A one-off donation to enable a poor Nepalese family to buy animals which will improve their income level is a wonderful gift and you can monitor the progress of the family receiving the pigs or goats. All families eligible to participate in this programme must be severely financially destitute, with parents and children illiterate, and with no family members attending school.
To date 147 families in the HHCP "give a gift that grows" pig/goat programme have been helped and this has a direct impact on over 700 people.
Reach Out Nepal supporters have bought 51 goats. Some people have been given goats from friends in lieu of a gift, others have given them as gifts or have bought them for themselves.
Donors may fund either:
- a goat with two kids for $AUD 215 or
- a pair of piglets for $AUD 130.
You will receive a photo of the sponsored family and updates (which are irregular due to the lack of internet access in the mountains).
All the animals provided are owned by the children of the family, so it is their responsibility to care for them, as the success of the project will ensure there are funds for educational opportunities beyond school. All families participating in these programs must sign an agreement that
- their children will attend school
- funds from one in every two sales of the off-spring will go towards their children’s education
- they will save in the village community’s “micro-savings program” every month (thus encouraging them to save for the future; records of their savings are kept and interest is earned on these funds)
- commits them to give back to the community in the form of a goat or piglet within a reasonable time frame so that other families may be helped.
The HHCP Committee volunteers visit the homes of the pig/goat recipient families on a set day each month to collect money to be banked. The families have bank passbooks with records kept of their bank accounts and they earn interest on these funds. This alone is teaching these families such incredible skills for the future, and they are no longer living day to day, hand to mouth.
A new model of pig farming has just been introduced where 5 families have been given a set of piglets each that are all farmed in the same area. The families share the responsibilities of caring for all the piglets, of building a common pig house and sharing in the feeding thus encouraging them to work together as a community.