The Cow/Goat Project

Christmas Cows & Gratitude Goats

We are looking for Cows to donate to widows in Africa.

  • Cross breed cows produce 5 X the milk of a local African cow thus giving women extra milk to sell
  • The cost of an “exotic” breed is $600 USD
  • The cow will be the property of a woman who will use the milk for her family and then the extra to make money for addition food and school fees.
  • Goal is 6 cows  (You can donate a partial amount towards this)  Total:  $3600

We are also looking for 50 goats to donate to families in Africa

  • Goats provide milk for a family
  • Cost of a goat is $65
  • Goal is 20 goats  Total:  $1300

In 2008, my parents and I donated $600 to buy a cow for a poverty-stricken family in Africa. Little did I know how much good this gift would do and how many-fold it would multiply.
As subsistence farmers, Nepha and her husband struggled to provide for their seven children (three sons and four daughters). However, their lives soon changed because my family and I chose to make our own Christmas more meaningful than simply buying more material gifts for each other. The gift of a cow to the this family was life changing……for the receiver and the giver.
The family named the cow Webbo in honor of our family. The purchase of an “exotic” breed of cow guarantees that a much larger volume of milk is produced (15X more!) Webbo gave enough milk to provide much needed nutrition for the family and extra milk to sell for cash. The family was now able to begin the climb out of poverty.  With careful management of their resources, soon the family was able to buy five chickens. In no time at all these hens laid eggs and hatched 50 chicks.
As these chicks grew they began to expand the population and they provided eggs to supplement the family diet with protein. In addition, all of the extra eggs were sold for more cash.  This enabled the oldest daughter Josephine to attend secondary school and she is now two years away from high school graduation (which was not even expected before the gift of Webbo the cow). Josephine is so grateful about being able to go to secondary school because 80% of the girls in Kenya are never able to complete that goal.
Webbo also produces a lot of manure; which the family puts on their kitchen garden and their fields of maize corn, ground nuts (peanuts), and their fruit trees.  The manure greatly enhances the fertility of the soil and thus, the production of their crops. Now the family has fresh fruits and vegetables to add to their diet and the extra produce is sold for …you guessed it…still more cash. With the cash they can now buy clothing, shoes, medicine and the rest of the children can get an education and they have!!!
The story just gets better and better. The cash from the sale of milk, chickens, eggs and produce has provided the funds to start a commercial fish farm where they are now growing 600 tilapia fish; which they will sell to restaurants and local markets.
Not only has this program dramatically affected this family, but because of the Global LifeVision sustainability program; that takes the first two heifer calves of each cow to help two other families, two other families are directly benefited and can also become self-reliant. Then these two families give their first two heifer calves to two more families…etc., etc., etc. Webbo has already produced two calves which has been given to two families and is expecting her third calf very soon. Now the family will keep all other offspring and begin to truly grow their cattle herd.
Imagine the feelings I had when I was able to meet this family in person and see Webbo, and witness the results of this self-sustaining gift I made several years ago. It was one of the most amazing experiences of his life. The family wept openly in gratitude and could not thank me enough for their wonderful new life. I also wept as I contemplated the magnitude of the results of my “investment”.

If you’re interested in donating to this project please see donation below.  100% of donations go to project (no overhead)

Christmas Cows & Gratitude Goats!  

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5 Comments

  1. Ann Webb 5 years ago January 26, 2017

    We have 12 “Christmas Cows” donated by 9 families and 18 individuals! They were distributed by our African Ideal LifeVision Coaches to poor widows in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. 5 goats were also distributed in Ghana! Thank you ! Together we make a difference!

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    • Sandra 3 years ago November 28, 2018

      What an amazing story of how one gift can increase exponentially for not only one family, but also for an entire community!

      I have a question: Is the “exotic” cow bred with an exotic male to continue production of high quality calves?

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      • Ann Webb 3 years ago November 28, 2018

        That is the GOAL – haha – but you know how that doesn’t always work out 😉

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  2. curt 3 years ago December 18, 2018

    can i donate cows or goats for someone else name?

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    • Ann Webb 3 years ago December 18, 2018

      You want to donate? to who?

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