Egg Distribution Opportunities Grow in Haiti
OneEgg Haiti began in 2013 and has grown to serve over 1000 children with needed daily protein in the form of one egg per day.
OneEgg's partnership with Chancel, a U.S. based social enterprise, and the Rhode Island Conference of United Church of Christ (RICUCC) currently purchases eggs from Haiti Broilers, a local company that operates a state-of-the-art poultry farm.
In 2016 a grant was received from Tyson Foods, which provided funding to build an economically sustainable chicken farm. In 2017, OneEgg Haiti, in partnerships with Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress, Inc. completed the construction. The baby chicks have arrived and we will keep you updated on when eggs will be available.
University of Arkansas researchers will conduct a study measuring the growth of children consuming eggs as a result of this project.
The ultimate goal for the project is achieved... more eggs for more kids!
Haiti Chicken Farm
Jeremy Beehn, former Proctor and Gamble exec and now a full time missionary in Haiti is the general manager of the farm. Jeremy is not only excited about the farm but loves to share about the impact the farm is having on individuals in the community.
Lofese is an employee of the farm. Before working at the OneEgg Haiti farm Lofese would take his broken shovel and walk to town looking for work every day. Now his daily work brings dignity and value to his life. And the good news is he will buy some furniture for his home soon which means he will be ready, according to Haitian custom, to marry his sweetheart. Madam Rosa (seen here with one of her staff) has been making lunches for the construction workers at the chicken farm. Her business is thriving so much she has been able to start rebuilding her home that was destroyed after the earthquake. OneEgg Haiti is creating a sustainable business and helping other businesses thrive.
View from the Air
Construction started in November 2016. The first building is completed. There are 3,000 baby chicks enjoying their new home.
How It All Started
A young woman is returning to New York after visiting Haiti for the first time to check on the progress of her father’s retirement home. Another woman is returning to New York after a trip to Haiti with a group of people from churches throughout Rhode Island to visit the sites their mission supports.
Both women find themselves sitting in the last row of seats on the plane because neither was able to get a seat assignment before arriving at the airport.
It is more than a mere coincidence. Before the plane takes off, the two women discover a common concern – the hungry children they have seen during their visit. Both were devastated to find that the problems of hunger and malnutrition that previously existed in Haiti have only been exaggerated by the rains that hurricane Sandy had recently poured on the country.
By the time the plane lands, the two vow not only to find a way to feed the children, but they are determined to find a way to help the Haitians in the communities they serve become self-sufficient and produce their own food.