When you buy a goat for a family in Africa real families benefit. Image shows African girl holding a goat.


Give a Goat for Christmas for just $75 and help an African mom change the lives of her children.

Give a Goat for Christmas to Feed Families


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 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 Abiriya's story below).

Give a Goat for Christmas

How it Works


Give a Goat here. We'll source it there

The goat you give for Christmas 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 Free Card to a Special Somebody

With each goat you give you will be able to select a FREE Mailed, PDF or Ecard to send to a special somebody. Card designs include holiday (pictured), goat-themed, birthday, teacher, wedding plus many more. You can also buy a goat without selecting a card.

Give a goat and receive this free card showing a smiling African girl holding a goat

Pay & Instantly Receive a Tax Receipt

When you give a goat for Christmas you will immediately receive a charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. You can pay for your goat donation using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex) or via PayPal. Canadian Feed The Children is a registered Canadian charity.

How Giving a Goat for Christmas Changes Lives

The cover page of the 2020/2021 Best Gift Ever Catalogue featuring Abiriya holding a goat

Meet Abiriya, the smile behind our new Best.Gift.Ever catalogue (pictured above). Despite Abiriya's parents being successful small-scale farmers in Uganda, they were struggling to pay for the school fees for their five children.

When Abiriya's parents received goats, they also received training on breeding and how to care for their health and wellbeing. Breeding and selling the goats dramatically improved their family’s income, allowing the children to go to school.

Abiriya and her mom outside with their goats
Goats Save the Day During the Pandemic

Despite Abiriya’s parents inability to sell their produce in the local market because of the pandemic they are managing quite well.

During the pandemic I was able to acquire more land to increase our farming so I can plant more food for our family to eat, and hopefully sell to make up the income. We got the extra money to buy land because I sold one of my goats. Abiriya's mom, Beatrice

Best.Gift.Ever gifts, like goats, can change the lives of children like Abiriya, and provide them with the tools they need to grow and thrive!

Why Canadian Feed The Children


CFTC is honoured to be named a 2019 Top 10 Impact Charity by Charity Intelligence Canada. Charity Intelligence estimates that Top 10 Impact Charities deliver average returns of 7X for every dollar donated, compared with an average of 1-2 times.

Canadian Feed The Children also ranked as one of the top 10 international development charities for 2019 (#14 in the Top 100), rated ‘A’ by MoneySense magazine for program spending efficiency, fundraising costs, and governance. We were also named as a Financial Post Charity of the Year in 2016 and 2017.

Charity Intelligence Top 10 Rated Impact Charity logo Financial Post Logo MoneySense Charity 100 logo


We are an accredited member of Imagine Canada as well as a Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Member.


We are transparent, trustworthy, and accountable. You can read our publicly available financial statements in our annual report here.

Chart showing the breakdown of CFTC's spending over the last five years

On a Mission

Our mission is to unlock children’s potential through community-led action in Canada and around the world.

African children pose for a photo in their school uniforms

Frequently Asked Questions

Payment Options

You can purchase goats for Christmas online using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or PayPal. You can also give a goat by calling 1-800-387-1221 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday.


901-2 Lansing Square
Toronto, ON M2J 4P8 Canada

1-800-387-1221 or 416-757-1220

[email protected]