Better grades for goats

I got home early yesterday morning from a short (productive) project in Haiti!

This was Phase 2 of the Gift a Goat program started last year by me and my sister, Helene.

We had Dana and John return with us for their second time in Marbial and Chelsey joined us for her first time volunteering abroad. Our team worked together well and we were able to split up to work on different aspects of the project.  Dana and Helene focused on training the new students who will be recipients of the Phase 2 goats (35 goats) while also checking on the Phase 1 goats.  Chelsey, John and I worked on the Phase 2 goats by checking, tagging and deworming them.

We were all so excited to see the students from our December trip bringing us their goats to check and showing off some babies that were born while we were gone.  The students took really good care of their goats and they were very healthy. We did lose one goat out of the 32 given to students, but we expected that might happen. There was an illness killing goats all over the mountain. Ours survived while most others did not. The loss of goats from larger herds increased the price we paid for our Phase 2 goats at the market. We were only able to purchase 30 goats with the money that should have bought us 37 goats. “Supply and demand” even in the most remote places. The good news is that another organization donated 7 goats so our number of goats for students stayed the same!

We also found out that the grades of the older students has increased because of our goat program.  Why? Because the students awarded with goats receive them based on grades. Now, all the older students are performing better in school in order to try to receive a goat. So cool!

Below are some photos from the trip.  I will not be putting a video together just yet, because I am preparing to leave for Panama on Wednesday morning. Enjoy the photos for now 🙂

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The Goat Team (John, Cait, Dana, Helene, Chelsey)
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One of our little Phase 1 goats with her baby 🙂
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Marbial, Haiti
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A soon-to-be-mama Goat from our Phase 1 goats. The little owner is so proud – he says she is his little friend and he brushes and cares for her daily
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Another student from Phase 1 has a healthy mama and baby!
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Marlaine (Founder of Faith & Love in Action and all-around AWESOME woman) trying goats milk from one of our Phase 1 goats! The first goat’s milk she has ever tried! Dana milked the goat 🙂
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just truckin’ along
These big guys only come out at night when we want to go to the bathroom
These big guys only come out at night when we want to go to the bathroom
Chelsey, our newest teammate, working on one of our Phase 2 goats while John keeps the goat calm
Chelsey, our newest teammate, working on one of our Phase 2 goats while John keeps the goat calm
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Market day in Marbial
kids on the their way home from the market
kids on the their way home from the market
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I do not usually get a window seat, but I am so glad I had one for the return flight!
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