Goal: zero hunger. Adopt a goat and feed a family in Malawi for a year

  • 30 is the number of goats for the Vets for Africa project that you can adopt this year.

  • 30 is also the price for the adoption.

  • With that money, you make it possible to feed a goat, which can help improve the nutrition of a Malawian family for a year thanks to the production of milk and meat.

What do Vets for Africa professors and students do?

Bettering the nutrition and food safety of the population is the goal of the project.

Since 2015 they have been working to improve the livestock production in Malawi, improving the animals in a genetical and sanitary way. This way they increase the milk and meat production, and they also get a better nutritional condition of the human population.

 How does adopting goats better the nutrition of the population?

With the production of food made thanks to goat milk, the population has access to more nutritious foods that better their nutritional condition. The quantity of milk that an animal gives depends on various factors, being their breed one of the most important ones. For this reason, the vets have chosen the Boer goats and each year they realize inseminations to better the genetics of the flock. The male goats also better the nutrition of the population thanks to their meat production.

How can you help?

There are many ways to contribute. Find out which one suits your donation best:

30 euros. Adopt a goat for a year

      • With this money, you can feed a goat for an entire year. This helps improve the populations’ nutrition.
      • The animal gets veterinary treatment.
      • You will get an adoption title with the picture of your goat.
      • A picture of your goat will be sent to your email twice a year.
      • You can adopt a goat between multiple people, and then give us up to 6 email addresses per goat, where everyone will get the updates.
      • There is no permanency. Each year you can decide if you want to donate again or not.

10 euros. Better the nutrition of a goat with food supply for a year

      • Bettering the nutrition of a goat helps to improve the production of nutritious food for the local population.

5 euros. Deworming + vaccines for a goat

      • The parasites and illnesses that affect goats are numerous. Keeping the goats in good health condition is essential to make sure the nutrition of the local population continues to get better.

3 euros. Deworming for a goat

      • The parasites that affect goats are numerous. Keeping the goats in good health condition is essential to make sure the nutrition of the local population continues to get better.

How can I participate?

It’s really easy and it will only take you a couple of minutes:

  1. Soon after making the donation, you will get a confirmation email. In the case of having donated for adoption, you will receive a catalog with the goats you can adopt. Once you have picked yours, we will send you a certificate of adoption with the picture of the goat you have adopted.

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Why Malawi?

  • It’s one of the least developed and more densely populated countries in the world.
  • The economy is strongly based on agriculture, with almost 85% of the population living in rural areas.
  • 45% of the population is less than 15 years old and two-thirds of the farmers are women. This means that women are the principal producers for household consumption and for sales.
  • The data given by UNICEF in 2010 shows that child mortality reaches 10% and that when a baby is born its life expectancy is of 54 years.
  • Some numbers of the project testify that only 16% of the population consumes meat regularly, while 55% eats fish due to the proximity to the Malawi lake. However, the protein intake from vegetables and animals is minimal.
  • The government has launched annual campaigns to fight the stunted growth.
  • Other data shows that 7% of the population doesn’t wash their hands before eating and 54% doesn’t wear footwear regularly.

These are all the activities that Vets for Africa carries out in Malawi:

    • Sampling and diagnosing the principal illnesses caused by parasites in animals.
    • Gynecological veterinary clinic with assisted reproduction techniques to better the genetics of the animals.
    • Training in ruminants handling and reproduction.
    • Creating a beekeeping settlement (10-12 hives) and offering training in the handling and reproduction of the honeybee.
    • Teaching activity and evaluation of the quality of education in the ambit of primary and secondary education.
    • Diagnosing pathologies and deworming to improve the health of the animals. Establishing control of the zoonosis.
    • Technical training of the farmers in handling ruminants.
    • Conservation and bettering of the already existent Boer goats and Frisona – Holstein cows. Nowadays, this flock has turned into a way of genetic improvement for the farmers of the region, who obtain reproducers of high quality from there.
    • Workshops about food conservation, influencing the formation in process of food drying as a conservation method.
    • Support for the foundations breastfeeding project, with the training about the nutrition of pregnant women. Creation of a pilot camp of Moringa oleifera.
    • Reinforcement of the teachers in chores and educational infrastructures.

    If you want to get more information about the solidarity project Vets For Africa take a look at the website: http://www.vetsforafrica.com/

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