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The impact of the goat Programme

The following is an extract from the Why United Foundation report year ending 2013. (WHY : Where Hope Yields)

In ensuring that the families supported by WU are Self-sustained, WU embarked on a female goat project, this has been done repeatedly since inception of the programme, this project benefits have not only impacted on the lives of the sponsored families but to the community as well. Since inception some families can now share and a few can also sell some little milk to the neighbors from these goats and this has improved family’s source of income. The manure obtained from the goats is used to add fertility to the soils and thus improving food production.

This year all the sponsored children were issued with one female goat aging between 12 to 16 months to add on the stock that they already have, this project is expected to ensure that the families have resources of their own which they can use for their continuity way beyond the sponsor period.

Through collaboration with the ministry of livestock and veterinary departments from both Tharaka north and south all the goats were vaccinated to enable them withstand against illness that may arise as a result environmental change and make adaptability easy, deworming which should be done repeatedly every three months was done too and they were also ear tagged with children Identification numbers.
For upgrading purpose all the catchments were also issued with one pure male Galla, this was done through well-structured groups within the catchment, further intention is to move the bucks across the catchment areas to avoid line breeding and inbreeding, the ultimate result is to improve on the quality of the kids got from these female goats. The goat project has proved to be the best sustainability component in the WU programme and where the proper care and management is used many benefits have been realized.

Sample Stories

There is a remarkable benefits from the goat project that was started in the year 2010; the immediate, direct benefits is milk and manure, but from the assessment carried our recently every family apart from the children that joined the programme  last year the average number of goats are 10 per child.

Aron: comes from a single parent family whose mother engages in peasant faming, the family used to share shelter until late year 2012 when they were able to sell most of the goats and built a three roomed iron sheet roofed and brick walled house. The family is still left with four goats that are healthy. 

Jackson: - this family sold most of the of the goats and bought a cow, which has more value and better returns and yet the boy still has one more goat remaining.

Anthony :- This boy is left with 3 goats after selling some of the goats and building one roomed house for himself. (In Kenyan culture the boys must move out of the family home at about the age of 13