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|Name of Project Holder||WIMLER PARTNERSHIP FOR SOCIAL PROGRESS, INC.|
|Project Description||School-based Poultry Project|
|Project Location||M’lang Pilot Elementary School
Municipality of Mlang, North Cotabato
|Total Amount of the Project||EUR 3,115|
|Sponsoring Organization||SWIFT Asia Pacific|
|Beneficiaries||Indirect: Pupils of M’lang Pilot Elementary School
Members of Parents Teachers Association
Direct: At least 20 poor pupils in the school
|Project Duration||12 months; starting September 2010|
The overall objective of the project is to provide opportunities for poor children in Mindanao to acquire at least universal elementary education and to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – modest as it is.
The specific objective of the project is to assist Dugong Elementary School and M’lang Pilot Elementary School to start the School-based Poultry Project starting with 300 egg layers (chickens) as alternative source of income to enable them to support more children and purchase much-needed school equipment and supplies. The number of egg layers can be expanded later in order to reach the economies of scale.
In this manner, the schools will have regular sources of income to address the needs of poor children and the inadequate school facilities through their own efforts instead of relying from outside help. This approach is more sustainable and stimulates broad participation of the parents, teachers, and pupils.
The income from the project will help the schools upgrade the school facilities such as maintenance, constructing potable drinking water facilities, teaching materials, and support poor but deserving pupils.
The project will directly benefit poor pupils and indirectly all the pupils of the schoolsthrough the improved facilities.
Egg Layer farming is a profitable business as the produce of farm provides high quality animal protein which is daily requirement of the human body. This can be started in both rural and semi-urban areas.
Day old egg laying chicks are initially reared for a period of 18 weeks. On completion of 18 weeks, the birds start laying eggs for the next 52 weeks.
Since the Philippines is an agricultural country, poultry raising can be very profitable. There is always a great demand for poultry products such as fresh eggs.
The poultry will also serve as learning tool for the pupils. Many of the children enrolled in the elementary grades stop going to school beyond sixth grade. If they leave school, they will have a little know-how on how to raise chickens and earn money. They can sell eggs and live chickens so they can possibly support their high school education. Raising chickens is not a tedious work which women and children can easily manage the poultry in their own backyards with the help of a small start-up capital.
The project is collectively owned by the members of Parents-Teachers Association. The elected treasurer takes care of the financial management. If necessary, the bookkeeper of WIMLER will assist PTA in setting up the bookkeeping system. A separate bank account will be set up for the poultry project. The role of the principal is very important in this project. In both schools, the principals take the initiative in mobilizing the parents, teachers, linking with the local government, and linking with WIMLER. The school principals are the main focal persons and responsible for providing reports to WIMLER both of the project and the progress of the children in consultation with the officers of PTA. They also see to it that the project is properly implemented based on the budget allocation.
The following steps are needed to realize the project:
Initial Phase: Preparation:
- Prepare the stakeholders for the project which includes providing adequate information, purpose, outcomes, duties, and responsibilities.
- Identify the location of the poultry. Clear land, build a parameter fence, and construct a poultry shed capable of housing 300 day-old chicks by month 3. Chicken shed must be equipped with basic facilities to reduce mortality
Second Phase: The Construction of the Chicken Coops
- Purchase construction materials.
- Build the coop.
- Find reputable chicken supplier. Purchase supplies and chicken feeds for the chicken coop. Also find a supplier of chicken feeds.
- Identify qualified poultry project caretaker for 6 months and thereafter.
- Identify a doctor/veterinarian to check the layers and vaccinate them and recommend vitamins and other supplements.
- Identify relevant persons from PTA to take care of the selling of the eggs.
School Poultry Management
- Disburse funds (honorarium for caretaker, fees and medication and to maintain proper financial control and management. Financial report must include all relevant receipts and supporting papers (procurements)
- Report regularly the progress of the project including pictures showing all the important stages of the project implementation.
- Prepare marketing report (income from harvest of eggs and expenditures of the poultry project).
- Allocate net profit from the poultry project: 50% to sponsor additional scholars and 50% to put up additional facilities for the school such as laboratory equipments and computers to be used by the pupils and teachers.
- Ensure the continuity of the project after funding is exhausted. This can be achieved partly by involving the community on a voluntary basis.
- Exercise utmost transparency and prudence in procuring construction materials, day-old chicks and medication and to select suppliers which can provide excellent products at reasonable prices.
- Agree that the treasurer of Wimler will review the disbursement and expense reports and the corresponding receipts/supporting papers.
Status of the Project
As of September 30, 2010:
The members of the PTA started constructing the poultry coop started around first week of September. The construction of laying section is still in progress but the 300 chicks are already bought.
Leila Rispens-Noel, President and co-founder of WIMLER – Coordination
Mr. Cyrel Defensor, School Principal – Project Implementation
Mr. Joel Celestial, Lead Carpenter
For more information, please contact:
Leila Rispens-Noel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyrel Defensor: email@example.com
About Wimler: The WIMLER Partnership for Social Progress, Inc. is a small non-profit and non-governmental organisation. Our mission is to share, serve, stimulate, facilitate, and build partnership for sustainable development. We contribute to the development and advancement of grassroots communities through alternative approaches to socio-economic development, education, capacity building of communities and building partnership with like-minded organizations locally and internationally.
About SWIFT: The well-being of the communities we live and work in is engrained in SWIFT’s corporate values and we strive to demonstrate them beyond the confines of the company. SWIFT is committed to improving social and educational circumstances wherever possible; we seek to engage our employees and have established partnerships with One Laptop per Child, the International Polar Foundation, United Way, the American Cancer Society and the United Fund for Belgium. Our programme is co-created with the input of our employees and stakeholders, co-deployed with the help of volunteers, engaging by enabling our staff to personally participate, focused on where our support makes a difference and glocal with major umbrella initiatives whilst fostering regional/local autonomy.
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