Education  Haiti Project #15175

Give a Girl a Goat, Keep Her in School

by World Concern Vetted since 2011 Site Visit Verified
Encise is succeeding in school because of you!
Encise is succeeding in school because of you!

I’ve got some wonderful news to share with you!

The goat project in Haiti you’ve help support is now fully funded! This means that 70 girls have received goats and are now able to stay in school and get an education. You’re such a blessing, so on behalf of each one, thank you!

Girls in Haiti are now living completely different, and much more hopeful lives thanks to your generosity.

Do you remember Manoucha? While there are still many challenges where she lives, Manoucha is still smiling gratefully for the new opportunity you’ve given her.

She dreamed of finishing school and becoming a nurse, but had faced so many health challenges that at times she felt absolutely discouraged about ever getting making it through, let alone escaping the poverty her family was in.  

So when World Concern used your gift to buy her a goat, it immediately gave Manoucha hope. And now thanks to you, she’s raising healthy goats (yes, goats!) and has a renewed spirit to achieve those dreams.

Fania is another young girl whose life you’ve transformed. She’ll be finishing the 6th grade soon, so that means the goat you were able to give her will now be full grown. It’s likely had kids and the extra income will be relieving the burden of poverty on her family.

“I know how to take care of the goat because I learned some things in the training.” Fania said proudly. Because of your gift, Fania was trained and now her goats are thriving!

Each year, a goat can give between six and nine kids so your gift has a multiplying effect for Manoucha and Fania–and their families. With a sustainable income, both girls can stay in school, get an education and have every chance to earn their way out of poverty.

And how could we forget Encise! Just like the other girls, Encise is well on the way to achieving her dreams–all thanks to you! She’ll be in high school soon and like Manoucha, wants to become a nurse.

I hope you know how valuable you are! In Haiti, a country that’s struggling in so many ways, your gifts of goats to girls bring hope, and are changing (and have totally changed) lives.

Your gift benefitted Angeline (left) and Naama!
Your gift benefitted Angeline (left) and Naama!

Your gift to help keep girls in school in Haiti is multiplying! Each time a girl receives a goat and her goat gets pregnant, she sell’s her goat’s first offspring, enabling her to earn money to help pay for school fees. After the first baby is sold, each girl passes the next goat to another student at her school so another child benefits from having a goat in the same way!

During the month of May, 13 children received kid goats through this project. Two of them, Nancy and Naama, received goats from girls in the program, so they can begin earning income for school fees too.

Sixteen-year-old Dahana was excited to pass a goat to her classmate Nancy. Dahana says that she her goat’s first offspring to help pay her tuition and now wants Nancy to have the same opportunity. Talk about paying it forward!

Thirteen-year-old Angeline comes from a family of 12 children, six boys and six girls. Without the income she’s received from her goat, she would not be able to attend school. But she was able to do even more than pay school fees. She proudly helps her mom with other family expenses, such as food and clothing, as well.

Angeline gave her goat’s second kid to Naama, another young girl at her school, so she could earn income too and continue to learn in school as well.

These girls are great examples of generosity – and so are you! Your gift helped make this possible. Thank you!

Dahana (left) shares the gift of a goat with Nancy
Dahana (left) shares the gift of a goat with Nancy
Your gift is helping Encise stay in school!
Your gift is helping Encise stay in school!

Your gift of a goat is ensuring girls in Haiti, like Encise (pictured above) stay in school – thank you!

If Encise looks familiar to you, it’s because her photo was used in Global Giving’s matching donation campaign. She’s also on the cover of our Global Gift Guide this year! We thought it would be fun to share her story with you.

Encise is well-known to our staff in Haiti and others in her community because of her success in school – thanks to gifts like yours that provide goats for girls in Haiti. At 15, she’s in 7th grade this year and studying hard. Next year, she’ll attend high school in a nearby town.

“I want to be a nurse,” shared Encise, “so I can help people who have sicknesses.”

Encise’s goat has given birth several times – to two kid goats each time! She sold the first two goats at the market in town and earned enough to pay for school this year. She has kept two more kid goats “in the bank,” ready to sell when needed.

Goats are the most common small animal in rural Haiti and therefore are in high demand. Students like Encise are able to raise the goat that has been given to them and then sell the offspring to help pay for school—tuition, uniforms, books, and supplies.

Your gift of a goat for a girl in Haiti is helping her stay in school, changing her future, and the future of her entire community.

Encise with her goat in front of her home in Haiti
Encise with her goat in front of her home in Haiti
Encise wit her mom and sister.
Encise wit her mom and sister.
Manoucha shows off her beautiful smile
Manoucha shows off her beautiful smile

Balancing demands at home and at school is not easy for girls in Haiti.  Often girls are expected to help with collecting water, cooking and cleaning at home, while also excelling in the classroom. 

Manoucha, who lives in the village of Crabier, is an example of a young woman who has faced challenges yet continues to move forward.  In addition to the challenges typically faced by girls in Haiti she has also battled persistent health issues in recent years which have kept her out of school and at home.

Therefore, Manoucha is a little old for her grade at school.  As a 20-year-old she is in the same grade as her 16-year-old sister, Dieunike. 

“Now I am well but sometimes I still get sick which means I cannot go to school or work at home,” Manoucha said.

It hasn’t been an easy road however she was able to begin school this year on time, for the second year in a row, and is now only two years away from graduating high school!

“I choose to keep giving effort at school so that I can one day help my family,” she said.  “I want to study to become a nurse because I like this.  Then if someone in my family is sick I can help them.”

Manoucha is already finding ways to help her family.  Her goat, which she received in the summer of 2013, gave offspring and she gave one of her goat’s kids to her sister Dieunike so she can also benefit.   The gift of one goat has a multiplying effect within this family.  It is encouraging to see Manoucha continue to persevere despite her challenges.

We’re hard at work this school year distributing goats and providing husbandry training to girls like Manoucha who live in southern Haiti due to your generosity and support.  So thank you!

Manoucha walks home in Crabier, a seaside village
Manoucha walks home in Crabier, a seaside village
Manoucha with her sisters Dieunika and Nadine
Manoucha with her sisters Dieunika and Nadine
Dieunika and her goat
Dieunika and her goat
Fania and her goat in the school yard
Fania and her goat in the school yard

In the rural community of Mersan in southern Haiti there is a primary school called Ecole Mixte Bon Berger.  Since 2012 World Concern has partnered with this school by providing goats and husbandry training to students.  With a goat students are able to earn an income by selling the goat’s offspring and using the money to pay for school tuition and other supplies. 

One of these students in Mersan is named Fania Bien-Aime, a shy 14-year-old girl who has a smile that is hard to forget.  She lives a 15 minute walk from the school with her parents and six siblings.  “I always walk to school.  In the beginning it was difficult but now it is easy.” 

Fania recently received a goat from World Concern and participated in the training where she learned how to take care of her goat and how to maintain its health. 

“I know how to take care of the goat because I learned some things in the training,” she said.  “When it’s raining I have to shelter the goat but usually during the day it sits in the shade because the sun is too hot.”

Now her goat is in heat and Fania expects it to become pregnant shortly. 

When working with communities, the ‘long view’ must be taken into consideration.  There may be solutions that would provide temporary assistance to Fania, however this lacks sustainability and requires a handout to be given repeatedly.  World Concern is interested instead in long term solutions. 

A goat is a treasured asset in rural Haiti because it represents a steady income.  “Each year a goat can give between six and nine kids, and she may produce kids for up to 10 years,” explains Pierre Duclona, World Concern’s regional coordinator for southern Haiti. 

While a goat and relevant training may not produce immediate results, it will provide students like Fania with a way to earn an income for years to come and give her new skills which she can carry into adulthood.    

Fania will soon begin the 6th grade and is looking forward to returning to class after the summer break.

“The sciences and mathematics are the ones I like.  I like to study,” she shared.  “Education is important so I can help my parents and also for myself to feel good and help in society.” 

“I would like to be a tailor but I can’t sew right now.  For now this is the profession that is in my head,” explained Fania.  “You can get money from this skill because when school begins, parents need to send their children’s uniforms to get sewed.”

With a goat and specific training, Fania is well-positioned to earn an income and therefore continue with her education which will give her opportunities to provide for herself and her family.  Thank you so much for your generosity and partnership in keeping girls like Fania in school! 

Fania with a friend
Fania with a friend
Fania's goat receives vaccines

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Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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Cathy Herholdt
Seattle, WA United States

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