When we first start working with a community, it always very humbling to see the tribe bring out the most at-risk individuals to receive their goats. More often then not, they are so malnourished that their hair is falling out and changing colors, their eyes are yellow, and their stomachs protrude awkwardly from the rest of their body. I saw one lady who had to be transported around in a wheel-barrel by her granddaughter because she was so weak. On that same trip we visited a nearby tribe that we had visited 1 year earlier. We were happy to see that most of these same symptoms had disappeared since our last visit. Their goat population had multiplied, and the people were much stronger and healthier. We will continue to return to these communities and make sure that every individual eventually receives a goat, and that their herd remains self-sustainable, eventually creating economic opportunity for their futures.
We are so grateful for all of our donors’ help in making this all possible. We recognize that the goat delivery has been slower than anticipated, due to travel and political restrictions. We are indebted to our on-sight volunteers who dedicate their precious time to ensure that our operations run as smoothly as possible! As of the time of this post we have nearly 2000 goats that have been purchased and are pending delivery! We recognize that about 900 of these are behind schedule, and we are working our hardest to get the goats there as safely and as quickly as possible. Thank you for understanding the time delays and we hope that you will continue to invest in the people of South Sudan!