You can learn a lot about goats from social media: they scream like humans, make decent yoga partners, and there's even a goat emoji if you're ever at a loss for words. How often do we realize that a goat can mean everything, even survival, to a refugee family? In northern Jordan, this is the reality for hundreds of Syrian families who have lost everything.
We have worked closely with a local Jordanian charity to carefully select 400 of the most vulnerable families in the Al-Mafraq area of Northern Jordan. Each family will receive two milk-producing goats, which will produce daily milk, providing critical vitamins and nutrition for the children and elderly. Families can also produce milk products such as butter and cheese. Beyond caring for their own families, they will be able to sell some of the product for a small source of income. Goats are low-maintenance animals who are able to eat the wild vegetation in this area. The Bedouin culture is also familiar with using goat fur to create tents, which provides a waterproof, wind-resistant, portable structure for protection from the elements that allows for much better ventilation.
So far, we have purchased and distributed 576 goats. Our goal is 800. With your support, we will purchase and distribute several more over next several months. The goats are always vet-inspected and purchased from reputable Jordanian breeders. Jordan's economy is quite strong, so adult, milk-producing goats go for just under $300 each. They will live for 10-12 years. LHI nor any of its partner orgs benefit financially from this campaign. All funds go towards purchasing the goat and minimal admin, such as gasoline for delivering hundreds of goats across a wide expanse.
Will the goats get stolen? How will the goats eat? What if the goats get sick? Do the refugees even want goats? See our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS