This program was initiated in December of 2011 with the objective of helping the school and the families of the village of Sibert to become more independent. Similar programs around the world have proven to be very successful in affording small communities greater self-sufficiency as well as being remarkably sustainable in the developing economies.
Each animal breeding pair is very much like a small business opportunity, which allows the participating families to:
- learn animal husbandry skills
- supplement food supply (increasing valuable protein supplementation)
- sell the offspring for profit
- learn business management skills
- contribute to their school and community
In order to receive animals the participant must first be able to care for the animal requested and agree to “pay back” the gift by giving back some of their animal’s offspring. The school can then use or re-distribute the animals to the next family on the waiting list.
The school continues to assist the family with follow-up care and frequent visits. They can also provide training (if needed) and guidance as well as oversee the Veterinary Care fund.
Almost every family from the school signed up for the program and most have received their animals.
Livestock are purchased directly at the near-by markets, which also contributes directly to the local economy.
This is a great way to fundraise within a community group, class or as individuals. Larger groups could raise the funds for a larger animal and individuals can focus on smaller animals. Some groups have even raised money for a “farm”- purchasing some of each.
- The program was established after $1800.00 was raised by Muskoka Community Church and Bracebride High School in Muskoka, Canada.
- United Presbyterian Church in Middletown, New York raised $580.00 for the program for the purchase of goats and more turkeys.
We are happy to report that the animal program is working well. All school families are enrolled, and at this time the program is self-sustaining.