One Egg Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Western hemisphere. For the 40,000+ people who live in Masatepe, food insecurity is a very visible reality, and children can be the most vulnerable. In the community’s 17 preschools/early childhood centers there are over 800 kids who are at high risk of not getting sufficient protein for their development.
ITeams’ Ministry and OneEgg in Masatepe
International Teams (IT) is a global non-profit dedicated to bringing people together to help the oppressed. They work in poor and oppressed communities where they seek to integrate the mission and compassion modeled by Jesus into a holistic approach working alongside local leaders, not over them.
International Teams’ work in Masatepe began in 2013 when Brandon and Hannah Weidman moved there to begin laying the foundation for community transformation: learning the language, building relationships, identifying assets and determining needs. Local initiatives were started including replacing dilapidated preschool buildings, running a coffee shop and All Things Coffee business, treating dirt floors with “dirt glue”, partnering with local churches on prison outreach, an alcohol rehab center, launching a local Chamber of Commerce, local clinic medical supplies, discount computer sales and now a new sustainable chicken farm.
The Egg Program
We estimate that more than 800 preschool and early elementary school children need the protein in their diets that can be provided by the daily supply of eggs. The goal of our egg program is to establish a chicken farm that can produce enough eggs to be sustainable over the long-term AND to donate enough to address the protein deficit among children in Masatepe.
Through a partnership between International Teams, OneEgg, Elanco and a local egg farmer we were able to start this farm with 2,400 hens in November 2015. We now have adequate egg production that will make this farm sustainable and allow us to begin donating at least 300 eggs/day to eight preschools. Before the end of 2nd Quarter 2016, with a small additional investment, we will be able to take the farm to capacity by addition 1,600 more hens. We believe this will allow us to begin donating more than 500 eggs per day to children without adequate protein in their diets.