This year, funds raised have been spent on our Mozambique project which supports HIV and AIDS affected households through vaccinated village chickens.
Over 1.6 million adults and children in Mozambique live with HIV, with women making up an estimated 58% of the infected population (1). With the lack of resource access, education, economic empowerment and high levels of poverty, violence and socio-cultural norms, women are much more vulnerable to infection and the resulting effects of contracting HIV (2).
Thanks to many generous donations, KYEEMA has been able to help 240 of the most vulnerable households affected by HIV and AIDS in six villages of the Marracuene district.
Newcastle disease is one the primary killers of village poultry, and vaccination against the disease is one of the key ways to ensure that chickens provide ongoing economic support to vulnerable households.
The increased availability of chicken meat and eggs and income from chicken and egg sales will allow for households to purchase more diverse and nutritious food. What KYEEMA loves about chickens is that not only can they reduce malnutrition, but income from chicken and egg sales is often spent on sending children to school and other vital household needs.