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 give a goat for Christmas 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 Woinshet's story below).
I sold 10 goats for 6,850 birr, and bought a deep freezer and fridge and started selling cold drinks.
As a result, I've doubled my daily average income plus I still have 13 goats in good condition. Woinshet Tefera, 34-YEAR-OLD WIDOW From ETHIOPIA
Buy a Goat here. We'll source it there
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.
Send a Christmas Card to a Special Somebody
With each goat you buy you will be able to select a FREE Printed, PDF or eCard to send to a special somebody. Card designs include Christmas (pictured), goat-themed, birthday, teacher, wedding plus many more. You can also buy a goat without selecting a card.
Pay & Instantly Receive a Tax Receipt
We are proud to have been named one of the Charities of the Year 2016 by the Financial Post. We were among the first to be accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program and were awarded “Exemplar” status for 2014-2017 by the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Transparency.
PricewaterhouseCoopers independently audits our financials before being published each year, while our volunteer Board of Directors sets and exceeds the highest standards in governance. When you give a goat for Christmas you can count on the highest standards when it comes to use and stewardship of your generous donation. For more information please download our latest Annual Report.
Needs Identified by Local Communities
The communities we support have identified Goats, like every other gift listed in our Best Gift Ever catalogue, as being vitally important to ensure children’s health and well-being. Canadian Feed The Children along with our local partners provide https://bestgiftever.ca/gift.php?gift_id=goat”>goats, school supplies, water taps, fish farms, etc as part of our broader programming initiatives.
Beyond the Gifts
When you purchase a Best Gift Ever, funds go towards the range of development programs in the communities we support. The projects go beyond the simple provision of items; they also include training, project monitoring and evaluation, local expertise and support – everything needed to deliver effective, sustainable, high-impact and meaningful change in a community.
Goats purchased locally
Rest assured that the goats you buy won’t be put in the cargo hold on Air Canada to be shipped from HERE to THERE. That’s not only cost prohibitive, inefficient and inhumane, but it also prevents local, sustainable economic development from happening. That’s the last thing we want to do.
When you buy a charity goat your purchase will be sourced and distributed through CFTC’s local partners in communities that are running agricultural income generation programs. That means goats will be bought locally and delivered to communities in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.
Goat Meat is a Staple of East and West African Diets
The value of goats is sometimes questioned based on the assumption that their primary value is for the milk they produce. People quite correctly raise the issue of high lactose-intolerance levels among Africans. In fact, goat meat is a staple in both East and West African diets. Therefore, goats are primarily used for their meat, not for their milk (at least, not in Canadian Feed The Children’s programs).
Training and Support is Included
Small family farms and individual families receive the goats we distribute. These goats are part of agricultural training and livelihoods programs that offer broad-based support. The goats are distributed through Self-Help Groups and Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care, raising, and breeding techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing knowledge.
Community agricultural agents work with women and men to ensure that they have what they need to feed, house and sell their livestock. No one benefits if the recipient doesn’t know how to care for her goats and to grow her herd into a sustainable source of family income.
Printed cards send within 48hrs, eCards sent instantly
You have three choices for cards: email, PDF (for printing at home), or print. If you choose a printed card, we can send the card by post to you or to your honouree, whichever you prefer.
While we can’t guarantee delivery time, your card will be processed and sent by mail within 48 hours of purchase and by email within one hour. Note that if you send an eCard you will be able to schedule its delivery for sometime in the future, e.g. on Christmas day or the card recipient’s birthday.
Includes a tax receipt
When you order a Christmas goat online, you will receive an immediate charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. When you order a goat by phone, you can choose to receive an electronic receipt or have one mailed to you, usually within two weeks. Canadian Feed The Children’s charitable registration number is 11883 0983 RR0001. See the Government of Canada’s policy statement for charitable tax receipts for more information about charity tax receipts.
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