Saturday, July 26, 2008

Stinky Boys

Yesterday 16 male goats left our farm. I am so HAPPY.

They are key in making milk accessible to the masses. Not being monogamous, they can serve hundreds of local female goats in their areas, creating tons of dairy hybrid females, in turn providing lots of milk for children. They were an incredible gift from Joy Children’s Centre.

Selfishly, I’m glad they have moved on because, as any 8 year old girl can tell you: Boys are stinky! One male goat is strong, but with 16 next door, the pungent smell wafting in my windows was something else!

It was a sight to see them go on foot, motorcycle and truck.

Off Layers


We have enjoyed eggs from our 39 chickens for almost a year. Each chicken lays roughly an egg a day. Basaija has feed the birds and collected the eggs. Pauline would see that they were delivered to the health center for HIV+ moms to feed their children. When patients are in the hospital, there are no meal plans. Parents have to bring their food and find a way to cook it. This is always a challenge. Many of the eggs these chicken have produced have nourished young ones with nutritional deficits during their stay in the hospital.

Since their production has dropped, we have sold them off – a good chicken dinner for some. We are grateful for their service.

Our 200 new chicks are doing well and have successfully passed the age when we lost 75% of the last group! By October they should start laying eggs.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Goat Gifting

Women, children and men whose lives have been affected through loss and disease gathered together last week for the latest goat distribution. I shared from Scripture about how Jesus is our Good Shepherd, with us in hard times, caring for us gently, and laying His life down for us. I encouraged them to be reminded of their Good Shepherd whenever they are caring for their goats that God cares for them more completely then we can.
Scott Myhre, WHM Team Leader, used the illustration of animal sacrifice, which people practice regularly here. He shared how Christ is the best and final sacrifice for our sins, doing for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. He also alluded to the sacrifice of the donors who gave generously to provide the dairy goats, which they were unable to provide for themselves.

41 females were distributed, including some of the females that have been passed on (offspring of previously distributed goats).

4 males were also place in the villages to continue the breeding in the communities.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Goat Delivery

Tues night 51 goats arrrived. With the help of our truck's headlights to illuminate the area, 35 females were handed out of the huge truck and carried to their pens. Most of the 16 males were quite large, so after they were lowered from the truck, a firm grabbing of the horns and directing to their pen was needed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Cooking it up

Scott Ickes has been observing how the caretakers prepare the food they receive from BBB for their children. Some cook it with bananas and tomatoes over the fire. Others boil it into as a porridge.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Today Lamech is in Masaka preparing the trucks by creating multiple goat pens in the truck bed.
When he was getting the moving permits that allow livestock to travel within Uganda, he found that 18 of the goats he’d bought were within a sub-county with a recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD). Despite the fact that Lamech had previously vaccinated them against FMD they are unable to be moved at this time.
The 35 female goats from other sub-counties as well as the 16 donated males will still start their long journey to Bundibugyo tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

BBB Production

BBB Project produces two products, a locally made soybean powder and a peanut butter paste with dried moringa leaves. 4 production teams use the Omega VI grinders they were given by World Harvest Mission. Stephanie Jilcott trained them in their use. Currently, the teams roast the peanuts and then grind them with the dried moringa in the grinder turning it into a paste. The soybeans are roasted. Then they are prepounded by hand before they pass through the grinder which turns them into a fine powder.
Basiime Godfry, on behalf of BundiNutrition, buys the products from the production teams and brings them to the health centers for weekly distribution to moderately malnourished children.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

BBB Research

Meet Scott Ickes. He’s back in Bundibugyo for a few weeks working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Nutrition. He’s been studying the BBB Project and how the locally made Ready-to-Use-Supplementary-Food (RUSF) that is being produced here is affecting the community. He’s been interviewing Health Center Staff who distribute the Peanut Butter Paste and Soybean flour. The production teams who create the product and the moms who feed it to their children are also speaking up on how it is being used.

Scott is finishing up 78 dietary recalls, which ask mothers “What did your child eat yesterday?” This helps to answer the question of how the products we give to the moderately malnourished children fit into their total diet. Random home visits to observe how the food is prepared is also part of the study. He’s had the help of Biihwa, Annette, Basiime, Baguma Charles and Katie Morris with the interviews and back translations.

Tomorrow he will take samples of the products to Makerere University and have them tested for their nutrient content.

He has gathered quite a bit of data. After being able to analyze it, he hopes to share his insights with BundiNutrition and the production teams as to how we might make the most of the project.

BBB: Byokuliya Bisemeye mu Bantu, Good Food for People