There are 165 girl and elderly-women headed households which have been selected in Zimbabwe to receive goats or rabbits to help them feed themselves. These 165 women (with girls as young as 13 raising their siblings) are taking care of 901 children! Amazing, really.
We are excited to think about the outcomes we expect from the distribution of animals, training, follow up, counseling, and help given to these women. Since this is a three year project, the outcomes expected are:
1. 75% of children will maintain or gain weight by the end of the second year of the project2. 85% of the children will return to school after three years on the program because they can afford school supplies and uniforms
3. 80% of the girls who head up the homes will return to school by the end of the second year of the project4. The visits to the doctor by 80% of the children will be reduced by 65% by the end of the third year due to goodnutrition derived from the project
Yes, exciting times for these girls!
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