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Wauchope’s Brittani Michelle has returned from Nepal after starting a sustainable chicken project

Laura Telford

Brittani

Brittani Michelle has a dream that goes a little like this: every child no matter where they live, or the financial situation of their family, should be able to go to school and get an education.

This dream has taken her across the world to India and Nepal helping local villages by fundraising and providing programs and items that will make it easier for children to access school.

Her passion has just seen her return from Nepal for a second time where she spent nearly three weeks going to remote villages.

“For the last four months I have been raising money to start a sustainable chicken project in the village of Chulthedada in Nepal,” Brittani said.

“I had to raise $7000 so that I could fully fund the project that will help 54 families in Chulthedada living in extreme poverty.

“They all received chickens, chicken feed, feeding buckets and training for how to care for them and breed them.

“My goal is for the 2000 chickens I funded is to produce eggs for the family, breed and be sold at local markets.

“The chickens are a local hybrid breed and the profit for selling the chickens is generous so they will provide an ongoing steady profit that will reduce the strain among families, allowing the children to go to school.”

Brittani is a member of the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie and has partnered with the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel in Nepal to make the project happen.

As well as her major project of starting her own chicken farming project, Brittani also helped in a number of other projects all focused on assisting children get an education.

“The other projects I did while I was over there included purchasing a computer and paying for 15 girls to take computer lessons and donating furniture to a school in a neighbouring village.

“I also bought a bicycle for another girl who struggled to get to school and donated 50 school bags so students could carry things to and from school.

“Something like buying a bike doesn’t sound like much for us but when I was able to hand over the bike to the girl who will be using it the feeling was amazing.

“Having the bike is the difference between her and getting to school or not, so it was an incredible feeling knowing I was able to help her.

“Seeing how much they value the little things we are able to help with gives me a sense of determination to keep going and shows me how blessed I am to be able to help.”

Brittani was also able to go into a local school and teach English and engage with students.

She said her passion for helping others comes from her strong belief that every child should have the opportunity to get an education.

“My passion has always been equality. I believe that every child deserves the right to get an education and that education is the key to changing their whole future.

“Heading home from Nepal this time the sense of accomplishment I feel is so rewarding.

“This project has made me feel driven to keep doing my work in Nepal and I have already begun planning my next project.

“I would love to give a massive shout out to my family because without them none of this would be possible.

“I would also love to thank everyone who donated to my cause over the past few months. None of this would have been possible without you.”

Originally published on wauchopegazette.com.au on 24 February 2019

Published on Lokantar on the same date

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