Help Feed Families Impacted by Covid-19 in Africa

We need your help! Our friends in the Ivory Coast are in serious need of food as the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to shut down businesses and cause job loss. 

For just $5, you can give a chicken to a family in need and help them get through one more day. 

*Relief Haven Foundation will proudly match donations. 100% of funds will go directly to getting these chickens in the hands of families ASAP. 

WELL Africa, a nonprofit we support there, has suffered and can no longer support the cost of its chicken farm with the economic shut down taking place in Abidjan. It currently has over 16,000 chickens that they can no longer sell due to import/export regulations. People can't afford the chickens and WELL Africa can no longer feed all the chickens with no income.

You can help! For the cost of one missed lunch($5), you can give one of these chickens to a family in need. Join us in sacrificing one meal and donating that which you would have spent to feed another family.

***UPDATE 4/28- With the help of volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we were able to process and distribute the first 500 chickens to families in need. Let's keep it going! Here are some photos.

Please read the letter below from our partner in Africa and give what you can to help. 
Thank you.


Letter from Sery Kone, Founder of Well Africa

"When I left my job as an internal auditor at Walmart Corporate in September 2017 and returned to the Ivory Coast, my home country, I had a very simple and clear goal in mind. Poverty and child labor had to be eliminated with children in rural places all across the country and give them the opportunity to get an education. Having been a victim of child labor myself, I have seen the tremendous effect of education in my own personal life, and I was determined to provide the same opportunity to others. 

The adventure started with an investment made in the poultry business, and for the last 3 years, despite enormous setbacks, things were finally moving in the right direction. As of January 2020, my production capacity was 20,000 chickens every 45 days. With Easter on the horizon, plans to produce and sell 20,000 chickens were made and executed as usual to ensure that when came Easter day, we could provide good quality chicken to the market. Little that I knew, a global pandemic was around the corner, and that it would put us on the verge of bankruptcy. 

The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Ivory Coast were registered mid-March and since then the number of cases went up from 3 to 1111 as of April 25th, 2020. Transmission is now occurring at a community level in a country that has virtually no healthcare infrastructure to cope with an outbreak. In an attempt to prevent an outbreak, the government has taken a series of measures that have the merit of keeping things relatively under control on one hand. The main ones being a nation-wide curfew from 9 pm to 5 am every day, the lockdown of Abidjan, the main city, from the rest of the country, a stay at home order, small shops, restaurants and marketplaces closed, and the prohibition of inter-city travels effectively shutting down the classic food production and distribution chains. Special permission is granted to food producers, but with marketplaces, restaurants, and other shops closed, getting that permission is meaningless.

Although important, these measures have had devastating effects on ordinary people, especially in villages and rural places where people get all their supplies from big cities. The majority of people make less than $2 a day and rely exclusively on day-to-day activities to survive. Thousands of small businesses like mine have been forced to close their doors because they run out of cash. We currently have 16,000 chickens on our farms unable to sell while having no other option but to continue to feed them and taking in heavy losses. 

For every donation of $5, one family will receive a chicken. Relief Haven will then match donations and your impact will be on two families, each with a full chicken.  This is a large amount of food for these amazing families.

Thank you for your help!"
-Sery Kone

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