For children who are at risk of malnutrition, the complete protein derived from goats is critical to improving their health. Goats also provide a source of milk and cheese for families, which can be consumed or traded for other food produce.
Goats are distributed through Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care and breeding techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing training.
While gender equality training is an important part of our programs, many women in sub-saharan Africa are still prevented from owning land. Fortunately, goats take up little space so when you buy a goat you're giving a mom financial independence and the chance to lift her family out of poverty.
Goats are great at producing other goats; quickly and relatively easily. As a result, one goat quickly becomes the foundation for a growing herd that offers families income for the long-term either by trading up to other livestock such as cows or using the income to start a small business (see Stecy's story below).
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The goat you purchase will be sourced locally, i.e. as close to the recipient as possible. This approach provides an extra boost to local economies while keeping transport costs to a minimum.
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At 14, Zoe from Neyaashiinigmiing in Ontario has more experience than most in working toward food sovereignty. Firmly embedded in her Indigenous food traditions and heritage, Zoe has championed for food security and food sovereignty all her life. From her Elders, she’s learned how to grow food and eat from the land and leads her peers in tending the school orchard and produce garden.
Zoe says “Our community is filled with caring and loving people and I feel really safe living here. That’s why I’ve been proud to be a part of our school and community gardening programs. It’s really great to see everybody come together and make something that we can all benefit from. I’ve also learned a lot about food that grows within our native lands. I enjoy harvesting wild foods like leeks, morels, puffballs and apples. I also like to go partridge hunting with my Papa. Sometimes, we are able to give some of the food that we’ve gathered to other people in the community. This makes me feel good about myself".
We at Canadian Feed The Children have been honoured to watch Zoe grow over the years into the young leader she is today. Zoe challenges us all to think of how our small actions can make a big impact.
By buying a Best.Gift.Ever you are helping children like Zoe learn the importance of regaining food sovereignty and supporting programs like school and community gardens, Indigenous knowledge education and much more!
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Children Canadian Feed The Children is an independent, secular development agency with 35-years experience feeding children.
We take a community-led approach to improving food security in the communities where we work.
We're an awarding-winning, 5-star rated charity that envisions a world where children thrive free from hunger and poverty.
“I donate to Canadian Feed The Children because children should not be hungry. It’s up to us to make sure this doesn’t happen.”