Covid has really affected our ability to travel to Uganda and participate in the Goat Distribution Project, but it has not stopped our Ugandan partners. They continue to purchase female goats that are pregnant and work with village leaders to select candidates to receive a goat. The candidate must be a widow, an orphan, or have a handicap. As funds are raised here in the US it is a simple process to wire the funds to purchase goats to our Ugandan partner NGO. So don't stop giving! We hope to be able to return to Uganda in January. Out August trip has been cancelled. Thank you for your support of this truly life changing project. I have personally seen the positive impact it has on the lives of the recipients.
If the Covid pandemic is over we hope to take a team to Uganda in August. The purpose of this team is to spend time with the 120 students that we sponsor to attend boarding school. Whenever a team goes to Uganda we always start our time with a "goat distibution". That is when we spend a day in a village and help to distribute pregnant goats to widows and orphans in the village. It is a grea way for our team members to get first hand experience in rural village life. It is a great time of celebration in the village, and everyone comes. Local governemnt officials are usually there to clebrate with the villagers. Our teams love this event. We have given close to 1000 goats over the past 5-10 years. It is your generosity that makes this project possible.
Each year we give around 200 pregnant goats to widows and orphans in rural NE Uganda. We work in conjuction with the local government leaders and the tribal leaders. The head of the tribe selects the most needy receipient. They are then trained by the veterinarian from our partner NGO on how to care for the goat and its babies. They are to care for the babies until they are weaned. The first babies then go back to the NGO who raises them and gives them to another person in need. All future babies belong to the original recipient. They cannot eat the goats, they can only sell them or trade them. About half of the goats have more than one baby, so they can accumulate a herd in two or three years. The stories we get back from the widows or orphans are truly life changing. They provide funds for the orphan to attend school, build a nicer hut, trade for a milk cow or a bull. They have used the funds to buy a piece of land to grow a larger garden.
This is one of the most effective projects we operate in Uganda. Well worth your investment. Tell your friends!!
Giving a pregnant goat to a widow or orphan in rural Uganda is an amazing life changing gift. They are trained by our veterinary team to care for the mother and the babies. They are not allowed to eat the goats. They can only sell them or trade them. Within a couple of years they can easliy have a small herd of 10 to 15 goats. They can trade 7 goats for a milk cow or a bull. I have been amazed to see how they manage and use their herd to positivly impact their lives. This has been one of the most impactful projects we have undertaken among the poorest of the poor in Uganda. When you give to this project you are changing lives. Thank you and share this with your freinds and family.
A small team from the US will be traveling to Uganda late January to do some training, dedicate a new school and housing for teachers. We will also meet the first nurse the village has had that will work out of the clinic that we helped build last year. We will also be giving away 25 goats to widows and orphans. The goat give aways are always a huge village celebration. Goverment officals always come to the celebration to thank us for how we are helping their people. They so appreciate the life changing opportunity recieving a goat affords them. Thank you for your support. It is making a huge difference.
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