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Farm Animals for Poor People


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#1 PT123

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:37 AM

There are a few charities around the world where donors can buy a farm animal to help poor people in rural areas. The animals can help with farming, provide milk, eggs, etc. for food. The costs are quite nominal. Attached are a couple of links to these organizations if anyone is interested in making a donation. This seems like a great way to help people help themselves at pretty inexpensive price. I'd also to be interested in hearing people's thoughts on these types of programs, etc.


http://www.heifer.or...NiFiG/b.204586/

http://www.worldvisi...mpaign=10152558

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 04:15 AM

I did not do a lot of investigation into Heifer, but I've given those certificates as presents because I thought it was a good idea.
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 04:33 AM

I have given presents of animals to people in the past, usually purchased through Oxfam. Haven't found much information on how well it helps the poor, but I find it a good thing to give children when I feel that their lives have become too commercial. Bit of a reality check for them.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 05:49 AM

I find it a good thing to give children when I feel that their lives have become too commercial. Bit of a reality check for them.


That was exactly my motivation for giving it as a gift rather than just sending in the money myself.
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Posted 15 November 2009 - 02:35 PM

Hello,

Just to clarify, this is not a solicitation for these two specific organizations - I just wanted to raise awareness of these types of programs and give people some ideas of how they could help out others. I hope that this will encourage giving through what ever avenue people are most comfortable with and perhaps tell others who don't visit this site about these types of programs.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 01:54 PM

These schemes could be a good idea, but I would hope that there are proper checks/systems in place.

Goats are particularly effective at destroying the landscape as they eat everything (I've seen villages where they have goats and there is nothing living around as all the grass, shrubs and bushes are eaten). The schemes need to make sure that the local area can support more goats etc before providing any.
I dont know what help they give to the recipients - ideally they need some education and information on caring for the animals.






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