Send a Cow supports thousands of families in Africa, lifting communities out of poverty through various schemes.
This includes training in farming techniques, tackling issues such as gender inequality, alongside social and business development skills.
Equipped with this fundamental knowledge, families are able to fend for themselves in the worst of circumstances.
Send a Cow also organises gift distribution where families are presented with animals like cows and chickens, to provide milk and eggs and other sellable goods.
Not only will an animal bring monetary benefits, but it also adds new range of skills to the family.
Rotary members from across Great Britain and Ireland have raised over £19,000 for the Ugandan Orphans Project in the past three years.
So far, this life changing initiative has reached over 400 households in the Rakai district, in central Uganda.
They found themselves struggling when they lost both parents to AIDS-related illnesses.”
Rotary funding has secured access to food and clean water for orphans in the area.
For people like Kasiita and his siblings, Send a Cow has made a huge difference.
They found themselves struggling when they lost both parents to AIDS-related illnesses.
However, Send a Cow stepped in to offer Kasiita and his family support.
Kasiita now shares his farming knowledge in the role of a peer farmer.
He said, “Life is good. We can bathe…we can afford soap to wash. I am happy with myself.
“I am now a teacher in the community. Teaching other orphaned children about good behaviour, keeping clean, growing vegetables around their homes, but more importantly I have been able to fend for my siblings.”
Further training has meant that families like Kasiita’s can now sell their dairy produce to sell at markets.
Also, an increase in health and nutrition levels has allowed many young children to return to education.
A recent development has seen the creation of the ‘Watering the Future’ project.
Last summer, Rotary members, whilst volunteering with Send a Cow, discovered a need for clean water delivery in Kakroa.
With less than an inch of rain over the course of months, many families face the serious risk of water shortages.
Water which does manage to flow is mainly dirty, and over 70% of families are forced to find water from unhygienic sources.
To combat this, Send a Cow is now ‘spring capping’.
Over 70% of families are forced to find water from unhygienic sources.”
This process involves capturing spring water from the source and diverting it to a tap.
Not only does this protect water from contamination, but also improves access for the community. The aim is to provide safe water for the community.
Find out more about Send a Cow by visiting their website.