A Goat for Africa
On May 12th, 2016, Aisling from Bóthar, came to the school because in December 2015 the pupils of St. Evin's School gave a goat to a poor family in Africa for Christmas through the charity, Bothar na nGabhar.
We donated €300 from our mission fund to pay for the goat, transportation and veterinary back up. This gift of an Irish Dairy Goat can change the life of a family forever. An Irish goat will produce up to 4 times as much milk as a local cow - that's up to 4 litres of milk today. This is enough to enable a family to enjoy milk in their diet and raise money from the sale of extra milk and cheese. Families who receive dairy goats from Bothar would often not have enough land to support a larger animal, so our goat went to the poorest of the poor. Dairy goats are friendly and easy to manage. They will have a baby kid each year, and because they often produce twins, a farmer can quickly start to build up a small herd.
Aisling from Bóthar talked to the children about the "Gift of Animals" and the projects that Bóthar is involved with. She gave brilliant presentations to infant pupils and older classes, showing the goats and cows being air-lifted from Ireland, and the preparations that are involved at the other end for their arrival. It is a very exciting event for a poor family in Africa to receive a farm animal and it can change their lives for the better. Aisling explained that by selling surplus milk the families can buy other foods, pay for doctor visits and medicines, send their children to school and buy seeds for planting crops.