REVENUE GENERATING ACTIVITIES
With the support of friends of children who are in the street, many buildings that support different sustainability projects have been made in recent years:
Built by trainees from Quebec in 2005 to accommodate 300 laying hens, the henhouse allows OPDE to feed children in the shelters and sell the eggs at the market to generate revenue.
Two modern type stables were built in 2006 for cows, which currently supports fifteen cows and calves that are used for dairy and meat to feed the children and to sell at the market. A pigsty was built in 2008 that started with three pigs and one boar, which now has over one hundred pigs and piglets. OPDE also has one hundred rabbits and a fishpond.
OPDE currently has agriculture on 3 acres of land at the Taba shelter, which are cultivated by workers from the community. We have crops such as bananas, cabbage, carrots, onions, eggplants, sweet potatoes, beans, corn, and forage crops such as alfalfa. These crops are both used to feed the children and to sell at the market.
In 2010, OPDE transformed our agriculture fields in the Sahera area of Huye in order to support rice cultivation there. Thanks to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the A.I.M.E.R. association, a hydroelectric dam for irrigation was built on the land and is now used to support the rice cultivation. In 2015, the project changed from just giving the rice to families of our students to becoming a co-op for the families to be able to gain economically from the project. The co-op now has 37 members, the majority of whom are women.