help teens improve their family income.

Poultry farm training

Help teens in El Salvador develop skills and earn an income.

Church Name: Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Movimiento Internacional en Colombia

Summary: You can help eight churches in El Salvador teach young people to raise poultry. They’ll learn valuable skills they can use to help increase their income as they reach adulthood. They’ll have the opportunity to sell meat at the local market, and combat malnutrition by supplementing meals for children at the Compassion centres.

  • Child development centres impacted: ES-0002, ES-0003, ES-0804, ES-0843, ES-0934, ES-0949, ES-0974 and ES-0993
  • The problem: Across the country, El Salvador suffers huge gaps in nutrition, health, education and housing. Unemployment and under-employment rates are high, especially for young people. The unemployment rate for youth is more than 14 per cent, compared with the national average of 7.3 per cent. Without access to jobs, young people aren’t developing the vocational skills they need to find employment as adults.
  • What is provided through this gift:
    • Poultry farms for eight Compassion centres, including
      • Two chicken coops per centre
      • 200 chicks per coop
      • Food and water
      • Electricity and lighting
      • Vaccines and antibiotics
    • Professional training by a qualified instructor
  • Local contribution: US$12,800 in labour and instructor fees
  • Monitoring: Each centre will be responsible for monitoring the progress of its poultry farm. The pastor and the centre director will send monthly reports to the Partnership Facilitator, who will then evaluate the project effectiveness.
  • Handling of funds: The centre director for each centre will be responsible for purchasing the required equipment. The church partners and the caregivers will provide the labour to build the chicken coops.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.