This project helps poor girls in Haiti earn an education. Many families in rural areas can't afford to send their children to school because of a lack of money and resources. The project empowers young girls to pay for school by providing them with a goat and training to care for their goat. With her goat and newfound knowledge, she can raise her goat and then sell the offspring to pay school fees. Together we can ensure that girls in rural Haiti can stay in school and have a brighter future.
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) latest statistics, only 52% of girls in Haiti attend primary school. This number drops to 21% in secondary school. The majority of people in rural Haiti are poor farmers, who have little or no job opportunities available to them. Struggling families are not able to pay for their girls to attend school. This leaves girls in rural areas particularly vulnerable, trapping them in a life of poverty.
In partnership with schools and churches, 40 girls in southern Haiti will receive a goat and husbandry training. The trainings focus on how to feed and water the goat, and how to keep the goat healthy. The project also provides vaccinations. Once a girl's goat produces offspring the first goat is given back to the project so that another child can benefit. Then all other offspring may be sold to pay for school fees, books, and uniforms, enabling her to stay in school and changing her future.
With an education, Haitian girls are put on a path towards living healthy and productive lives. This is an investment in a young girl, but it also has a lasting impact on her family and community. In addition to helping girls attend school, the husbandry training provided by the project gives girls an additional skill they can use for years to come. Education is one tool that can break the cycle of poverty and change the course of a girl's future forever.