Apr 26, 2021

Some heartwarming feedback

Before the resurgence of COVID in India, we were able to deliver some bags of corn that the widows we had given goats to needed for fodder, since a long dry spell had made grazing difficult.   We used the corn distribution as an occasion to visit with these women and see how their goats were coming along. 

Two of the goats took had been sick, but the veterinarian was able to cure them. The women shared tips with each other on how to keep the goats healthy during the warmer weather.  They were very happy to receive the corn, which they knew would make a big difference.

Four of the women had purchased another goat for breeding.  Our whole team was thrilled by this unexpected turn of events, which will certainly multiply the women’s earnings.

The corn distribution marks the end of our Cyclone Nivar recovery efforts, though we will be checking back with the women over the next year to evaluate the success of this project.

Thank you, one last time, for being there when these women needed you!

Apr 11, 2021

You helped keep his dream alive

Meet John, one of the farmers your donations helped to produce his own fertilizer from worms.

John’s five-acre farm in Magilambadi, Tamil Nadu, has been in his family for generations.  But his father always had to work as a teacher to supplement the farm income.

After his father’s death, John gave up his career in Mechanical Engineering to devote himself to turning the farm into a self-supporting enterprise.   Because of his passionate commitment to sustainable organic farming, customers would drive hours to buy his vegetables.

Like farmers throughout the region, John was hit hard by India’s lockdown last March, which dried up his markets.  Because he banks his own seeds, he was ready for the next planting, but he still needed to buy fertilizer, whose price has soared during the pandemic.  With the training, supplies, and equipment VOICE Trust provided, he was quickly able to create a rich vermicompost that produced an even healthier and more plentiful crop than the previous season.  

Every farmer’s situation is different, and each requires a unique solution.  A donation to support continuing COVID Recovery for Tamil Farmers will allow them to buy whatever they need most to make their farm thrive.

Mar 22, 2021

More goats given, more health & happiness

Thanks to your generosity, we have completed the purchase and distribution of more goats to help stricken women recover from Nivar Cyclone's aftermath.

Selvi from Keelatheru, Athudurai,
 told us this about the difference the goat she received would make in her life:  "I am 54 years old.  My husband is paralyzed and bedridden. I am going for daily wage job.  This goat will be of much help to me. I did not receive any supports from the Government for my husband. But, I will rear the goat well and I have a confidence to get Rs. 15000 per year as an income and it will be helpful for me to run the family and buy medicines for my husband. My daughter wants to join a tailoring course and now I can pay fees for that.  Myself and my family are thankful for this help."

 

And we are grateful to you for making this happen! You can see how each goat we give creates a ripple effect that transforms many lives.
 
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