Thanks to support from CAFOD, Rubina and her family have received a nanny goat, goat feed, and training on how to care for their goat. With baby goats on the way, Rubina should have plenty of goats to keep or sell as she chooses. In addition, she can sell any excess milk at the local market to help provide a steady income.
Goats are the perfect livestock for many families living in rural areas. They are relatively easy to look after and can provide up to 12 pints of nutritious milk a week. As Rubina has discovered, they also breed quickly. As well as her goats, Rubina is expecting to be granted access to some nearby land to grow vegetables on.
Personalise and buy Our goat gift provides one farming family in Burundi with a goat. A lack of quality soil has made it difficult for families in Burundi to grow crops, but a goat produces high-quality manure, which can help a family to improve their crops and bring food security to their community.
For example, World Vision promises "to honor your generosity and use your donation in the most effective way possible." In other words, while the catalog may offer the option of donating a goat or several ducks, "donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within that category or to address a similar need," World Vision says.
Similarly, when Heifer International, which brings sustainable agriculture and commerce to needy communities, was started by an Indiana farmer 70 years ago, he got fellow farmers to donate heifers, and then got the animals shipped to eastern Europe and elsewhere. Pierre Ferrari, the chief executive, says it's possible to trace the genes of heifers now living in Poland and Germany back to those original donations. Over time that practice became unwieldy, and now Heifer makes clear that "donations" of goats and other livestock are symbolic.
Before you check out of crowdfunding or charity gift catalogs, though, consider this: these fundraising vehicles are remarkably effective. Your gift may not follow the straight line you imagine, or reach a charity untouched, but it may well be money that the organization would not receive otherwise.
Crowdrise is currently running a holiday challenge, in which a group of donors have pooled gifts totaling $200,000 for Crowdrise to allocate to the charities that raise the most money between Nov. 18 and Jan. 9. A charity's supporters then go out to their friends and ask for donations, competing for the challenge prizes. So far, the holiday challenge has raised over $668,000 for charities, more than five times the amount raised at this point in the 2012 holiday challenge, Wolfe said.
"It's true that if you buy a goat, I can't guarantee that your $120 will go to somebody in Malawi. But I can guarantee that a goat will be placed," he said. The catalog also offers concrete explanations of how charity works, drawing in even young children, he said.
"We are able to leverage our money with government sources, or the World Bank, or local governments, or communities, sometimes four to one," he said. And because Heifer requires gift recipients to pass on their good fortune, giving a baby goat or baby chicks to neighbors, the effect of every donated animal is multiplied.
What you give may not be exactly what your charity gets, but you're still giving plenty. And if you don't see a novel giving opportunity that excites you, just wait five minutes: New ones are always in the works.
A dairy goat provides milk which is a valuable source of protein for happy and healthy children, along with a constant supply of soil-boosting manure to nourish their land and grow more abundant crops. As goats have kids, not only do families have a healthy diet and soil, but also more goats to sell or pass on to others in need.
A single goat can provide both soil-boosting manure and litres of nourishing milk. On top of that, when they breed, their kids can be sold to neighbouring families so they can benefit too. You can't bleat that!
Mary Abagi used her payout from a merry-go-round savings club to buy a goat. People in her village have turned to the clubs as a way to save after a charity began providing them with small monthly cash payments. Nichole Sobecki for NPR hide caption
An American charity called GiveDirectly is giving every adult in the village $22 every month for the next 12 years. Abagi's first thought: "I will save the money to buy a goat." And to do that, Abagi has turned to a special kind of savings club the villagers call a "merry-go-round."
But it turns out the people in this village have a lot of faith in one another. Caroline Teti, a staffer with GiveDirectly, says that every month since the charity started the payouts, she has been hearing about a new merry-go-round group that has started up.
The only difference with the clubs popping up in Abagi's village are the amounts involved. Now Abagi suddenly has $100 in her hand. She says she'll use about $70 to buy a goat. She wants to name the goat "GiveDirectly" in honor of the charity that made it possible. And she is hoping this purchase leads to even bigger things.
Indigenous African goats are not dairy animals and are rarely milked in Africa. They produce about a cupful of milk per day. Irish dairy goats produce as much as 5 times as their local counterparts which is why we send them.
Giving the gift of an Irish dairy goat to a family in Rwanda or Tanzania would change the lives of a struggling family forever. An Irish dairy goat will produce up to five times as much milk as a local cow. This is enough to enable the family to enjoy milk in their diet and raise money from the sale of extra milk and cheese.
Families who receive Irish dairy goats from Bóthar would often not have enough land to support a larger animal, so your gift of a dairy goat will go to the poorest of the poor. Irish dairy goats are very well suited to our East African project countries; they also thrive in our projects in Eastern Europe. Irish dairy goats are friendly and easy to manage. They will kid each year, and because they often produce twins, a farmer can quickly start to build up a small herd. Giving a gift of an Irish dairy goat to a family in Rwanda or Tanzania would change the lives of a struggling family forever.
Plan Canada works with communities over many years to make sure a livestock program involving goats will actually provide a benefit. This includes training for local residents on how to care for the goats and building pens (more on that later).
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Diadagdou and his family in West Africa received three LWR goats thanks to generous people like you. They quickly bred a healthy herd of 18 goats. For the first time, they did not have to beg for food after a drought caused their crops to fail. They were able to sell several goats and buy enough food for the entire family. Help spread the love by donating a goat to help improve the life of another family.
These bright red vending machines work in reverse by giving people an opportunity to buy much-needed items for local and global charities. However, instead of buying the usual junk food that drops down to the bottom of the vending machine, people can insert money into these special vending machines and donate a goat for a needy family in Africa or even an acre of sweet potatoes for another family in Asia.
In one of the vending machines in the new initiative that is part of the annual "Light the World" campaign, users can pay for a goat or a chicken, among other items, that will be provided to the needy in some part of the world.
13. Do goats cost the same in each community?Short answer, no. The price we list in the Gift Guide is our best estimate for what a goat and training for one farmer would cost, but the price varies from country to country and year to year based on the local economy.
But it appears that the gifts can be short lived. A coalition of animal rights groups is asking the charity to end its programme after it was revealed a CAFOD representative in Lancaster, UK, wrote in an email last year to supporters that they needed to buy more goats because some recipients were eating them.
A really special part of my visit was to witness Beauty Begum, a member of the local Self-Help Group, being presented with a goat. It was a beautiful moment, being able to see the hope and joy on her face, and the way her community celebrated with her. 781b155fdc