Livestock

Give the gift that keeps on giving!

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Benefits of Giving Livestock
Change lives by giving livestock – a gift that continues giving food and income for families in need. Working with our Partners of Hope and veterinary missionaries, families receive livestock and instruction on how to care for their animals.

How It Works
Choose the livestock you’d like to give. Consider partnering with your church, school, or Bible study group to raise funds for the most vulnerable of Rwanda.

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Flock of Chicks – $50
A flock of chicks can help widows and orphans add nourishing, life-sustaining eggs to their inadequate diets. Chickens require little space and thrive on readily available food scraps, so families don’t have to make large investments to raise them. Additionally, they help control insects and fertilize gardens.

ERM helps many hungry families with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year – plenty to eat, share, or sell. With ERM recipients’ commitment to pass on the offspring and training, the exponential impact of adding chickens to communities in poverty is truly a model that helps end hunger and poverty.

 

Goats 275x275Goats – $50
The gift of a dairy goat represents a lasting, meaningful way for you to help orphans and widows on the other side of the world. Goats are able to thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. The gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day – a ton of milk a year. Extra milk may be sold or used to make cheese, butter, or yogurt. Families also learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens. Goats often have two or three kids a year making it easy for ERM recipients to pass on the gift of a goat to another family in need. This great investment allows our partners to lift themselves out of poverty by starting small dairies that earn money for food, health care, and education.

 

 

Pig 275x275Pig – $100
Giving an animal through ERM is like creating “living savings accounts” for orphans and widows struggling families, and the pig may well be the most interest-bearing. Each gift can provide a valuable source of protein, income from the sale of offspring, and manure to nourish crops and soil, which increases crop yields.

Pigs need little land and can thrive on crop and garden by-product scraps. An average sow can provide a family with up to 16 piglets a year. Pigs usually double their three-pound birth weight in their first week and can grow to more than 200 pounds in six months! This fast-growing gift means communities can be quickly transformed as offspring and training are passed on and on.

 

 

Cow 275x275Cow – $500
(or share by 10 partners each giving $50)
When the family unit of a widow and orphans has a cow, every morning there’s a glass of rich milk for the children to drink before heading off to school. Classes are paid with the income from the sale of milk, and there’s even enough to share with the neighbors. A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk per day – enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing, and home improvements. Better still, every gift multiplies, as the animal’s first offspring is passed on to another family – then they also agree to pass on an animal, and so on. And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self-reliance. Now that’s a gift worth giving! Give a cow today!