Hens for Haiti is a new mission initiative of the Lake Lotawana Community United Methodist Church. The church is partnering with the Mellier Methodist Church in Haiti, to help build a new agribusiness, a sustainable chicken farm.

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. As a result, hunger and malnutrition are two of Haiti’s largest ongoing problems. The eggs from this project will help relieve this problem for the families of Mellier. In addition, this project will provide several highly needed jobs for people in the community.

The congregation in Mellier, working with an agricultural specialist, has developed a comprehensive plan and budget for this new entrepreneurial endeavor. The Mellier church is donating the land for the project and the construction labor needed to build the hen laying facilities.

The Lake Lotawana church is trying to raise $50,000 to fund the construction and startup of this business. They have secured a commitment of a challenge donation of $25,000, and they must raise the other $25,000 to match that donation. They would like to extend the opportunity to invest in this life-giving mission to the whole community.

Monetary donations for Hens for Haiti will be collected at the annual Recycling Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9, at the church, 28901 N.E. Colbern Road, Lake Lotawana (Gate 1). Donations may also be mailed to the church. To learn more, visit www.llcumc.org/Hens-for-Haiti. All donations are tax deductible.