December 15, 2016
So, buying and giving away goats and chickens was fun and also a great challenge. Have you ever tried to get a goat to go in a certain direction? Have you ever tried to catch a chicken? On Monday and Tuesday, with the help of an agronomist, we bought and gave away over a dozen chickens and 16 goats. We'll give way another 14 plus 1 pig this Friday, on market day. Then, we will have a training for the women on care and feeding the animals. It's not to late to help. To purchase a goat or a chicken for a family, click here. Here are a few highlights...
We bought about a dozen high-quality female young chickens for people who lost chickens. Chickens are used for eggs, producing more chickens for sale and, of course, dinner.
We bought 30 high-quality female goats for women who lost goats during the storm. You can tell that these goats are of high quality because they have floppy long ears, a sign that they are mixed with goats from the dominican republic. These goats fetch a much higher price in the market than traditional Haitian goats because they grow large quickly and provide much more meat. Fond des Blancs is known for its goats and people travel from all over the country to buy in this region. We hired an agronomist (in black with hat on far left) to check and select all of the goats. He checked eyes, ears, legs, etc. for signs of stiffness, age and disease. We got lucky and we think we bought two goats that are expecting. We gave these to the poorest of the women.
As I mentioned before, these animals are like bank accounts; goats are purchased, children raise them, and then they are sold, usually to pay for school fees.
Here's how you can continue to help:
1. Purchase a female goat for a family by clicking here.
2. Purchase a chicken for a family by clicking here.
3. Make a donation to Haiti Projects by clicking here.
4. Watch and share our new video on our efforts to help our artisans bounce back from Hurricane Matthew without falling into a cycle of extreme poverty. Click here.
5. Learn more about our work by clicking here.
Happy Holidays to all!