Goat Programme



In ensuring that the families supported by WU are Self-sustained, WU embarked on a female goat project, this has been done repeatedly since inception of the programme,and this project benefits have not only impacted on the lives of the sponsored families but to the community as well.  Since inception some families can now share and a few can also sell some little milk to their neighbours from these goats and this has improved family‚Äôs source of income. The manure obtained from the goats is used to add fertility to the soils and thus improving food production.


This year all the sponsored children were issued with one female goat aging between 12 to 16 months to add on the stock that they already have, this project is expected to ensure that the families have resources of their own which they can use for their continuity way beyond the sponsor period.

 

Through collaboration with the ministry of livestock and veterinary departments from both Tharaka north and south all the goats were vaccinated to enable them withstand against illness that may arise as a result of environmental change and make adaptability easy, deworming which should be done repeatedly every three months was done too and they were also ear tagged with children Identification numbers.


For upgrading purpose all the catchments were also issued with one pure male Galla, this was done through well-structured groups within the catchment, further intention is to move the bucks across the catchment areas to avoid line breeding and inbreeding, the ultimate result is to improve on the quality of the kids bred from these female goats.  The goat project has proved to be the best sustainability component in the WU programme and where the proper care and management is used many benefits have been realized.