Outreach | Navajo Chicken Coop Pilot Project
The Outreach Team is developing a pilot project to create a plan for constructing and building chicken coops in the Navajo Nation reservation. Volunteer workers will travel to Shiprock, New Mexico, to begin constructing chicken coops October 15-19. This pilot project will build 2 to 4 chicken coops from a design by Jack Krueger. Materials cost for each chicken coop will be approximately $1,000. The number of coops to be built will be determined by the number of volunteers who sign up and the amount of money raised. Sign-up sheets are available in the lobby and donation opportunities will be announced later. This project could pave the way for future Navajo service opportunities.
Additionally, the Tse Daa Kaan chapter near Shiprock, NM, has invited us to attend the dedication of a large meeting room and ceremonial Hogan they have built on the chapter grounds. This dedication will happen on Friday, October 19 in the afternoon with a ceremony and traditional Navajo meal to follow. Anyone interested in seeing the finished chicken coops at the homes where they will be placed could tour the homes of the chicken coops and attend the Hogan dedication ceremony, complete with a medicine man. There will be a separate sign-up sheet for those who can’t volunteer to work but who would like to visit our Navajo friends and see the chicken coops. An information meeting will be held at the church at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2. Contact John Shaw.