We start with a goat
Why community development and not just relief? Simple. Relief, though temporarily helpful, is a quick-fix. Community development addresses the root of the problem, while fostering empowerment and transforming lives.
We start with one materially-poor family. We provide them a dairy goat along with veterinary support and agriculture training. We offer spiritual sustenance through the Gospel. We help them set goals. We watch them succeed.
A goat is more than just an animal; it’s like an efficient engine. Goats provide up to four liters of rich milk a day, which initially is used to sustain families, providing much-needed nutrition. Their manure fertilizes crops which doubles the harvest. Eventually, families can sell goat milk and use that income to send children to school, build safe and structurally-sound homes, start independent businesses and pay for medical expenses. .
FAMILY IN NEED
We start with a materially-poor family.
We provide them a dairy goat along with veterinary support and agriculture training. We offer spiritual sustenance.
Goats provide rich milk every day, their manure fertilizes crops, and eventually families can sell goat milk for income.
PAYING IT FORWARD
When goats breed, the first-born doe is passed on to another family in need.
A cycle for good
To make this cycle sustainable, another element is necessary. It’s called a Pass-On.
NEW COMMUNITIES AND VILLAGES
When goats breed, the first-born doe is passed on to another family in need. Through this process, an entire village can be lifted out of poverty and into a culture of sustainability.
Restoring right relationships
We believe success is achieved through strong relationships with God, self, others and the rest of creation.
We believe all of us have at least one broken relationship that falls into one of four categories: with God, self, others and the rest of creation. When we start addressing those relationships, transformation begins. Without this key piece, we aren’t changing lives in a deeper way.
Community development changes a culture. But, it takes time.
Although relief is an easy way to send support to rural and impoverished communities during crises, it can lead to a culture of dependency and entitlement. Food For His Children believes it’s important to let goat recipients do what they can for themselves. With the right tools, education and support, lives and communities can be transformed.
Food for His Children is a Christian organization, but our services are open to all people. We do not proselytize and do not require people become or state they are Christians in order to receive services or participate in any Food for His Children programs. All all welcome.
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We begin this transformational journey by meeting our families exactly where and as they are.
We partner with local village and church leaders to do three things: invite, equip, deploy.