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We distributed six goats to each family and they were eleven families in total. All the recipients are people living with the HIV virus and the project is meant to help sustain their lives as goats provide high quality milk ..

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Maurene T (122)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:35 am
Wonderful story.
Thank you.

EchoRose G (170)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:38 am
I love this! This is great and thank you for posting this news.

gail dair (0)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:42 am
Thanks Brian

Tekla Drakfrende (82)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:47 am
be careful with goats! Their way of grazing leads to ersoion=loss of earth which destroys for plants and create (in time) deserts. Always check that there is A LOT of food for the goats before distributing them. Hopefully that was done here.Otherwise it will be a shorttime help that destroys for the future. Helping is sometimes complicated.....

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:48 am
Thank you for the post

Fortunal T (89)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:51 am
Thank you Brian...I'm planning to have goats, I like them...soon, one day when I move to my village, when I'll be retired, goats gonna be my ''company'' :-))

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:52 am
Noted, thanks.

Naoko i (264)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:53 am
Thanks Brian for posting. While I agree with Tekla that "helping is sometimes (very often, I would say) complicated," I do hope this program works well.

. (0)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 6:18 am
Thanks, Brian, great story. Noted

No fwd van E (38)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 6:20 am
That is great, thanks for sharing!!

Brian Reilly (848)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 6:37 am
@Naoko, @Tekla thanks for your valuable comments, I appreciate your concern as overgrazing and desertification are huge problems in many parts of Africa. Fortunately, this program is focused on small numbers of families in very rural areas where there is plenty of space for goats to graze without endangering the natural ecosystem. Thanks so much!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 6:39 am
Thanks Brian for sharing this with us

Jean M (51)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 6:47 am
wonderful news !!!!

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:03 am
Noted with many thanks Brian! Its a sweet story! My heart is with these people!

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:04 am
Wondrful program! Yes, they do have to watch for over-grazing. Give people a fish and they eat for one day, give them 6 goats and they can feed a village. Thanks for this one, Brian.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:40 am
Thank you Brian, noted with happiness and hope. :-)

Thomas C (116)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:43 am
Pleased to hear the sustainabiltiy of goat grazing has been thought about as creating a dust bowl is the last thing that people in these circumstances need! The concept of self suffiency is also assisted by a UK charity called "Tools For Self Reliance" who collect sewing machines and tools for a variety of trades refurbish them and distribute them along with training in their use, so people can earn aliving by doing such things as Blacksmithing, Sewing, Dressmaking. Bicycle and Car repairs, Building Carpentry etc! Hand tools that would otherwise be disgarded in the west where they have been superceded by power tools are the most useful to this charity who can be found at Netley Marsh in the City of Southampton UK, website:

. (0)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:50 am
Good story. Thanks, Brian!

chris b (2474)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:57 am
Well said Thomas. You might have mentioned TFSR operate primarily in African countries I see from their site and are always on the look out for volunteers to collect and refurbish tools! Good to see something being done that does not just involve dumping aid with no long term strategy for the future! People like to work for what they need and these small scale schemes should be copied by more of the larger organisations!

Brian Reilly (848)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:04 am
Thanks for sharing that resource Thomas! Great organization!

Brian Reilly (848)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:11 am
@Chris b. - I completely agree, sustainability is the KEY to successful development and poverty alleviation. I'm so excited to be helping out with Forgotten Voices because they have a strong focus on sustainable, locally driven development projects that utilize a number of strategic partnerships on the ground to ensure success. You can check out all their project profiles at if you're interested in learning more.

Great comments !

Ineke T (51)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:16 am
Great story!!! Oxfam Novib "sell" animals in their webshop. It's a wonderful gift for the person who has already got everything and the families in the third world are really happy with their livestock. So this is always a win-win situation. You can buy from cheap to expensive: chickes and ducks to cows and oxen, including goats.

Lynn M (192)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:25 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing Brian!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:27 am
thanks great article .

Rodney Paige (44)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:54 am
A testament to what people can do when they get together to solve problems. Beautiful story.

dinesh k (50)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 9:45 am
smile noted.

Jere W (9)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 10:16 am
This is great...thanks so much!

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 10:33 am
This is good news! Thank you, Brian.

Glenda J (158)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:00 am
Positive is Good

Lynn Christy (64)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:23 am
noted, very nice story... most refreshing and uplifting... thanks so much for sharing... =)

Karen B (289)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:38 am
Thanks for the story Brian. Hope all goes well. Teaching sustainability is the upmost importance.

Gudrun D (447)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:50 am
Very nice - thank you Brian

Liliana D (125)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:56 am
Always good to know that there are project to help people in need. Thanks for posting Brian.

Ed Hoy (9)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 12:26 pm
Outstanding article and info, Brian, thank you.

Ellinor S (41)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 12:31 pm
Thank you

Blacktiger P (247)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 12:52 pm
World Vision also has a system that has everything from house building materials to chickens etc.

Cam V (417)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:11 pm
What a great story and an outstanding idea! Great story Brian!

Ruth S (78)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:11 pm
Thanks Brian !

Catherine Turley (192)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:14 pm
i am equally concerned with the forgotten voices of those animals. one of the goats in the photo looks malnourished. animals are not simply tools for human use. i hope the recipients realize that. somehow i doubt it.

Thomas H (37)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:24 pm
Ineke points out Oxfam, and kudos for that. Also try Heifer International. We give these gifts in the names of our friends and family each December. This sort of ministry really does make a difference.

mary f (202)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:26 pm
great idea great post thanks brian

Brian Reilly (848)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:31 pm
@Catherine - Not to worry, these goats are HIGHLY valued in these rural communities and are well taken care of as such.

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 2:10 pm
Thanks Brian. I hope the goats are being treated well.

Tere M (75)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 2:34 pm
Thank you for posting Brian! Thank you Charles for forwarding! :)

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 2:37 pm
Great program!

Beth P (32)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 2:47 pm
Wonderful story. People helping people. Animals helping people.
We need so much more of this in our World!
Thanks Brian.

Jaclin S (230)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 2:51 pm
A great program something that these poor souls need. I have seen programs where they are ostracised from their society made to live in shocking lean to's and where there is nowhere for their children to go once their parents have gone - it is a really very sad situation and they need all the help they can get. TY Brian Love & Light

Alicia V (181)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 2:53 pm
A chain of great energy, it is not just feed the hungry or give water to the thirsty it is help him till is healthy and renewed and teach him how to be independent so he can do it for himself and he'll spread what he learnt with love. We are covering holes in this world, just for a few months later is like we'll see.
Great iniciative. Health to this people.

Yulan Lawson (156)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 3:14 pm

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 4:01 pm
About 100 years ago, Mate Balota wrote a poem about a goat's role in poor Istrian family life.

"Four hours my mother hiked,
fifty thousands steps she made,
to bring me a message
about our goat's decease...
(description of poet's family hard life)
three days I could not take a nip,
three nights I cried for our goat,
and I worked in fever fourteen hours a day..."

To have a goat means that, when everything else fails, there will be milk for kids and old people so they won't starve. Goat is highly appreciated as a breadwinner.

Brian, thank you for this post.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 4:38 pm
Very Inspiring Thanks Brian

Magdalena M (0)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 4:51 pm
Thank you Brian. I am really happy to hear about this story. It is so good to read that those who need this the most are helped. And by other people. That there are good people on the Earth, who completely do not care about greed, but other people welfare.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 4:57 pm
Awesome & wonderful news for these people! Goat milk is suppose to be the very BEST! However, I do not drink it any way shape or form. Goats are known to eat anything & everything! I remember growing up we had a Nanny & Billy goat & they used to get into everything! Thanks Brian.

David C (131)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:12 pm
great story. thanks for sharing.

Carol H (40)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:31 pm
Good News! Goat's milk is the most easily digested milk and healthy too. Amazing what an improvement having a few barnyard animals can do.

beba h (89)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 5:32 pm
Hopefully the goats will be treated with kindness as well since they are sustaining the people--I am praying they are not eaten as a thank you as is usually the case from mankind.

Maria Eugenia Escobedo (33)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:06 pm
Congratulations to the team working in the project. It`s a good way to help these families and motivate them to share with others in their community, their benefits. I hope as Beba says, they use their nutritious milk and apreciate the wonderful gift these lovely animals represent for them and treat and care for them as they deserve.

Ariel P (48)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:06 pm
Thank You Brian, good luck with the program. I attended recently a lecture given by Kevin & Hannah Salwen, who donated nearly 1 mil to The Hunger Project. Villages in Ghana will have the resources to sustain themselves.

I believe in programs that empower and supply resources to African villages.

Peggy A (109)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:17 pm
Wonderful move to help these people.The goats rich milk will help to sustain them

Ellen Mcclamrock (2)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 8:33 pm
Thanks for sharing this

Sharon S (8)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 9:19 pm
Thank you for the inspiration of your goats as self-sustaining nourishment. Goats are wonderful and can get into all sorts of predicaments. But there should be enough area for them. Have you and the volunteers thought ahead to their feeding and care? Just so they don't overrun the desert? Hope it all works out to everyone's satisfaction. Wonderful things you are doing.

Olav Hector (4)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:17 pm
ubuntu !!! - humanity to others

Tuesday April 27, 2010, 11:57 pm
Thanks Brian for sharing this wonderful story and good luck with the program:)

sherrie e (147)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 12:53 am
Wonderful story! Great post! I hope that many more "sustainability" programs follow suit. We must all learn how sustainability will alleviate some of the poverty and hunger from this world. TY, Brian

Cynthia Falwell (137)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 1:21 am
Noted! Thank you for this uplifting story! Good post Brian!

Ness F (211)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 2:05 am
Awesome, thanks for sharing Brian! Brilliant concept, and after reading others posts pleased to hear that concerns re:erosion etc were well thought out in this wonderful project! 5 stars!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 2:40 am

Barbara B (4)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 2:43 am
Thanks so much Brian for posting this story. It is wonderful to hear that these people are empowered to help themselves and it gives them dignity too. Sounds like you have your heart in the right place too !! God bless you and all involved at Forgotten Voices :)

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (947)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 2:48 am

Ioan Pop (44)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:14 am
thank you for this post.

Barbara K (60)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:28 am
Noted with thanks, wonderful idea, wonderful story, Brian.

Michael O (176)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:38 am
A great feel-good story! Another reminder of how a little can go a long way in developing countries. Thanks for the post.

Virginie Duris (20)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:02 am
Très belle histoire et grand moment de charité pour ce peuple qui en a bien besoin!!!!!

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:32 am
Thanks for sharing this.

. (0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 5:51 am
Sí, Brian & amigos, la sustentabilidad es la llave( the key) por que lo respecto torne a las famílias! Muy bien piensado!! Quien sabe eso puede ser expandido por millares de regiones deste grandíssimo planeta Tierra...nosotros somos tan llenos de esperanza (hope)!! La action de sustentabilidad es un valioso paso (step) para la derrocada del subdesarrollo (underdevelopment) !! Many thanks, dear friends!! Vamos a seguirlos!! Let's follow and aplaud!!

SANDRA R (144)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:03 am
Wonderful story.Thank you Brian!!!!

Anne N (2)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:43 am
Thank you for posting, this is lovely

Annie Cowling (116)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 10:22 am
thank-you Brian

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 10:55 am

I agree with Catherine Turley - animals are not "ours" to "give" to each other to be "used" for purposes. Animals kept this way do NOT live good lives, and these farmers could very well have been given better access to plant stocks and water to help them establish and sustain themselves. I am not and never will be in favour of "programmes" which give away animals to live as captives waiting for hard work, malnutrition, abuse and slaughter.

This is NOT a karmically clean exchange, not be a long shot.

Alison A (244)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 4:28 pm
As long as they treat the goats right and they have a good life, this is great.

Please read and share, rescued horses will die without your support.

Lucy Schnupp (0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 6:52 pm
I liked the idea! more people should do that, i bet it is not impossibly expensive using the funds of an organization...

Veronica P (67)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 7:28 pm
Thanks :)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 9:11 pm
Congratulations to all workers in this projectc. It Is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of people and encourage them to participate with others in their community.
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Kaye S (45)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 9:47 pm
Praise God, how ingenius.

Nada A (35)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 11:07 pm
Thanks for sharing, nice story!:) wishing them better time...

yulia madjid (2)
Wednesday April 28, 2010, 11:12 pm
very nice story Brian..thanls for sharing :)

Elaine R (130)
Saturday May 1, 2010, 12:23 am
This is all well the poor goats are going to be eaten when stopped producing milk for them I feel for the goats

Emily P (11)
Wednesday May 5, 2010, 8:33 pm
Goat millk is healthier and better for you than cow's milk too..and don't need as much acreage to raise and care for. This is a wonderful idea and am glad to read about it.
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