Preschool for a pig

On Thursday, Nov 8, I visited Kayenzi with Major Bente, Principal for our Training College and her guests, Majors Anne and John from Australia. We started the day by walking in the beautiful landscape to visit two families with children in the preschool.
Section Officer Captain Jean Damascene let us visit two of the families that have a "preschool piglet" in their home. We now have eight preschool pigs, four new piglets and four almost grown up pigs.
In the first family, there are six children and they cannot afford to send the youngest son to preschool.
They are struggling because they don´t own any land and have to buy all food for the family.
They try to grow as much as they can outside the house but in a big family, it is not easy
 to supply for all children. 
In the spring of 2012 they entered a mini project "Preschool for a pig" that The Salvation Army in Kayenzi is doing, a pilot project to see if we can do an income generating project for poor families in the Kayenzi area.
The piglet has now grown and will soon be pregnated.
We are counting with at least six piglets, the mother pig will stay to raise the piglets for three months. Three piglets will then go back to school (to go to new families that need the income to pay for preschool) and three piglets will stay on in the first family as their own property. Hopefully they will take care of them and start their own "business" of feeding up pigs as an income for the family.
Family number two that we visited has four children, no land of their own and they now send their daughter to Catherine Booth preschool thanks to the project. They have the youngest piglet, and will take care of it for seven months before it can be old enough to be pregnated.
It has his own room and came out to greet us when we came. It was very alert, looking for something to eat, and looked like a happy little pig.
When we do the selection of which families can be offered to join this "preschool for a pig project", we discuss with local government. We ask them who would benefit, who could have the ability and capacity to take care of the pig. Together with the Corps leader we then select the families.
Kayenzi is a village in the Rukoma Office and they have even put this project in their "performa" that they then have to show to the president Paul Kageme. We are happy that we are doing this together, especially since we will do a big project if this test is a sucess.


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