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Meeting Needs hatches plan for chicken farms in Tanzania

Event industry charity Meeting Needs is to fund the creation of small chicken farms within two primary schools in the Kisarawe district of Tanzania.

Costing £5,000, the project will be undertaken by UK-based charity Champion Chanzige and will include the provision of 100 chickens per school as well as skills training at Kidugalo and Mtamba primary schools.

The funding will pay for large chicken houses, enclosed runs, chicken foods and the necessary vaccinations for the birds. Both students and teachers will be taught chicken husbandry by a local expert and well as receiving basic business skills training.

The project follows similar models already undertaken by Champion Chanzige and proving successful in other areas of Tanzania and is aimed to make the schools sustainable as well as providing valuable nutrition for the local community. A total of 545 students will benefit from the project.

Meeting Needs has worked with Champion Chanzige on four previous projects since 2014. Past chair Jennifer Jenkins said: “We are delighted to be supporting them again on such a sustainable project as this that benefits so many people in the community.”

Champion Chanzige is a small charity, founded in 2013 by Philippa Jacobs, supporting primary schools in Southern Tanzania. Schools in Tanzania are woefully under resourced, class sizes often exceed 60 children and basic resources like pens and paper are scarce. Often there is no electricity in the schools, and countless numbers have no drinking water available to the students.

Champion Chanzige aims to make small sustainable changes to the educational environment by providing resources, renovating buildings and delivering a range of ecological workshops that teach the students skills as well as creating an additional income for the schools.

Jacobs said: “In October 2013 I visited Chanzige A Primary School in Southern Tanzania. Many schools in Tanzania are horrendously under resourced. They have no electricity and basic resources are extremely limited, making it an enormous struggle to deliver the required curriculum. Despite these hardships the students that attend these schools are amongst the most dedicated, motivated and happiest I have ever met.”