With your generous giving, the Feeding Families project has passed the $1,000 mark in donations! Thank you to all of our supporters.
In June, we announced the trip of a volunteer specialist, funded by the Partners Farmer to Farmer Program, to train rabbit producers in some of the target communities of the Feeding Families Project, with focuses on small animals, vegetables plots and nurseries. In the following quote from her recent trip, veterinarian and small animal specialist Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak highlights the on-the-ground impacts of rising food costs in the rural communities:
“The increase in the cost of food has made is very difficult for everyone. Many areas are receiving food aid, but it is just a scratch on the surface. It is having an impact on our microcredit program, so we are also providing an alternative which is repayment [with] 6 female rabbits (offspring). This of course will take some time to give us a return, but will in the long run supply us with more breeding stock which we sorely need. Always a challenge. We are also looking at setting up meat processing facilities as we will need them soon enough in some areas.”
This statement points to the great need for a project like “Feeding Families”, which goes beyond food handouts to train promising community participants in food and animal production. Over the months our field staff and volunteers have been identifying the producers who have shown the most success in production and responsiveness to trainings. Your donations will provide the “breeding stock which we sorely need” in addition to other inputs such as seeds, trees, and further training. Stay tuned for future project updates!