Through our livestock programme, we aim to raise the household income of families living in poverty in a sustainable way. We give a family an animal (usually a cow), which is expected to produce offspring which then gets given to another family. Each family is enlisted onto a 6 week training course and is taught how to care for their animal, and how to use them to obtain produce such as milk, eggs and meat. So far, 67 families have been given an animal and are reaping the benefits. Below is the story of how our Livestock Programme has transformed life for Caleem and his family:
Caleem is a member of the PTA at our International Needs primary school. His two children attend the school and both have International Needs sponsors. One of them has been sponsored all the way from primary school and he is now in the final stages of training to become a school teacher. Caleem has been given a cow through the project which produces an average of 20 litres of milk each day. This provides the family with enough milk to drink, and also enough to sell to other families, making around 5,000-6,000 USH per day (£4). Caleem’s cow has already produced an offspring which has been given to another family.