Emergency fodder saving lives in 2016
As you know, this is the time of year when I am working with my team in Darfur on new projects, and this year there are more challenges than usual because of the devastating drought and a wave of people who have lost everything because of the continuing violence.
I am pleased to tell you that I have just signed off an emergency project to deliver supplementary fodder to 523 families in 11 villages in Darfur, to make sure that our Kids for Kids goats and donkeys survive this summer. From experience we know that if a family's animals look thin, the children are hungry too, but the reverse is also true - a healthy donkey means healthy children! Darfur families receive animal husbandry traning from us before they receive any animals, and they take good care of them, so if they are doing well, their animals are nice and plump too.
"The pilot project was a success last year" says our Programme Manager in Darfur, Dr Salim. (one of the few veterinary doctors in Darfur) "Those animals that received the extra fodder thrived despite difficult conditions and many goats had twin kids. We are very happy to extend this project this year to help 11 villages to keep their livestock healthy."
Please will you help us to keep helping families with goats and donkeys this year? A cup of goat's milk is the difference beween life and death for a little child in Darfur with no other source of protein, Without protein, children's bones, teeth and even braincells are damaged. Our Goat Loans provide 6 goats to a family, for immediate milk and the chance of an income for essentials. After 2 years the flock will have grown and the family will pass on 6 goats to another family. This is one of the best microfinance schemes in the world.
Please help us to help more families this year - you are saving lives in Darfur.
Patricia Parker MBE, CEO and Chairman of Trustees
$62 provides a little goat for milk - precious nutrition for children
$372 provides 6 goats for a familiy
$95 provides a little donkey to carry water and firewood for the family - the only transport
$30 provides a donkey plough so they can grow more food
$45 provides training on how to care for the animals
$73 provides emergency fodder - supplimentary feed to stop animals from starving
$600 provides a paravet - there is no other animal care
$535 provides veterinary drugs for a revolving fund
$245 provides a strong cross-bred donkey for a midwife / paravet / water cart / school bus
Thank you for your support.
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