Written on the side of the house belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Nocolas Amazan are the words, “God is leading my house.” This family continues to rely on God for their strength and hope, but the gift of a goat helped them meet some important physical needs.
Your gift of a goat is impacting lives just like this family.
The Amazan family lives in a tiny village in southern Haiti called Morency. They have three daughters—Francise, Nehemie and Rose. In 2006, Francise, who is the oldest daughter, received a goat from World Concern. The following year Nehemie also received a goat. In addition to the gift of a goat, the girls were given training on how to manage and care for their goat.
In rural Haiti a goat is an important source of income. Baby goats can be easily sold in local markets. By giving girls a goat and training, they have the opportunity to earn an income which can be used to pay for school and potentially much more, as you will see in the Amazan family.
“The goat program is a blessing coming directly from God,” said Mr. Amazan. “The goats were the most important revenue for my family.”
Mr. Amazan shared that once his daughter’s goats gave offspring, some were sold to pay for Francise and Nehemie’s high school education in Les Cayes, a city nearby, where they are currently studying.
Sometimes the income earned from a goat can also encourage other economic opportunities within the family. The Amazan family decided to use some of the income they earned from selling the offspring to build a stove so they could bake bread and sell it to the community. The stove is still functioning and providing the Amazan family with yet another source of income.
The gift of a goat and training can equip a girl with the resources and knowledge needed to succeed educationally and personally. And in some families, like the Amazans, the impact often goes beyond the girl herself and also helps her whole family.
Thank you for making a difference in the life of a girl—and her family—with the gift of a goat!
For Rosemena, the gift of a single goat 11 years ago enabled her to pursue her dream of becoming a medical technician. In 2003, Rosemena–now a confident 29-year-old woman—received a goat and training from World Concern while attending the community school in her home village of Morency, a tiny, poor community along the southern coast of Haiti.
Equipped not only with a goat, but more importantly, the knowledge of how to care for and manage the goat, Rosemena was given the opportunity to earn an income to help her pay for school. In rural Haiti, goats and other animals are valuable assets and often represent the primary source of income for families.
Since 2003 Rosemena’s goat has given her a total of 21 kid goats, sometimes as many as three at a time! During high school she sold some of the offspring to pay for school fees, books, and clothes. Following high school she wanted to attend college to become a medical technician. This meant moving to the largest town in her region—a bold move for a young woman.
To support her higher education she sold many of her goat’s offspring that she had taken care of over the years. Rosemena is now in her last year of study and will graduate with her degree this year. What an amazing accomplishment!
“I attribute all of this to the goat program,” she said.
Rosemena’s dream of becoming a medical technician was made possible by the generous gift of one goat. This important work continues today. With your help we’re providing girls in Haiti like Rosemena with a goat and training to keep them in school and equip them to live healthy and productive lives. Thank you for your support!
Following the mid-year break, students are returning to school this week in Haiti. One student is a young girl named Youslie who has a bright future thanks to your generosity.
Youslie is a 7 year old girl who lives in the village of Guilgeau in Haiti. She is in the second grade and enjoys school. “In school I like to read stories,” says Youslie.
The majority of people in Guilgeau are small scale farmers who have little to no other economic opportunities. This means families like Youslie’s are often forced to keep their children at home because they cannot afford the costs associated with school—fees, uniforms and supplies.
To help keep Youslie in school, World Concern, with your help, provided her with a goat and husbandry training. She is now comfortable taking care of the goat and is looking forward to when her goat will have kids. “I feed the goat twice a day things like corn and corn husk,” said Youslie. “After the goat has babies I will drink the milk. I haven’t tried it yet, but I would like to.”
When her goat has kids, Youslie will sell them to help pay school fees and other basic necessities. World Concern is also supporting Youslie by providing vaccinations for her goat so it remains healthy and continues to produce kids.
“With the money I make from selling the babies I can buy the books and clothes I need for school,” she shared.
With your help, Youslie is able to attend school. An education is a priceless gift to a girl. It can give her new opportunities and often has a lasting impact on her family and community too.
Together we can ensure that Youslie, and other girls in Haiti, are given a chance to go to school and improve their lives. Thank you for playing an important role in impacting girls' lives in Haiti.
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