Project FranGO

A Friends of Mozambique Development Initiative

How it Works

Why This Project?

Project FranGO provides an opportunity to assist Mozambique, a country with some of the worst poverty levels in the world, to improve lives and build a self-sustaining industry. Project FranGO will create a training center for young Mozambique families to learn the art of managing a chicken farm so that they can create their own livelihood. During their training period these families will be steeped in family health education. The program addresses multiple factors that will lead to improved health and well being.

The platform for Project FranGO is based on Dr. Ron Siemens‘ experiences garnered over ten years of working in rural Mozambique. While working as an Emergency Pediatrician within the Saskatoon Health Region, Dr. Siemens had the opportunity to participate in the University of Saskatchewan’s Training for Health Renewal project in Massinga. This provided an opportunity to better understand the context of rural Mozambique and build strong relationships while serving as a preceptor for medical and health science students.

The experience also brought him face to face with the staggering death toll among pregnant women. After much work, in 2015, International Development Research Centre provided a 5-year grant to launch the Alert Community PREPARED Hospital Project (ACHP) in Natikiri, Mozambique. This project is focused on building a strong system wide approach to improving knowledge, access and care for women and children in the community thus saving lives.

While implementing ACHP, the project team, comprised of members from the local community, university faculty members in both countries and the local Provincial healthcare community, mobilized together and designed Project FranGO. It will address the number one root case of poverty, income generation. Project FranGO will provide the “tools” to create a sustainable economy.

We are seeking donations from interested individuals and businesses in Canada to deliver this project. We invite you to join us in changing lives and building a stronger world. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged at the project site.

How Will It Work?

The building and operation of the training farm and provision of starter chickens will be supplied by Novos Horizontes, (, a respected and highly-skilled Mozambican company established in 2005. They currently employ 620 workers in feed supply, egg production, chick raising, meat processing and marketing.

The Community of Natikiri will manage the farm, select training candidates, and provide project oversight.

Universidade Lurio ( will design a course based on family planning, nutrition and maternal health, and will provide research expertise.

Where Will Your Money Go?

Your contribution will be directed to infrastructure development, university costs associated with teaching, research and curriculum development, and Canada Gives administration costs.

  • 2000 bird crates
  • 500 fences
  • 40 weeks Education and Research
  • 4 chicken housing units
  • 2 water and electricity connections
  • 1 storage unit
  • 1 farm vehicle
  • 1 year Canada Gives administration

A portion of farm profits will be re-invested in the community’s health transport system.

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