Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
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Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS
Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS
Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS

Just over a year ago, the American Foundation for Children with Aids partnered with us to supply goats to vulnerable homes. At the end of 2017 we were in a position to release our first goats into their new homes within our community.   To make it even more significant, 4 ladies representing AFCA came to assist with the delivery of the 15 goats.

Tara Fisher spent 6 months with us in 2016 through to 2017.  She helped us set up the herd and records.  It was a very busy time and nothing ever went accordingto plan!  She learned the crazy ways of Africa and missed us all so much that she came back for the first goat hand-outs!  She brought with her, Tammy, Kaitlyn and Rebecca to assist.  Tammy blessed us with her knowledge of goats and was able to help and advise in so many areas – including lancing an abscess on the udder of one of our does, and she operated under a tree with minimum First World medical tools.  The doe has fully recovered!

We delivered the first goats to Edelow, a widow who has several children.  She was ecstatic to receive Daisy, Hope and Speck.  Within days Daisy surprised her a girl kid.  The next delivery was to Deliwe, who lives with her mother and several grandchildren. She received KitKat, Nutmeg and Fern.

Next in line was Media, a deserted wife who has 6 sons who she has almost single-handedly managed to get through school.  She has also been supporting Gracious, her granddaughter who was ‘sent’ to her to be looked after.  Media and Gracious received Cali, Carlos and Moo.  Cali presented the family with twins not long after settling in!

Then came Joyce, although she is known as Sister in the community.  In Sister’s household she has her son and his wife and several grandchildren.  Sister is also a widow.  Her son has planted cotton bushes, apple trees and several unusual varieties of trees in their homestead garden.  Sister’s small vegetable garden is also very productive and she plants a variety of vegetables.  The goats Sister received were Penn, Brittany and Zoey.  We heard that Zoey gave birth to a healthy baby girl last week!

Our last delivery was to Gladys who lives in a very poor household.  She is a much younger wife to an older gentleman.  They have 4 children who should be attending school but due to lack of finances only one of them is able to attend.  The family received Blythe, Augassi and Mary, who thinks what is outside the pen is tastier than what is inside. Augassi has delivered a girl kid since arriving.

From a breeders point of view it was very hard to part with these lovely goats who we had watched improve so much since they first arrived.  We got to know their characters- who was friendly and who needed a little more attention than others.  Delivering them and seeing the happiness and excitement on the recipients’ faces somehow eased the hurt of parting with them.  And now they are settled in their new homes it is so good to hear when they are having babies, especially when they are girls so the herd can grow.  Their new owners are jubilant to announce when their ‘girls’ give birth. 

From all of us in Zimbabwe to all of the donors of this project, we thank you for your generous hearts.  Your support is making a big difference in the lives of vulnerable families in our community.

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Jenny Caring for Her Goats at Home
Jenny Caring for Her Goats at Home

Jenny is 44 years and is a widow caring for eight children.  She is HIV+ and so is an 8 year old in her care.  Jenny and Sandy are both cared for safely by our partner, which made them eligible to receive 3 female goats through this project.

"Baylor and AFCA started supporting me in March 2017.  I had almost lost hope in everything.  They took me through an agronomic and animal production training that covered a whole week," Jenny told us.  At the same time, she benefited from a Village Savings and Loan Association training. This enables us easy monitoring of the households, and the caregivers are supported in groups for saving. These saving activities enable the households to buy vet services for the animals.

Jenny has since been blessed to have multiplication of her animals.  She is very excited because she received pregnant goats.  One goat gave birth to two kids in October; a male and a female, while the other goat gave birth to one female kid.  And the third goat is pregnant!  

From her group savings, Jenny she has been able to build a shelter for her animals.  She has also identified the next household to give three mature goats. She is taking good care of the animals so that they receive good quality animals like she did. Jenny now has hope to change her household situation by increasing the number of goats.

The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa.  As you start to make decisions regarding your end of year giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work into 2018 and beyond.  We wish you a new year full of many blessings and as much hope as you have shared with us.  If you would like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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Maggie is a caregiver of her two grandchildren.  Eli (age 13) and Liz (age 6) lost both of their parents to AIDS.  Grandma Maggie has lived a life full of challenges as she cared for her son and his wife and secondly, caring for their children hasn't been an easy task. 

Two years ago this sweet family received three goats.  They count these goats among their greatest blessings as they have given them three sets of twins!  This photo captured Maggie passing on the third set of twin kids to the next beneficiaries in our program.  This is a good day at AFCA, one which we also count among our blessings.

Maggie has been able to support Eli's education in one of the best secondary schools in the region.  She has been able to meet additional needs like medical care, school materials, food and medicine.  Maggie hopes the next visit we make to the area includes a visit to see Moses at school, to encourage him to read hard and become a doctor like the ones who have saved him.  We certainly look forward to meeting Eli and his family one day soon.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in the lives of these two children and many more in our program.  With our partners on the ground, the children and their families receive the support and monitoring they need to make this a very successful project.  We are changing lives day after day.  Eli and Liz feel your love, and do we at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org

 

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Angie is 52 years old and is a housewife with 7 children.  She was living a very unhappy life without hope until our partner stepped in to help her family through this livestock program.  The family’s life was difficult and their income was limited.  They had a little access to food and the children were not able to attend school, until they were given a chance ..

Angie’s family was given just one piglet.  It grew and reproduced as the family was given instruction to care for their pigs.  The multiplier effect of pigs is great and Angie believes she will be able to give one to another household very soon so the project will continue to expand.  This is an important part of our program and we’re so proud of Angie’s family for meeting the requirements.  They also plan to sell some pigs so they will have money for food and other necessities.  Angie is thankful to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for this opportunity and hopes for continued contact and encouragement.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in Angie’s life, and many others in our program.  With our partners on the ground, the children and their families receive the support and monitoring they need to make this a very successful project.  We are changing lives day after day.  Angie and her children feel your love, and so do we at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

Do you have questions about this program or others?  Please contact Tanya Weaver, Executive Director, at tweaver@afcaids.org

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It's always exciting to open an email with an update from one of our partners.  Even better when it includes a photograph like this that includes two new baby goats!

Let me introduce you to Jill and her family.  There are ten people in Jill's home.  Jill tells us that the beginning of her life was not easy, the situation was difficult with a limited income and little access to food.  This project greatly changed her life when our partner chose to support her family in this project.  She was given three goats, and they have reproduced.  Jill and her family was taught how to grow their own food, yielding a big harvest from a potato garden.  They were able to consume some and sell the rest.

Jill and her family look forward to gifting the next household because the entire community needs to be transformed. They greatly appreciate the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for all that it has done to change their situation, now they can stand independently on their own.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in Jill's life, and many others in our program.  With our partners on the ground, the children and their families receive the support and monitoring they need to make this a very successful project.  We are changing lives day after day.  Jill and her family feel your love, and so do we at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

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