Goats are Good for Families
Goat's milk is the only
milk known to half the world's people, but 80 percent of
mothers and children in rural areas do not have any type
of milk or milk products. The gift of a dairy goat is a
lasting, meaningful way to help a struggling family on
the other side of the world.
Goats can thrive in
extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass
and leaves. Your gift of a dairy goat can supply a
family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a
day — a ton of milk a year.
Extra milk can be sold or used to
make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families use goat manure
to fertilize gardens. And because goats often have two
or three kids a year, Heifer partners can start small
dairies that pay for food, health care and education.
It's no wonder the gentle
nanny goat is often called the "foster mother to the
Until Francia and her young grandson, Jose,
received a goat from Heifer, hunger and poverty were all
they had ever known in the Dominican Republic.
But with their animal,
they found hope. The goat gave them plenty of milk and
produced kids to sell for income.
is still working ... long after other aid
organizations have left."
—Christian Science Monitor
One morning, as the goat
started her third birthing, Jose noticed the goat having
trouble. The young boy knew he had to help the nanny. If
she died, his family would be set back dramatically.
Jose's training had
taught him how a kid should be positioned in the womb.
Using plastic bags as gloves, Jose carefully put his
hands inside the nanny's womb and discovered one of the
kid's legs was in the wrong position.
A few minutes after Jose
moved the leg, the goat gave birth to healthy twins.
When news of Jose's story spread, people came from
throughout the village to see the young hero and his