Jan 14, 2021

Increasing the Production of Goat Cheese

We started the year by rehoming a small herd of our older ‘ladies’ with their babies to a new venue where we will be pushing the production of milk and its by-products (cheese in its many forms!).  Sarah, a good friend, has been watching our project with keen interest. She is a small-holder farmer who has a few good dairy cows whose milk and cheese she sells to a small market.  We have partnered to promote goat milk into the city of Bulawayo, via her established markets.  With her knowledge and well-established dairy, we are hoping to learn the intricacies of cheese-making. 

Here are Bruce, Trio and Goatrude settling into their new home.  We miss them!  However, it is interesting to see how the younger does are stepping up without the older does around.  When I go into the paddocks to check and chat to the herd it has always been the older does who will come up to me to see what I may have for them. If the younger girls come too close, one look or butt, from them and they scuttle away.  Now those younger girls are keen to come up to me and are delighted when they get the head scratch the older girls used to get!  This photo shows a few of the does that beneficiaries have returned to us after their three-year contracts expired.  Beauty, bottom right, came into us pregnant and produced Luke, a good-looking boy. It has been interesting to meet the characters that have been returned and watch how they have integrated with the rest of the herd.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Dec 8, 2020

Girls Blessed with Hygiene Kits

It was such a privilege to go out to the rural area to distribute reusable hygiene kits. I found it such a humbling experience to watch these girls listen to the instructions and to see their faces when they realized what exactly they were being shown. When it dawned on them the real difference that this would make to their lives there were big smiles all round. How incredibly blessed we all have been for this to never be an issue in our lives.  These girls will be able to go to school every day of the month now with no fear of embarrassment.  What struck me was how much care and effort was put into each pack: panties, a wash cloth and soap and re-sealable plastic bags. Thank you so much to Tanya Weaver and the AFCA team for continually blessing the children!

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Dec 2, 2020

Family's Life is Gradually Changing for the Better

Norma sends appreciation to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS and all its donors for giving me the chance to be a beneficiary of this livestock project.  My family was living a difficult life because of the lack of money, not being able to send my children to school, no food and frequent diseases.  As soon as I entered the project, I received 4 sheep, tools, seeds and a water filter.  I started working according to the standards of the training I received from the project manager. Now my crops are sown and weeded.  I produce corn, peanuts and cowpea.

Because of this training and the vegetables from my garden, I am able give tithing to the church, we eat healthy, my children receive schooling and we receive medical care.  We have seeds for the next few seasons.  My income has allowed me to rent land that I continue to cultivate.  I also bought a bike which helps us in our business.  The water we drink from the filter has decreased our illnesses.  In any case, I say thank you to the AFCA because my family's life is gradually changing for the better.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

 
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