Goat Farming

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Plan International is one of six organizations working in partnership under HACI to address the challenges facing African children.We quote the following from their website:“The group’s chair Josephat Musau said: “We looked at various initiatives and goat farming offered the greatest potential to improve people’s lives. The community didn’t need to learn new skills or have new technologies to look after the animals, while the indigenous breeds are disease-resistant and provide milk for domestic consumption and meat and hide for income.

“Goats are also more likely to survive droughts than cows, which makes them more viable for orphans and their careers.

“Food relief is not sustainable. Instead we support the community’s development. Goats procreate every six months, and as there is always a ready market for them, families can sell the older goats and still be assured of future income through the kids.”

Plan Kenya Country Director Else Kragholm added: “This is a home-grown solution which has made a real improvement in people’s lives.”

The Kids for School Project, more affectionately referred to as Goats and Uniforms, provides female breeding goats and uniforms to orphans and vulnerable children throughout rural Kenya. Although primary education is free in Kenya, many orphaned children, generally raised by an elderly grandmother, never have the opportunity to attend school because they cannot afford a school uniform. In addition to a complete uniform, the child is also given a milking goat purchased from local Kenyan sources. The milking goat provides the orphan’s guardian family added nutrition, and the child is taught goat husbandry.  Through this provision, the child brings an asset to the guardian family rather than an added burden. The cycle continues when the first kid goat is passed on by community designated leaders to another orphan who is also given a uniform and a chance at an education. The goal is that each child has a small herd of goats by eighth grade. This herd then provides the income necessary for secondary education or the means to begin an adult life.

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