Goats for Girls was established in 2012 by 15 year old Jannine Koert.
Jannine went to Malawi for the first time in 2010. She had an amazing trip, and was able to build close friendships with girls living in the areas she visited. In 2012, Jannine was excited to travel back to Malawi to see her friends again. However, a big surprise was waiting for her when she arrived back in her friends’ villages: many of the girls she met only 2 years before were married. They were only 14.
When Jannine returned to Canada, she realized she had to help these girls change the situation they were in. And so, Goats for Girls was born.
Goats for Girls uses sustainable means to empower vulnerable girls with the resources they need to break from the cycle of poverty. We encourage girls to complete their educations, and use our contact with them as an opportunity spread the light of God’s Word. Goats for Girls seeks to create mature, knowledgeable, and loving mothers who instruct and care for their children and play an active role in improving their communities.
“Give a man a fish and he has food for a day, but give a man a fishing pole and he has food for a lifetime.”
This is the Goats for Girls approach. We give girls what they need to help themselves get ahead. Whether it be material goods, encouragement, or a peer-support group, the things we give our girls allow them to stay in school without growing dependent on Goats for Girls for daily assistance.
Women Helping Women is proud to have partnered with Goats for Girls and together we have made a difference:
Dear Women Helping Women:
A few months ago, we received a wonderful donation from your organization, amounting to $5,525. This donation has gone very far over the past few months and has caused many new exciting developments to occur in our Goats for Girls project.
In the summer of 2018, just before we had presented for WHW, we had chosen a new group of 20 girls in the village of Khoko (Malawi), as well as a new group of girls in the village of Thonje (Malawi). As these girls are located quite far from our usual locations, we decided to start the groups off by purchasing new goats, using the $5,525 donation, instead of using our normal goat pass on strategy. Each girl received 2 female goats. One or two boer goats (male goats) was also given to each group for breeding purposes. Each goat was also vaccinated, to help fight against the diseases and infections that are common among goats in the surrounding area. This was all done in the month of November.
Below is a summary of how the funds were used (in Malawian Currencies):
Description 1 Unit (MKW) Total (MKW)
40 Female goats (Khoko) 30,000 1,200,000
38 Female goats (Thonje) 30,000 1,140,000
3 Boer goats 60,000 180,000
2 bottles of disease prevention vaccines 30,000 60,000
Total Malawian Kwachas spent 2,580,000
Total CANADIAN $ $4,777.778
This left us with about $725 to continue developing the project. We had several girls in another village group, which was started a few years ago, that needed to have goats replaced because their previous goats had died due to disease. These goats were also vaccinated as soon as the girls were given ownership. Our project manager in Malawi managed to obtain these goats for a slightly lower price than those mentioned above. Below is the summary of those purchases.
Description 1 Unit (MKW) Total (MKW)
12 Female Goats (Julias) 26,000 312,000
1 Bottle of Vaccines 30,000 30,000
Total Malawian Kwachas Spent 342,000
Total Canadian $ Spent $626.79
Adding up the total costs of the two events mentioned above amounts to: $4,777.778 + $626.79 = $5404.56. This left approximately $120 to spend, which covered part of the total cost for the transportation of purchased goats to the proper locations (Khoko, Thonje, and Julias).
On behalf of the Goats 4 Girls beneficiaries and Project Manager, we as board members wish to extend our gratefulness for the donations that were received after we presented our cause. It was wonderful to see a room full of passionate and likeminded people, ready to change the world in such an amazing way. Below this letter I have included some pictures from the events that were mentioned above. The quality of the photos is not the best as they were taken with a cellphone. We also do not have photo evidence of the girls receiving their goats in Thonje. I hope the pictures received are enough to show how well the money was used. If not, feel free to contact us and we will ask some of our contacts in Malawi to get some more photos. Members of the G4G board hope to visit the project again in May 2019 and August 2019 as well.
The donation of $5,525 has been so beneficial to Goats 4 Girls, and we and all who are involved will be forever grateful!
Zikomo Kwambiri! (Thank-you in Chichewa – the language spoken in Malawi)
Goats for Girls