I had the opportunity to visit some of our projects this summer to see how things are shaking up. It was so neat to be back in Zimbabwe, participating in trainings with guardians and adolescents and watching them as they learn even more on how to care for their goats. We conducted both written and practical trainings and they were great! Vaccinations were done, as well.
After trainings, we all - trainees of all ages and the trainors and I, would sit down to the meal of the day: goat, sadza, some sort of green and hot tea. For the beneficiaries, this was the only meal of the day and probably the only one with meat for a long time. You see, they aren't allowed to eat their goats yet, as they must wait three years before they can kill, barter, sell or eat one of their animals. This is to ensure that their flocks grow big and strong. And, the concept is working because we saw so many baby goats! It was thrilling to see herds growing and to see how healthy the animals are. All in all, the families are expecting this to be a hugely successful venture for them and some are already planning to re-gift some goats to other needy families. Very exciting stuff!
Friends, know that this project is working. It really, really is working.
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