Founded by photographer Ashley Turner, The Farmhouse Project is a community initiative created to empower Ugandan families through sustainable farming and to create future village unions to promote independence and equality. The average village family has 7-10 children and with current incomes, can afford to allow only two to three children to attend school. If a family has the means to start a chicken coop, that alone can provide education for an entire family. Education is the most powerful tool for change throughout this nation. Through sustainable farming, locals become independent with the ability to provide basic needs and education for their families. The ultimate goal is to build a school in the village with the funding generated from the farm and other local projects. Through a commitment to sustainability, ongoing and future plans include money management, leadership development, community initiatives and village farming unions.
The average village family has 7 - 10 children
The average term cost for a child to go to school per term is 75,000 Ugandan Shillings ($35-$40)
The average family has a monthly income of 90,000-250,000 ($35-$95)
The average doctors visit is 10,000-30,000 ($3-$11)
One chicken can be sold for 25,000 ($9-$10)
A sustainable chicken coop can house 75-150 chickens, after six months they are ready to lay eggs and large enough for profit.
The breakdown: (By selling the following)
- 1 chicken = A doctor's visit,
- 2 chickens = A doctor's visit plus medical treatment
- 3 chickens = One child's education per term
- 3 crates of eggs = Books for school
Visit www.thefarmhouseproject.org for more information.
To be involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.