While spending several months at the South African Amakhala Game Reserve in 2011, Matthias Keller set up a sustainable project: Matt’s Chicken Farm, a poultry farm he built in collaboration with local partners. His commitment is fuelled by two objectives: to give the children from the orphanage next door the opportunity to learn how to look after animals responsibly and, in the future, to cover the orphanage’s egg requirements. And maybe one day the farm will have become so big that the selling of eggs could turn into a small business.
On his first return visit after setting up the farm, in February 2012, Matthias Keller was very pleased to find out that the hens were already laying more than 20 eggs a day. The number of chickens raised on the farm has continued to grow in the years that followed. Thanks to further investments in the infrastructure and its “inhabitants”, there are now 26 chickens and Paterson-Entertainment is proud to be able to supply the orphanage with all the eggs it needs.
Another small success story is the creation of a job: a permanent employee was hired in spring 2016 to look after the poultry. The money he earns allows him to feed his entire family.
Matthias Keller: “I set up Matt’s Chicken Farm with my own hands. This project is very important to me. I learned some valuable and useful lessons during this time. Paterson-Entertainment continues to support the project and assumes the running costs for maintenance, feed, manpower, etc.”
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