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Feb 20, 2015

Sisters Transform Their Homes with a Goat

The Perez sisters with their children
The Perez sisters with their children

Margarita and Juana are sisters, they share their joys, sadness, hopes, and dreams. They learn from each other’s experiences.

Three years ago, Adolfo, Margarita’s son, was weighed and included in the list of underweight boys and girls in the Xevitz community, located in the municipality of Nebaj in the Department of Quiché. Margarita was concerned and she registered him in Save the Children’s project Improving Food Security and Health for Families in Coffee-Growing Areas in Guatemala, which taught her about integral goat management.

After 3 months, Margarita started to see the results of owning and taking care of a goat in her home, since the weight of her child started to increase as a result of the glass of goat milk that she gave him every day.

However, this was not the only benefit; other benefits from the goat also included improvements in the household budget. As she says, by using organic fertilizer and goat urine, they do not have to buy chemical fertilizer, and this has resulted in household savings. “Now my land is stronger and this year, my corn is greener than it was last year.”

At present, Margarita López Pérez, her husband Tomás García Simón, and their son, Juan Adolfo García, are happier, since they have improved their quality of life. Margarita shared the information on the benefits that the goat had brought to her home with her sister, Juana, who sought the support of the project to establish a goat module in her home.

With support from Global Giving throughout the Buy a Goat for a Family in Guatemala (7097) project, Juana and other families in the region implemented goat modules in the community. As a result of this, Juana started to give goat milk to her grandson, Edgar Roberto Matom Hermoso, who is 4 years old and was also underweight, according to the weight and height monitoring performed in the community.

“I was very happy to learn that my sister had realized how really helpful it is to have a goat, since we do not have a monthly salary to buy milk for our children, and feeding and keeping a goat in ideal conditions helps us in many ways. I hope that she can help her grandson, who really needs it”, Margarita says.

The sisters’ experience was positive, and Margarita’s older son, Felipe Rolando López García, 22 years old, requested support to install a module in his home. He, along with Marta Rivera Marcos, his wife, told us about the benefits of the goat and how they wanted their baby, Tomás Emilio, to grow up healthy.

Thus, they asked for support to start their goat module in their home. “I feel very good and I am very happy, since my family, my sister’s family, as well as my son’s family are experiencing the benefit of owning a goat, which are not limited to providing milk, but also include other benefits obtained from it. I hope that other families in my community realize what we are doing and that they can do the same thing”, said Doña Margarita López Pérez.

Thanks to you for contribute in improving children's nutrition in Guatemala!

Dec 29, 2014

Thank You from Save the Children in Bolivia

Thank You from Bolivia
Thank You from Bolivia

Thanks to your generous support, children in Bolivia are being reached with lifesaving assistance and support. And school girls Fernanda, Gaby, Jhoselin and Gladys wanted to say "Thank You" to Save the Children Donors who support their school and health programs in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Last year, Save the Children reached nearly 80,000 children in Bolivia last year, keeping them safe from harm, providing the opportunity to learn and a healthy start in life. 

Our work in Bolivia will carry on in 2015. Save the Children's programs bring hope to children and families in the departments of La Paz and Oruro on the Altiplano, and our newer adolescent programs extend to every department of Bolivia. Save the Children helps girls and boys and their families with food security, newborn care, school health and nutrition, primary education, healthy adolescent development, and emergency relief.

Thank you again for your contribution. 

Happy New Year!

P.S. Please consider supporting Save the Children's global mission in your year-end giving plans. 

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Dec 29, 2014

Counting Until the Cows Come Home

Negassa is a survivor
Negassa is a survivor

Thank you for your generous support of Save the Children's efforts in East Africa. Much progress has been made and we wanted to share a story of hope for the future. Here's Negass's story, a young boy in Ethiopia who survived the hunger crisis and is now thriving in our education program. 

One look at six-year-old Negassa Bekana and it's obvious that he is an active and curious learner. In the early childhood development classroom at the Save the Children supported Jemjem Community-based School in Jemjem, Ethiopia, Negassa chats away with his classmates and gets to work on solving colorful hand-painted wooden puzzles featuring common household animals like roosters, hens and baby chicks.

Negassa's mom, Abeblech, agrees saying, "Negassa is an extrovert and is very inquisitive. He asks his older brothers many, many questions, often causing them to laugh as they try to answer him." Like many young boys his age, Negassa is incredibly energetic. He also is quite a character, with a quick grin and opinions of his own. His mother says that "he loves playing with neighborhood children and often tells them that they should play like him."

When asked about his favorite school activities, Negassa says "I like school. And my favorite thing to do [at school] is counting." And Negassa is a great counter. He quickly counts to 100 in Oromo, the local language he speaks at home and school.

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, is learning the alphabet with a chart provided by Save the Children's early childhood development program. Photo by Susan Warner

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, is learning the alphabet with a chart provided by Save the Children's early childhood development program. Photo by Susan Warner

This little boy can count until the cows come home, and at his house that number is three. But there's no shortage of things for Negassa to count around his family's home, including nine chickens, four goats, three cattle and two dogs.

Even for charismatic kids like Negassa, early childhood development program help children learn outside of the classroom and parents are encouraged to help their children practice basic skills and stay healthy at home.

Negassa's mom, Abeblech explains, "every Friday, Negassa reminds me that he needs to have his clothes washed before he goes back to school on Monday." And Negassa doesn't stop there, he also spreads the word to kids in the neighborhood, reminding them to arrive at school in clean clothes and having bathed.

Abeblech also received an alphabet chart from Save the Children that she regularly reviews with Negassa at home. "In the 10 months since he has been enrolled in the early childhood development program, Negassa now recognizes his letters," she says.

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, counts the cows and other farm animals as a way to help develop his basic math skills. Photo by Susan Warner

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, counts the cows and other farm animals as a way to help develop his basic math skills. Photo by Susan Warner

Parents like Abeblech, and others, are doing their part to help parents in the rural farming community of Jemjem, many who are illiterate or have received little education, ensure their children are learning. About six months ago, Abeblech was elected by her community to represent them on the School Management Committee, and has embraced her role in mobilizing local parents to send their children to school and take an active role in their education.

Not to be left out, Negassa is doing his part too. Although he usually walks the 30 minutes home from school, today the journey home is a special one as he rides in a Save the Children jeep, which bumps over fields and cattle paths to Negassa's home. His face can barely contain his smile as he experiences his very first ride in a car. Almost as soon as he arrives at his family's home, he is off like a gold-medal sprinter to tell his friends about his adventure home and to show them the jeep that is parked on the opposite side of the dry riverbed.

Negassa's news spreads quickly, and soon a crowd of curious children stands next to the jeep. Here's hoping that Negassa's love of learning is just as infectious as he grows up!

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