Each morning, as the sun is rising, 18-year-old Dary gets up to work on her small chicken farm in Colombia. She visits the shed in her family's yard where she is raising 30 chickens, cleaning the troughs, giving them fresh food and water, and checking over them to ensure everything is fine. In the afternoon, she lets the chickens loose in the yard. After a second round of food and water, they are ready to be shut in for the night.
“I enjoy seeing the chicks grow,” she says. “I appreciate God's creation through them. I am grateful for the center's help to raise my chicks. I can feel the center staff's love as they are helping me to have a better future.”
To help support families during the pandemic, Compassion provided chickens and training to 300 Compassion-assisted young people in San Clemente. Each received 15 chicks and a bag of chicken food in May and October of 2020. The farms have been a blessing for children and families.
“The farms at home gave children something to invest time in during quarantine. There are children whose parents must take them out from the sheds after spending hours playing with chicks. The parents are pleased about the farms, and some of them ask us when we will give them more chickens,” says Feder, a center director. “In pandemic times, food was scarce, but the families had chickens to eat. We have offered the children and youth an alternative for generating resources in their rural area, which brings them more opportunities for their future, like studying.”