A Plan, 14 Hens, and a Rooster in Chiapas
Chronic malnutrition affects 44 percent of children in rural Chiapas--a rate that's six times the national average in Mexico. Compaňeros En Salud (CES), Partners In Health’s sister organization in Mexico, and Heifer International are collaborating on a two-year pilot program that gives 15 chickens to families who have a chronically malnourished child under five. The chickens produce eggs that inject necessary protein into these children's diet. Whatever the families don't eat, they sell for extra cash to buy other nutritious foods they couldn't otherwise afford. One year in, CES and Heifer are seeing positive results.