Dairy Goat Pass-on Project
In June 2015 we started an exciting new project featuring GOATS!
Every family who receives a goat from PROJECT NEEMA will pass their first two female goat offspring (called “doelings”) on to other vulnerable families in the community, who in turn will pass their first two doelings on to other families, and so on…
A donation to our Dairy Goat Pass-on Project is a gift that keeps on giving – helping families in Ngaramtoni for years to come!
Thanks to a couple of very generous Project Neema supporters we kicked this project off with four goats for four vulnerable families in Ngaramtoni! We also built a solid structure to shelter these goats at each of the four families’ homes – these structures ensure that the goats are kept safe and healthy!
Here is how the project works:
1. A generous PROJECT NEEMA donor donates the funding to purchase a female goat (a “doe”) for a vulnerable child and their family. Approximate cost, including transport = USD $140
2. PROJECT NEEMA arrange the purchase of a goat. We either buy a pregnant doe or we arrange for her to be impregnated.
3. PROJECT NEEMA also arrange for a solid shelter (goat banda) to be built on the family’s property in anticipation of the doe’s arrival. This provides work for a local builder which is a great bonus! Approximate cost, including labour and transport of materials = USD $140
4. The recipient family takes great care of the new addition to their household, ensuring that their goat is well fed and otherwise healthy and safe
- The primary caregiver for the goat receives training on goat rearing – they are taught to properly feed, bathe and medicate their goat. The teacher of these classes very generously waives the fee for our students! He appreciates that we are helping out the most vulnerable members of his community and wants to do what he can to help!
5. When the doe gives birth we all have our fingers crossed for a girl (or even better: twin girls!). This is because the first TWO doelings born into each family will be passed on to other vulnerable families in the community!
6.The doeling stays with her mother for up to six months, nourished by her mother’s milk, before being passed on. Our goats are high milk-producing breeds (Saanen and Toggenburg) so the family has extra milk to sell right away!
7. During this time our goat committee meets to discuss whom the lucky recipient family of the new doeling should be. Our criteria are simple: need and capability. We aim to reach the most vulnerable members of the community who are capable of taking proper care of a goat.
8. PROJECT NEEMA then arrange for a structure (goat banda) to be built to shelter the doeling at her new home.
9. When the goat is old enough, she is impregnated and gives birth to her own kids. The first two doelings are passed on to new families… AND SO THE CYCLE CONTINUES!
10. Once a recipient family have passed on the required two doelings any additional goat offspring are theirs to help provide income for their family from milk, meat, and fertiliser!
Some questions you might be asking yourself:
- What happens to the baby male goats?
- The family will feed a billy goat up to either eat him (providing a highly nutritious addition to the diet of families in Ngaramtoni who can very rarely afford meat) or to sell (providing important income for the family)
- What happens if a family don’t hold up their end of the bargain (take good care of the goat and pass on the first two female offspring)?
- All our recipients sign a contract stating that they will take proper care of their goat and any offspring (providing proper food, shelter and medical care), attend training sessions and pass on the first two doelings to other families, as decided by the committee. We regularly check in with our recipients and if they violate the terms of their contract then we can reclaim ownership of the goat and find a new recipient family.
If you would like to support our Dairy Goat Pass-on Project, please donate.