26 Jun The value of a chicken coop
We divided into teams of three to six on the first day of construction, each team assigned to a home affected with HIV that did not previously have a chicken coup (or chickens!). The community gathered around and pitched in as we along with an assigned foreman sawed boards, dug postholes, placed tin roofs, created makeshift doors and hammered walls up into chicken coups. It surprised us all to see and feel how much work goes into building a simple structure, but we were assured that the details (notably having no gaps between boards) were met to perfection!
Day two of construction continued and a total of five chicken coups were created. Many community members thanked us for working in their communities and with RWEYOWA, and the community connection really hit home on day three. Our final day working with RWEYOWA, the entire OG team was busy delivering chickens. The day was hot, smelly, dirty, and rainy, but we had some good laughs transporting chickens from station wagons, and while riding in the backs of trucks. The 200 chickens were delivered to the coups we constructed, as well as many families who already had coups at their homes. The stories and gratitude of these families was unforgettable.