BENEFITING: WORLD CONCERN DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
Education has an important impact not only for the individual, but for whole communities. In parts of the world where child marriage is prevalent, providing a child with education can be a fight against tradition and poverty. When parents are forced to choose between educating a boy are a girl, they are more likely to send their sons to school. Whole families and communities suffer from this.
– One extra year of school boosts a girl’s future wages by 10-20 percent.
– A girl who completes basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.
– Education drastically reduces child marriage. On average, a girl with 7 years of education will marry 4 years later and have 2.2 fewer children.
- A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
Educated children are less likely to be sick, to pass on sickness, they provide better for their families and better their communities. Buying a goat for a child relieves economic pressure and empowers them to attend school. With income earned from milk and the sale of offspring, she is able to pay for school, healthy food, and other necessities. In partnership with schools and churches,
World Concern gives a female goat to a young girl who also receives basic goat husbandry training so she knows how to take care of her goat. Once the goat has babies, the first kid is given back to the program so another child can benefit. Then all other kids that the female goat gives birth to can be sold by the girl to pay for school fees and other related costs such as books, materials and uniforms.
It costs $43 to buy a goat for a girl. For some of us, that's less than a dinner out. For others, that's a week's worth of groceries. I am calling on my little corner of the world, (which includes people from both ends of that spectrum) to send at least 100 girls to school this year, so I'm setting the goal at $4500. It's back to school time- let's help these girls go back to school!
Testimonial from World Concern's website:
Since receiving her goat, Rosemena has sold 21 offspring—enough to pay for high school and now college, where she’s studying to be a medical technician!