Resilience during COVID-19

This story is one in a series from Frances Chisholm highlighting stories of lives impacted by World Poultry Foundation programs and workshops both in the U.S. and abroad. We encourage you to learn more about Ms. Chisholm and our poultry projects in South Africa.


Sethabile “Seh” DlaminiCatching up with World Poultry Foundation intern Sethabile “Seh” Dlamini in Arizona, Seh reports her workplace is an essential business and “we are carrying on” during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The young South African praises Rose Acre Farms management for providing abundant hand sanitizers and strictly enforcing social distancing among staff, “our breaks are now staggered, and lunchroom seating is widely spaced.”

The pleasure of volleyball practice at her church has come to a stop for now, unfortunately, for Seh.  Currently she spends her free time watching movies at home and surfing the internet for tempting new recipes.  “But it’s become harder to find all the ingredients I need,” she says about her jaunts to the supermarket.

Seh tells her worried family in South Africa that she feels safer in the US than at home, where she is concerned that adherence to the current lockdown might not be as strict as in the US.   She’s also worried that the cost of living in South Africa will spike due to the recent precipitous fall in the value of the Rand.  “Things will be very expensive when I get home.”

But the work side of life is all sunshine.  “I’ve been promoted to house manager, overseeing nearly 200,000 birds.  I’m very, very lucky with my team, everyone works hard in this house.”

We’re guessing this has something to do with your good management, Seh.  Keep up the good work and stay safe!

The South African interns participate on a J-1 visa exchange visitor program sponsored by the WISE Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Dyersburg, Tennessee.




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