INTO-Giving Plan Pollo
We have started Plan Pollo in Honduras thanks to INTO-Giving’s startup donation. Twenty-five families will benefit with extra income as well as covering some costs of the Phoenix secondary school and college including teachers’ salaries and materials. Students graduate in Rural Community Sustainable Development. Please see the slideshow below which will be updated regularly as the plan comes to fruition and grows! To pause a slide please hover over the text.
National Identity Day
In July the students celebrate their indigenous roots.
National Identity Day
The college students celebrating National Identity Day remembering their indigenous roots.
Daily food and water
Water is key to the chickens' growth - a constant supply of both feed and water is very important.
Open space is key to the rearing of chickens. Plan Pollo is against battery farming and tight enclosed areas.
The chicks a few days old.
A new batch
The students are involved in the day-to-day running of Plan Pollo.
Plucking and preparing
Almost all of the chicken is used. The students learning how to pluck and prepare a chicken for sale.
The final product
And this is what Plan Pollo is all about. This simple prepared chicken (and others!) will help cover teachers' salaries sustainably in the future, provide income for local families whilst leaving money aside for investment in the next batch.
The Seven Continent Charity Challenge #2
The Phoenix College students digging the Plan Tilapia pool as part of the Seven Continents Charity Challenge #2 in one day
Plenty of space, ventilation, food and water
The essential aspects for a successful Plan Pollo!
Students learning about Plan Pollo
Phoenix College students learning about and managing Plan Pollo.
Warmth at night
It is very important to keep the chicks warm at night for the first two weeks. We use gas heaters for the first week then light bulbs for the second week.
Our college students are trialling different designs for feeders which will be economical for families in the future.
The chickens are coming along well - these are from one of the initial test-batches.
And we're off!
After a couple of unforeseen setbacks and prolonged rain at the start delayed construction we are now up and running with Plan Pollo in Honduras - photos to come shortly.
Teacher preparation before the new school year
Our Phoenix teachers meet regularly for planning.
Each Phoenix teacher receives their "teacher's kit" to aid their teaching and ultimately provide the children with better education.
Stocking the school with materials in preparation for the new school year.
Our Phoenix teachers and Rural Sustainable Enterprise graduates from our college.
The "crianza" is finally finished
The break in the rains has allowed work to be undertaken on the construction of the "crianza" (rearing pens). The chicks are reared here with gas-heating for the first three weeks.
The roof is on the "crianza"
The roof is finally put in place on the "crianza" - after three weeks the chicks are distributed amongst the families to finish the cycle.
Plan Café - 2015 harvest begins
Finally the break in the rains has allowed us to start harvesting Plan Café.
The first harvest of 2015 - Plan Café
The crop is looking good this year though prices are a little low - these should rise as the harvest season continues.
The chicks in the first stage with their heater.
Construction of the main rearing pen.
After almost two weeks of solid rain building gets back underway of the main rearing pen and family coops.
The main rearing pen
The sun comes out and building gets back underway.
Construction of the main rearing pen
Days of heavy rains had put a delay on building the main rearing pen and family coops.
Constructing the rearing pen
After days of solid rain construction is restarted.
Keeping traditions alive celebrating Independence Day at the school.
Never too young to learn
Graduation Day for some of our parents who have been learning to read and write this year in Honduras. As part of their final year of the Phoenix Colegio, the students have to teach community members literacy and numeracy (and also further their education) for which they receive official certificates through the school. Of the 25 "students" this year 16 passed 1st grade, 4 passed 2nd grade, 4 passed 3rd grade, 2 passed 4th grade and 1 passed 5th grade. Well done everyone!
Delivering the blocks
The rearing pens will be surround by a small wall of concrete blocks, which have to be transported up into the hills!
Hard at work
Our "colegio" students taking a breather
Preparing the main "crianza"
We intend to build two breeding pens - here is the second one being started.
Eager to learn
Our students receiving training on Plan Pollo. This is their future and the future of the school. Proceeds of Plan Pollo will be shared between them, reinvestment in forthcoming cycles and also school costs, including teachers' salaries and materials.
Training has been given to all the students explaining the whole cycle, including feeding, water consumption, vaccines, illnesses and sales and marketing. We will be monitoring progress with regular visits to the families.
In the middle of nowhere!
The site of the first "crianza" (rearing pens). Due to severe water shortage we are setting up an irrigation system to transport water from a natural spring from a hill a mile away.
The first "crianza"
Work being undertaken on the first "crianza" where the chicks will be raised to three weeks old before being shared amongst the families. This has all been dug by hand by the students.
The family homes, such as this one, will receive a chicken run with chickens and feed with proceeds being split between the family and the teachers' salaries and other school costs.
Education from their peers
As part of our Phoenix Colegio course in Honduras, the students have to give talks on nutrition, sex education, health and the benefits of studying past primary school to the rural schools, often one to two hours on foot. Here they are in Nueva Aldea.
The daily trek to school
Our students come from nine different rural communities with many walking between one and two hours each way to receive an education.