Duck and Fish Farm, West Sumatera
The September 2009 Sumatra earthquake occurred just off the southern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The major shock hit on September 30, 2009 and had a moment magnitude of 7.6. Government reports have to date confirmed 1,115 dead, 1,214 severely injured and 1,688 slightly injured. In addition, around 135,000 houses were severely damaged,. An estimated 250,000 families (1,250,000 people) have been affected by the earthquake through the total or partial loss of their homes and livelihoods.
In January 2010, Hope 4 Our Children received a mini grant from The QED Family Fund to implement the Duck Project. Hope 4 Our Children proceed with collaborating with Panti Yayasan Wanita Islam Orphanage (YAWI Orphanage) in West Sumatera in implementing the Duck Project.
After September 30, 2009 earthquake in West Sumatera, the living condition in the orphanages at becomes increasingly untenable and demands immediate interventions. Some of the orphans have been evacuated by their family members as most of the rooms were destroyed by the earthquake. Hope 4 Our Children funds a duck project at Panti Yayasan Wanita Islam Orphanage (YAWI Orphanage) for a couple of reasons. (1) to provide egg as source of nutrition for the orphans, (2) to provide livelihood training for the orphans by involving them in the farm maintenance, (3) to help YAWI Orphanage be a self sustained institution.
With the funding, YAWI Orphanage built the farm to place the ducks and bought 100 ducks. The orphanage sets up a schedule for students/orphans to maintain the duck farm. The students/orphans learn that in order to produce eggs, ducks need a good quality diet, protection from the elements and predators, and a clean environment. In addition, ducks need a high quality feed on a regular basis and vitamins. Food should be protected from light and heat, as these can cause rapid breakdown of vitamins that are crucial to ducks health. Insects and rodents carry bacteria and parasites that can make ducks sick, and should not be allowed to come in to contact with ducks’ food. Any food that is moldy, moist, or old should be thrown out and ducks should get plenty of feed daily. These are some of the farm maintenance tips that the students learn as they take turn in cleaning the cage and feeding the ducks.
Fish Farm Project
Hope 4 Our Children also implemented a fish farming project in the same orphanage. The orphanage had a successful fish farming project that helped provided extra income for the institution before the earthquake destroyed the ponds. The purpose of this project is to help the orphanage obtain additional income back from the fish farm that eventually will enable the orphanage to be self sustained institution.
Hope 4 Our Children's Project Coordinator
Hope 4 Our Children hired a consultant to oversee the implementation of the project and to provide expertise to the project. The consultant, Riza Andesca, is a graduate student majoring in Animal Husbandry at Andalas University. He serves as Hope 4 Our Children's Project Coordinator and provides his expertise in building and maintenance of the duck farm. He visits the orphanage once to twice a week to monitor the project implementation phase and to ensure that the project is implemented within the target.