Why Goats?

Goats can graze easily on the grasses of South Sudan. They provide milk (up to a liter a day) and cheese. She goats multiply. Goats are used for food and their dung is used as fertilizer. By pooling resources, neighbors can begin micro-businesses as small dairies.

Do these goats get eaten?

Sadly, some of the male goats will be used as food. Ellen does not eat meat and it makes her very sad to think of this. However, looking into the eyes of people who often eat every other day makes her sadder.

Why do these goats cost $60.00 while some organizations charge $120.00?

Some organizations operate worldwide and they must average the cost of a goat. In Southern Sudan we can purchase a goat and transport it for $60.00. Major overhead is being paid by private donor. All over head is being paid by a private donor. Every dollar goes to a goat and transporting it to the recipient.

How do the goats get distributed?

Goats For The Old Goat gave goats to the women who have been in our PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) breathing group and to the polio survivors who we work with. We will continue to give a goat to women who enter the PTSD breathing group and any survivors of polio that we have identified. These are small numbers of people. Now that we have enough donations of goats we will give goats to returning slaves in South Sudan. These people were taken as war booty during the war with the North, which lasted from 1983-2005. Most of them have experienced horrible abuse including stabbings, beatings and gang rapes, not to mention forced work and constant hunger. For more information on this click here.

Slaves are being returned in exchange for cow vaccine and unlike other conflict areas, they are safe once they are in the South as there is no war now. However, up to 35,000 people remain in the North against their will. In addition to Sacks of Hope, which is a survival kit containing a pot, tarp, mosquito net and other items, these people will now get a she goat as they return form the North. Every returnee will be photographed with their goat

How quickly are goats distributed? When will the people get their goat?

We now have several families keeping goats for us. Due to fear of disease we choose to keep goats in groupings of 25-30. Although there is a vaccine, there are other problems that may affect goats so we want to minimize our risk factors by keeping small groupings of goats. Slave liberations take place four to six times yearly, so goats will be collected at that time and sent via a truck to where the slaves have come in from the North.

Will I get a photo of my goat?

If you give a goat or a wheelchair as a gift or as a donation without it being a gift you will get an immediate certificate — Goat photos may take months until we have distributed all the goats — but you will get a photo of your goat just like the people in the above pictures. If you give a partial goat or wheelchair we will put several names on the sheet with your chair or goat unless you tell us not to. We are the ONLY group giving out animals that does this.

How can I give a gift of goats?

We will send either a gift card stating the gift or an e-card with the details of your gift.

Is everything I purchase tax deductible?

All goats are tax deductible. Items purchased in our store are not. We will send you an email and certificate for your tax deduction.

I would like to have a fundraiser for Goats For The Old Goat, how do I do that?

Contact our office and we will set you up with videos and other materials. You can contact us at: fundraisers@goatfortheoldgoat.com.

How do you protect against disease? How do you replace goats that die?

If you donate a goat you get a goat. We are committed to that! Some goats die, but our small farm system breeds goats so our hope is that will take care of any goats who do not make it. We are aware of the many diseases that goats can get. The primary diseases prevalent in South Sudan are:

PPR- Peste des Petits Ruminant; CCPP –Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia; Sheep-Goat Pox; Mange; External parasites; Foot Rot and Worms. Our Certified Veterinarian Assistant , James Garang examines the Goats and administers the vaccines and basic care of disease.

How do you determine the costs of a goat? Why has the cost gone up since you started “Goats For The Old Goat?”

When we started “Goats for the Old Goat” the border with the North of Sudan was open. Now, many things have become more expensive, including the costs of goats. We determined that goats would be $60.00 per goat but due to the Independence of South Sudan (July 9, 2011) prices have gone up as much of the trading with the North has virtually stopped in the area where we operate and transportation of items and animals has become more expensive.

Currently, we purchase goats at the market and we are hoping that by keeping the goats in groups of fifty it lessens the chance for any spread of disease and that we can meet our price goals by some goats having kids. Our aim is to distribute goats every three months and to keep breeding mothers longer to produce goats to keep costs steady.

Based on a three month cycle currently our costs are as follows:

  1. Goat purchase $40.00
  2. Supervisor of Goat project in South Sudan, $2.00 per Goat
  3. Vet Care and vaccinations- $3.00 per Goat
  4. Ten Goat herders and goat care (50 Goats per herder) $ 10.00 per Goat
  5. Transportation to recipients -$ 2.00 per Goat
  6. Accounting and USA supervision- $3.00 per Goat

You have an interesting story about your Vet care. What is the story of your Vet Assistant?

The James Garang Story:

Our Veterinarian Assistant’s story is like many citizens of South Sudan. In 1985 as a boy he was chased by the Arab Murahalin where they took cows and goats that belonged to people in the village. Twenty people were shot to death in the village raid. He was rounded up in a slave/cattle raid but was released after the Murahalin took what they wanted from his village. He then walked three months to safety in Ethiopia.

During this time he lost contact with his mother. His mother and two siblings went to Khartoum in the North and lived in the Jabarona Internally Displaced Persons Camp (the literal meaning of Jabarona is “we are forced”) after his mother saved up enough money as a day worker to escape further village raids. On his run away from his village he saw two people beaten to death and another two men slaughtered.

He was forced to flee Ethiopia. There he was trained for the SPLA (Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army – the rebel group that formed the Government of the new Republic of South Sudan.) After harrowing experiences as a “lost boy” he reached safety in Kenya. He lived in the refugee camp Kakuma for eleven years.

While at Kakuma, he received an education and then decided to go to South Sudan’s two year Veterinarian Assistant diploma course because “livestock is the bank of our people.” Like many people in South Sudan, James Garang has repeated dreams about the war but they have been less frequent lately. He is married and has children who are now in school.

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