Egg-Laying Hens Provide Sustainable Source of Food and Income for Impoverished Communities

GreaterGood is turning 20! In honor of our birthday and more than $60 million donated to charity, we’re giving the website an exciting facelift and renewing our commitment to serving people, pets, and the planet. Our donation efforts for this birthday launch are focused on 24 programs that represent some dire needs and the areas where we can make the greatest impact. Providing flocks of egg-laying hens to families in need is one of these important projects.

For those of us who have enough food to eat, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to try to function on an empty stomach most of the time. Being constantly hungry would make it hard to focus on anything, hard to do our jobs, hard to do chores, hard to go to school and learn. But that’s exactly the reality many people around the world face every day.

Malnutrition due to poverty and food shortage means more than just empty stomachs for children and adults around the globe. It also contributes to the perpetuation of the cycle of poverty, because children may be forced to work instead of going to school, or they may go to school but be unable to learn properly because of their extreme hunger. 66 million children throughout the world currently attend primary school hungry, which keeps them from excelling in their classes. And without quality education, these children cannot grow up to earn decent living wages and change their communities for the better.

Thankfully, there are programs like this one, which aims to alleviate poverty and hunger in a sustainable way for communities in need. With your help, GreaterGood is donating egg-laying hens to those who need them and providing education on flock care and maintenance, coop building, and more to these small-scale farmers.

The hens’ eggs provide a reliable source of protein and other nutrients for the farmers’ families, and any eggs that are not eaten can be hatched. The resulting baby chicks will grow into hens and roosters that can provide eggs and meat that the farmers can sell or give away to other community members in need. Over time, the growing flocks of chickens can provide much-needed nourishment to countless people!

Two farmers in Haiti are the perfect example of one small act of good becoming a much larger improvement in the quality of life for an impoverished community. These two farmers were each given a flock of hens, and they responsibly grew their flocks until they were able to provide 300 children at the nearby Institute Edeline with protein for their school lunches every day.

For many of these students, school lunch is the only meal they eat every day, making the eggs all that much more important. This simple but nutritious food provides the children with protein to help their bodies and brains grow and keep them full so they can focus on their education. It also helps make them less susceptible to illness so they can stay healthier and stay in school. All these factors come together to ensure that students at the institute will have the best chance at success in their adult lives.

Egg-laying hens are the opportunity many impoverished families and communities around the globe need to become self-sustaining and economically sound. Just $18 provides a family with a flock of hens and a coop that has the potential to grow and feed hundreds of malnourished people and end the cycle of poverty.

Every cent of your GreaterGood donation goes to charity! Donate today to feed a community both now and in the future with a flock of egg-laying hens!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?