Food and Self-Reliance for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Dec 29, 2011

Goats and ATMIT - A life-saving combination

Nomquele with her goats in the background
Nomquele with her goats in the background

Nomqhele comes from Payi in Ntepe area. She is a form three student who is looking after her grandmother (Cristina Nyathi, 78years old). Nomqhele’s father died in 1995 when Nomqhele was still being breastfed by her mother, who has since passed away, as well.

This small family received three goats from AFCA in late 2010. Since then, two goats have given birth and the family has seen an addition of four kids to their flock! The goat milk is used in their tea and to drink with dinner, which has improved their health and has filled their bellies.  Manure is used in their vegetable plots, allowing Nomquele and her grandmother to eat better meals, complete with vegetables they grow themselves.  Some of these veggies include tomatoes, pumpkins, peanuts, beans, peas, onions, and kale.

Besides their improved health, Nomqhele says her status in the community has improved as she is now regarded as the livestock owner by other members of the community.  This is MASSIVE in a culture dominated by men and Nomqhele's future looks promising as she continues her training in husbandry (also part of what AFCA does) and basic veterinary skills. 

Since Nomquele and her grandmother are not allowed to slaughter the goats until three years since their gift has passed, we supplement their diet by providing ATMIT - an oat based porridge.  Together with ATMIT, the milk and the vegetables, Nomquele is doing well.  Thank you for your part in this.  Thank you for caring for children like Nomquele and for giving her a better life now and a chance of a future.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones,





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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
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Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States

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