Parental Care Ministries exists to Proclaim the good news of Jesus in East Africa, Comfort the hurting, and Multiply God’s gifts through education and discipleship.
The First Egg
Even with the great strides PCM has made toward a balanced diet at their schools, the children they serve were still only receiving protein four or five times per year.
But the new OneEgg farm with its 2,000 chickens changed that!
The first egg was laid on March 2, 2017 at the Enkoko (meaning chicken in the local language) House. That news brings great hope. Soon the chickens will be producing the much anticipated eggs for the 2,000 children of PCM’s 5 schools!
“We are excited at Parental Care to not just be providing food but real protein on a more regular basis. The impact of this change could be immeasurable to the future performance of our students,” PCM USA’s founder and Executive Director, Dr. Mark Barret said.
The potential impact that these eggs could have on the children may be life changing. The eggs that the Enkoko House will produce will contribute to the improved overall health and growth of the students, as well as provide important nutrients for their cognitive development. PCM will also generate income for the farms by selling the extra eggs as well as the chickens when they have finished producing. This income will go back into the farm to contribute to its sustainability.
Construction of the Farm
Pastor Charles Ochwo has overseen the construction of all types of buildings for Parental Care Ministries.
He has constructed churches for worshipping, school buildings for learning, and dormitories for hundreds of children to sleep each night. The latest project that Pastor Charles constructed was an Enkoko House. Enkoko means chicken in the local language.
The Enkoko House, with the support and expertise of Chris Ordway with OneEgg, and Dave Juenger and Dr. Bret Rings, Senior Veterinarian with Cobb Vantress, is a game changer for the children at PCM.
With a model that promotes self-sustainability it will eventually support the ongoing costs of PCM's farms. The eggs that are harvested from the chickens will provide protein to children who need it the most. The additional harvested eggs will be sold locally for about 12 cents. Eventually after the birds finish their egg-producing season, they will be sold for about $4 each.
PCM Vet, Pastor Joseph, will use his expertise and training to ensure the success of the project. Pastor Charles and the team traveled to Northern Uganda and Rwanda to study chicken house construction and the sites of other similar farms.
Countless prayers have been spoken as we have sought different ways to add protein to the diets of the children. Animal protein is essential for cognitive and physical development, especially in young children. Children who receive adequate amounts of protein before age five have higher IQs and stronger mental development.
Eggs come in the perfect package, do not need to be refrigerated, don't rely on rain (like crops) are easy to hard boil and are filled with important nutrients.
Through the years PCM has used goats, planted protein producing trees, and harvested beans in an effort to nourish the children properly.
Through board member Rich Wolowski, PCM learned of OneEgg. OneEgg's commitment to helping PCM succeed in this venture provides hope. Thank you Rich for your commitment to the children of PCM. Thank you for your commitment and initiative to take the lead on a project that will change thousands of lives.
You can help make this plan continue to grow by partnering with Parental Care Ministries and OneEgg by clicking here.
Overview of Project
Phase 1 of the Enkoko House has been fully funded! Praise God for His provision. Now it is time to multiply the efforts of many by taking on Phase 2.
Phase 2 includes:
- $25,000 for the second Enkoko House
- $3,500 for a septic tank
- $3,000 for a fence
- $15,000 for an office and biosecurity area with showers
- $5,000 for storefront
- $1,000 for marketing
We are trusting that God will provide for Phase 2 so that we can see the impact that the houses will have on PCM children, staff, the PCM Omwana House, families in nearby villages and beyond in 2017!
For more information about Parental Care Ministries visit their website at www.pcmonline.org.