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How Does a Goat Make Such a Difference

A goat might not seem like much but it can make a huge difference to a family in need…

Gifts in Action

Take a few minutes to read some of the heart-warming stories about how your gifts have helped families around the world.

Goats keep dreams alive

Born in a poor family in Vietnam, Trau was orphaned when he was only 5. His aunt was kind enough to adopt him, but her family had been struggling with poverty, poor health and seasonal flooding, rendering her difficult to pay for her children’s and Trau’s tuition fees.

The family’s situation changed when they received two breeding goats and training on breeding techniques, a gift by Hong Kong donors last Christmas. All these have allowed them to earn extra income, as well as providing education, nutritious food and better healthcare for the children.

“I no longer have to worry about the tuition fees. I will try my best to study well, so that I can be a doctor in the future,” Trau says cheerfully as he looks at his goats. He has received a certificate of merit at school for his outstanding academic performance.

New borehole = Clean Water + Good Health - Danger

In Malawi, 10-year-old Tsala and her friends used to go to fetch water from a small stream for household use.

Located almost half a kilometre from Tsala’s home, the stream usually dries up during summer and gets engulfed by plants during the rainy season, providing a habitat for dangerous reptiles, particularly snakes. Besides the risk of being harmed, the water that Tsala and her friends used to get from the stream was very dirty and contaminated. That ended when World Vision drilled a borehole in Tsala’s community.

“We saw a lot of water coming out. The water shot up to the sky and fell on the ground. I have never seen so much water in my life!” Exclaims Tsala. Since then, community members have abandoned their previous water source.

“[In the past] I could not go to school because of diarrhoea. The water we drink now looks clean. I no longer visit the toilet many times.” she says.

Sewing hope back into a family

“Life was hard in the countryside,” says Oyuntsetseg of Mongolia. Her son Baasandorj attends grade six and is a sponsored child.

In 2000, they moved into the city in search of a better life. Oyuntsetseg worked as a cleaner and her income was meagre. Later, they obtained an electric sewing machine from World Vision, and this allowed them to start making shoes and earn more. “Now we have six sewing machines and life for my children is totally different. Now we have a nice life,” she says. “When I was sewing by hand, we lived one day at a time with no vision for the future.” Now, they are able to support Baasandorj’s education with the income generated by selling shoes.

Walking out of poverty on a cow

After making her way through the vegetable garden, Rathimalar, 11, shows us the enclosure of Lakshmi, a cow that was provided to her family by World Vision in a remote community in Sri Lanka.

Sevagaperumal, Rathimalar’s father, works as a sundry worker on a tea estate and earns around HK$500 a month, a sum insufficient to sustain the family. His wife went abroad to work as a housemaid for two years, but has been unable to find a job upon her return, leaving the family in greater financial difficulties.

Lakshmi and training brought hope to their family. The extra income provided through the sale of milk enabled them to buy a tuk-tuk, pay for the two children’s education and expand additional farmland.

“Thanks to the extra income we earn through the sale of milk, we are able to send her for special classes. She has improved in her rank in class – from 39th to the 5th,” says Sevagaperumal. “When I grow up, I want to be a teacher!” Rathimalar says confidently.

Racing towards dreams on a rickshaw

10-year-old Anjali lives in one of the slums in northern India. Her father Ramu has always been a rickshaw driver, but as the rickshaw was hired, only little was left for him after the rent was paid.

Since receiving a rickshaw from World Vision, Ramu has been able to earn more. He plans to buy an auto-rickshaw which would allow him to serve more passengers. His wife has also completed a course in sewing run by World Vision. She is now employed as a teacher at a local tailoring institute.

“World Vision has shown the way to the people in our community. Now we can walk ahead,” says Ramu.

Seeds + Chicks = Way out of Poverty

“I was very worried about my son’s health,” says Begum who lives in a village in Bangladesh. The family of four lived a hand-to-mouth life as they relied on her husband’s day labour income (less than HK$400 a month) for living.

Two years ago, World Vision visited Begum’s family and found that her 2-year-old son Mahfuj was suffering from malnutrition because of poor nutrient intake. Through World Vision, donors from Hong Kong gave them a gift of seeds, and they also participated in training to learn rearing chickens and planting vegetables. Begum then applied her improved skills and built new chicken nest for her chickens.

Today, Begum is able to provide nutritious meals for her children. They yield more crops and eggs which bring in additional income for the family. “I hope to see my children with good health and going to school. I also want to run a small business and lift ourselves out of poverty!” says Begum.

Not an Outcast Anymore

“I want to be an engineer someday because I like maths… I love playing cricket, it’d be great if I could be a famous cricketer when I grow up!” says Ruwan (15) who likes mathematics, language class and cricket. The Sri Lankan youngster has so much enthusiasm for his future.

11 years ago, Ruwan was homeless. His mother left for work in the Middle East. His father was too ill to take care of him and sent him to his aunt, but he was then abandoned. The 4-year-old was lost on the streets until the staff of the street children’s centre found him and took him back to the centre.

Today, he is a promising student in a nearby school. The centre also offers other activities to children, for example, art therapy for children to express their innermost feelings and needs, and outdoor activities to help children learn about the nature.

Goats that Fulfil a Father’s Dream

U Kan, a 45-year-old farmer and his family live in the central dry zone of Myanmar. Though he knew the weather patterns very well, there was a time he was caught off guard by the extreme lack of rain…

“We planted and hoped for a little rain. But there's no rain,” he recalls. “We got almost nothing from our farm. It was a total failure.” Looking at his two acres of farm land, on which he normally grows nuts, sesame and beans, U Kan could only sigh.

With such poor harvest, U Kan had no choice but to sell some male goats to pay for his children’s education. But later on, World Vision provided seven female goats for U Kan. “Had World Vision not supported us we would be living with a huge debt by now,” explains U Kan. Local loan sharks often charge farmers a very high interest rate.

Today, U Kan is keeping 20 goats! “We can now sell some goats to increase our income. Also, goat manures are great source of fertilisers and can be sold for good prices.” With a more stable income, U Kan does not need to worry about his children’s education expenses now!

“I had to drop out of school, because my parents could not afford it. I would not let this happen to my children,” he says with great determination.

The increase in the number of livestock has changed the daily schedule of the children. “In the past, they had nothing to do after class, now they help me pasturing,” says U Kan, expressing his satisfaction.

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