Food and Self-Reliance for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Jan 31, 2012

How Three Goats Changed a Life

Cuthbert and Family
Cuthbert and Family

This report came directly from Zimbabwe:

"Cuthbert Moyo is an unemployed boy from Mawane village in Ntepe. He lives with his sickly mother (Ziga Dube, 52 years old) and three siblings: Thubelihle (7 years - grade 2), Ndodana (3 years), and Khulekani (13 years and in form 1).The father died in 2003 after a long illness, and since then, the family has had a lot of challenges ranging from hunger to sickness. During the father’s sickness, the few livestock they had were wiped out by medical expenses.

The family received three female goats in 2011.Two goats have given birth. One goat gave birth to a female kid while the other gave birth to twins: one male and one female. The family is milking the goats. The milk is used by all family members in tea and as a drink. Each goat is producing an average of 650mls of milk per day. The family is also using manure from the goat kraals in their vegetable plots and this has seen a marked improvement in the quality and quantity of their vegetable produce. Before the introduction of the goat project Thubelihle and Ndodana had struggled to get adequate food and signs of malnutrition were very visible. With the milk from goats and vegetables from their plots, malnutrition is a thing of the past and their skin is very healthy.

Ziga (mom) looks forward to selling a goat in the future when the project matures so that she can pay fees for the children."

It is so encouraging to receive these reports from the field!  Yes, the projects are working and kids are getting healthier each day.  Stay tuned for more reports.


~ Tanya

Cuthbert, siblings and goats
Cuthbert, siblings and goats
One of the goats AFCA donated
One of the goats AFCA donated



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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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