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Tangible gifts like goats, seeds and school latrines are fun holiday gift-giving ideas, but also mean so much more to the children and families who receive them. Here's just a small sampling of how your donations to the Best Gift Ever symbolic gift program change lives.
Assibi Akanpie received two goats and a sheep
Yebongo, Bolgatanga Municipality, Upper East Region of Ghana
Before I received my goats and sheep, I was unable to cater for the needs of my family, especially the children. I was not able to cater for their basic school needs or feed them nutritious meals throughout the year.
I received two goats and one sheep. I learned how to build appropriate housing to promote good health of the animals. I learned how to feed my animals regularly with supplementary feeds, especially in the dry season. I vaccinated my animals using professional veterinary officer and report to them if I detect any sign of ill-health.
Through livestock rearing, I have been able to feed my children nutritious meals. This has enhanced their health. I am proud that I have the knowledge and skill to manage livestock properly. It has contributed tremendously to settling my children’s school fees and buying their books with ease over the last year.
My future plans are to enhance my business by increasing the number of goats and sheep. If I sell some of them, I will use the proceeds to provide for my children’s education and I will also renew our health insurance.
Madam Assibi’s livestock business has helped her feed her children and send them to school “with ease.”