Its name derives from the fusion of the words pollaio (henhouse) and pallet. “Pollet” is a henhouse made from wooden pallets, devised by Onlus Energia per i diritti umani (Energy for human rights). Their head office is in Rome, and they operate in Africa and Asia to improve living conditions through interventions on the ground and remote support to population. One of the association’s team is working on the creation of community vegetable gardens in Senegal and Gambia to ensure access to food and promote sustainable development. In many African villages, the population - especially children – is affected by malnutrition caused by insufficient animal proteins being consumed. By enabling families to breed and sell livestock, “Pollet” will contribute to the maintenance of the rural communities’ economy at the same time as improving their food. The henhouse is made from 11 EPAL pallets and a corrugated iron sheet. The sloping roof will allow the collection of rain water. This roofing sheet will be covered with palm leaves to protect the birds from the heat.
The raised structure makes cleaning its lower sections easy, prevents snake attacks and allows the collection of droppings, which can be used as fertiliser for the vegetable garden. Families will be given a henhouse with 15 chickens and a sack of food. In return, the beneficiaries will then give at least two chickens to schools. The first “Pollet” prototype has been built in Italy, then the Onlus will assemble others in Senegal, during the next volunteers’ trip, which is planned for spring 2018. The cheap and easily repairable materials make this an excellent alternative to a brickwork structure, which has higher building and maintenance costs. The project is self-financed through donations received in exchange for ricycled jars containing herbs cultivated in an eco-sustainable way.
The story has been written by Serena Berardi, writer.