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Aug 15, 2012

A dream comes true: a goat enterprise

Children with Elmer and one of the goats
Children with Elmer and one of the goats

The dream to have a goat-based enterprise came true for the Ramirez-Cano family in the community of El Pinal.

El Pinal is located in a pine forest area where local farmers had to change traditional sugar cane farming to corn, beans and coffee due to competition from industrial sugar cane production. The area is affected by chronic malnutrition and receives Save the Children food security support, including goat raising to increase children´s milk consumption.

Don Elmer and Doña Natalia took this activity at a higher level acquiring five goats and they now produce goat cheese in addition to providing a daily glass of goat milk to neighboring 10 children under 5 years old. Elmer and Natalia added a lot of personal effort to the training received and now generate a steady daily household income of $6 a day in addition to occasional sale of goat kids; three were recently sold at around $50 each. Given that about half of the population of Guatemala live in poverty on less than $2 a day, the goats have been quite a boon.

Household fertilizer expenses and exposure to chemical pesticides were also reduced as they now successfully use goat droppings and urine. They report a 10% increase in corn production since using these goat by-products as manure and pest repellent. 

Elmer and Nathalia´s family has become a model for their community and many approach them to learn their goat raising and farming practices. Their future now looks more promising and the genetic quality of their goats is improving thanks to crossing with selected goats promoted by the Save the Children.

In Elmer´s own words ‘I am very grateful for the support and opportunity received, it has changed my family’s life and I am happy when I see the smile of children when they drink their glass of goat milk every morning’.


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Aug 15, 2012

CRISIS IN EAST AFRICA: One Year Report

Chronic poverty and malnutrition, conflict, weak health systems, high food prices, poor vaccination coverage, a lack of access to clean water and a changing climate all culminated in a deadly food crisis in 2011. Despite early warnings, livestock perished and thousands of families were pushed closer and closer to the brink of disaster.

It was to become the worst drought in East Africa in 60 years, affecting over 13 million people and killing tens of thousands. In response, Save the Children launched the largest emergency response in our 90-year history. We were already on the ground when the first warning signs were seen. We rapidly scaled up our life-saving programs, delivering health, nutrition, water, crucial life-saving support, protection and education to children and their families.

Thanks to our donors

We are very grateful to all our donors and supporters for their contribution to our work. Thanks to you we have reached over 3.4 million people to date with life-saving and life-sustaining aid.

You’re helping us feed thousands of families, providing many more with clean water and health care across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. You are also giving children a future by helping us to provide them with a quality education – many for the first time in their lives. Families are being supported to find sustainable solutions to drought in their communities. But they are not out of danger yet, and many remain on the brink of crisis.

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Jul 30, 2012

Whatever She Does, It Will Be Big

Jazmine loves to learn!
Jazmine loves to learn!

Four-year-old Jazmine, of Queets, Washington’s Quinault Indian Reservation, is a lively little chatterbox and without a doubt the most charismatic kid in her preschool class. She takes the lead in games and activities, raises her hand first when her teacher asks a question and sits front and center during read-aloud sessions with Save the Children’s program coordinator, Tracie Kenney.


Save the Children's U.S. programs reached 185,000 children in 17 states and the District of Columbia in 2011.Jazmine’s enthusiasm has been part of her steady transformation— from a tentative to a tenacious learner—made possible by Save the Children’s early education programs in the United States. All told, we served 5,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers and 15,000 parents, and will bring this much-needed program to another 1,000 children in the next year.


Of course, success begins in the home where families are at the frontline of education. Jazmine’s mother, Yvonne, actively sought out Save the Children’s program for her daughter, and family involvement is integral to children’s progress. Thanks to your generous support, Jazmine and thousands of other children in the United States have developed the necessary skills to succeed in school. “Jazmine is so chatty and social; as I’m sure you’ve noticed,” said her mother, Yvonne. “Whatever she does, it will be big.”


“One day I came across a list of books your child should read by a certain age,” said Jazmine’s mother, Yvonne (pictured with Jazmine). “I recognized most of the books because I read them to Jazmine. It made me so happy that my child was where she needed to be in her development.”

 

Parents Josh and Yvonne lack the means to drive 30 miles to the library. They depend on our program for their children’s books.

The Olympic rainforest surrounding Jazmine’s hometown of Queets, Washington, is in stark contrast with local families’ struggles to make ends meet.

 

Jazmine’s brothers, Adam, 2 (at left), and 5-month-old Hunter, are also enrolled in the early education program and showing progress. Tracie gives most of the credit to Jazmine’s mother. “I can tell that she takes everything I share with her to heart and puts it into practice,” said Tracie.

 

Save the Children’s Tracie Kenny is a central figure in Jazmine’s life, paying visits to her home since she was 2 years old and now working with Jazmine and other Quinault Indian Nation children through home visits and a Save the Children partnership at the local Head Start program.

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