Cornerstone laid!

The Cornerstone for Project Frango was laid today (Friday, February 19, 2021) and construction of the two chicken houses begins on Monday. A solar powered water pump and well are able to supply more than enough water for all the activities of the farm.

Thanks for all your support on this exciting project!

Putting in the concrete block cornerstones for the chicken houses.
Putting in the concrete block cornerstones for the chicken houses.

Mozambique webinar

Accessing maternal and child health services during the COVID-19 epidemic in Mozambique

Many women and children in Mozambique faced barriers to accessing health services even before the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic spreads, communities and health systems around the world have been trying to adapt to the new context while continuing to meet regular health needs. In this webinar, an IMCHA research team — led by the University of Lurio, Mozambique, in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and the Mozambican Ministry of Health — will present results from a rapid assessment on how COVID-19 has impacted access to and use of maternal and child health services in Nampula province, Mozambique.

Register here to join us on September 15, 2020 at 11:00 EDT – Ottawa.


Update to the site exploration: We struck WATER on the land and that is fantastic! We are putting in the borehole, getting the final legal done and now things will really take off.

Thanks again for all your support!

Major Milestone

Project Frango passed a major milestone with the final signing of the funding contract between our Mozambican partners, University Lurio, and the chicken raising company, Novos Horizontes and our Canadian management company, Canada Gives. We have reached our funding goal to support 8 families per year.

We have a parcel of land from the community and this week we will be drilling to ensure water is available. If so, then work will begin immediately on signing the rights to use the land, and then building the chicken raising homes and picking participant families.

We are able to do this during CoVid using appropriate physical distancing. The community of Natikiri is expectant and we are very excited to reach this point.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors for your support and confidence.

Stay safe and all the best.
Ron and Connie Siemens

Thank you to the U of S!

Congratulations to Dr. Siemens, Dr. Belo, and Dr. Carol Henry! They have been awarded a $29,000 dollar research grant from the University of Saskatchewan to support the work of Project Frango. We are now very pleased to announce that we have $235,000 in the bank or pledged. The team in Mozambique has begun the process of choosing a board of directors and securing title to the land. Thank you all.

Rwanda trip

In January, Dr. Ron Siemens travelled to Kigali, Rwanda to meet with all 18 other Innovating for Maternal Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) research projects funded by Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health and International Health Research Center.

Throughout the meetings it came up again and again how important family income was to overall health. All across sub-Saharan Africa, project teams are finding the need for strong infrastructure and community support.

It was great to see how Project Frango will be addressing such an important need and providing rich research data to help in possible scale up in other parts of Africa.

Project FranGo is a Go!

Thank you all so much for your donations. It has been a bit of a journey but a fascinating one.

We have reached the $210,000 mark and thus we can start building the infrastructure. We will start with building half the barns and finish the rest when we reach our goal of $450,000.

In January/February our Mozambican team will arrange the land titles and choose the people to sit on the management board. In March/April we will begin with water/electricity/barn building. We hope to have our first families start training by this September.

On the fundraising side, we have two applications for grants that have been sent in and if these are successful we will need only $100,000 more to reach our final target.

We would love to see you continue to help us with this project. We are almost there. You can find donation information at: