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Uganda

Goodtripper: Uganda

Mbale, Uganda
06.10.2011 | by: Kelly


I just returned from Uganda, where I was building chicken coops for HIV/AIDS-affected families, and I wanted to share my experience, photos and the notion that design can make a difference. Five years ago, I was in Uganda with one of Africa’s largest indigenous AIDS-service organizations, . During my summer there, we visited the homes of AIDS orphans (some in the care of grandmothers; others in the care of older siblings), and the effect it had on me was profound. Compelled to do something亚洲 欧美 国产综合aV_亚洲欧美AV中文日韩二区, the was born. In the past five years, our organization has grown from 20 to 53 families, but the mission is still the same: provide HIV/AIDS-affected families with an opportunity to start a smallholder poultry business, selling eggs and keeping 100% of their profits. Each family receives five healthy chickens, poultry management and business training, a bicycle, banking and savings program, support, and, since our latest visit this May, a chicken coop.

亚洲 欧美 国产综合aV_亚洲欧美AV中文日韩二区This winter, we held an international to challenge folks from the design, art, architecture and farming community to create an efficient, locally sourced, modern coop. One of the winners (and a DesignCorps fellow), , volunteered to travel to Uganda to design and help build coops from local materials. A team of five of us, including co-founders Joe and Emily Pavlick, a social entrepreneur and a volunteer photographer, worked with local farmers, a team of TASO teens and TASO staff to build 13 coops! We also added 29 families to the project and sourced/delivered materials for another 40 coops, which will be finished this summer by the local build team we trained while we were there.

Although I spent most of my time in Uganda in the village, building coops, delivering materials, facilitating workshops and making home visits, I did make time to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the “Pearl of Africa.” I visited the craft markets, admired the effortless style of Ugandan women, tasted fresh mangoes from the tree, indulged in sweet sesame candies, lounged on a papyrus mat in the lush landscape, and walked the people-packed streets of Mbale every chance I got.

The Details
To get involved with the Poultry Project, visit and email us亚洲 欧美 国产综合aV_亚洲欧美AV中文日韩二区 — we love volunteers! Get a detailed description, building instruction, photos, and material list of the Poultry Project chicken coop at . To make a difference through design, check out (Social Economic Environmental Design) and  (they’re currently running a school and design lab, Studio H, in rural North Carolina).