Moo-ving on up! A heifer is a young cow that will grow up into a source of milk, cheese, fertiliser and ploughing power. Cows can also be bred and either passed on to other community members or sold for a profit.
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The cow. It’s a humble, serviceable animal, not known for its beauty and often teased for being less than intelligent. But the gift of a young cow, a heifer, can make a big difference in the lives of marginalised people in Afghanistan, where TEAR’s partner SERVE is working. Vulnerable families in the community are identified and provided with a heifer (or in some cases, a goat), as well as training in milk processing, cheese making and marketing skills. This helps them not only access protein-rich milk and cheese for their families but is also a means of making extra income.
Moh. Y, a recipient of the program, was living with his family, earning very little and struggling to pay off mounting debts. He was selected to be part of the program and received a heifer. He says: “After a period of time my cow gave birth. We got milk from our cow and started making cheese, ghee and dried curd from the milk. We use some of these milk products for our children, and I sell the rest in the bazaar to receive some income.”
He has now paid off his debts and been able to buy some land to build a home. “My life has changed a lot. I am very thankful.”
Enabling vulnerable families to gain access to heifers and goats is only one part of SERVE’s work. It also implements activities like adult literacy courses and community Self-Help Groups, which meet together and access training in health, gender equity, advocacy and how to care for the environment.
Your gift of a heifer is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – SERVE
SERVE’s guiding principle is the Afghan proverb, “Qatara qatara, darya mesha!” (“Drop by drop, a river is made.”) In a context of civil war, political and economic instability, TEAR’s Christian-based partner seeks to serve the people of Afghanistan, particularly the most marginalised. Their work focuses on community development, education and vocational training for Afghans with disabilities, and public health/nutrition education.