You Can Help Typhoon Victims: GOAT DISPERSAL PROJECT

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Just days before Christmas 2015, Typhoon Nona struck Banton Island, Philippines leaving behind complete devastation. Coconut trees uprooted, houses in ruins, no power or water. In some communities only two houses were left standing in the wake of this storm. An estimated $3,053,600 USD of destruction was sustained including the demolition of agricultural crops and livestock essential for food and livelihoods.

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I recently visited some of these communities now 2 months after Typhoon Nona and the damage is still omnipresent. Families are trying to rebuild, but it takes a coconut tree 10 years after planting to bear fruit, meaning that what was formerly these families’ primary source of income will not be viable again until 2026. These families are in need of a solution NOW!

Help me raise money to provide one goat to each family impacted by Typhoon Nona on these islands. SEE MY PROJECT

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The primary aim of this project is to restore food security and a means of income to indigenous peoples of Romblon who sustained partial or complete damage from Typhoon Nona. The grant will fund the purchase of one goat per affected indigenous family in 3 barangays. Each family which receives a goat will be required to return one female goat after the first birthing allowing the program to expand to additional barangays and two other islands also affected by this typhoon.

In addition to receiving a goat, each family will receive one follow-up visit by an experienced goat farmer following the receipt of the goat to ensure health of the animal is maintained and answer any additional questions which arise from the family after an initial period of care.

This visit is also designed to assist and advise families on the nature of goat farming business so that each goat will be both a source of food and income. Contact information will be provided for a veterinarian should the families have a medical emergency for their goat. This veterinarian has offered to perform basic services free of charge for this program.

In the second round of goat dispersal, both the original goat farmer and one member of the original recipient group of IP families will advise the second round of recipients. By the third and future rounds of goat dispersal, all advising needs for new families will be conducted through the recipient family leaders. The municipal community has contributed to this project by completing a destruction assessment and identifying those families in need. Members of the National Commission on Indigenous People will act as the distribution and implementation labor force for this project.

It costs approximately $70 USD to purchase and deliver a goat to one family. Help us reach our goal! DONATE

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Note: If you donate $70 or more please send an email to bycesj@g.cofc.edu and you can name your goat. I will send you an email back when the project is completed with a photo of your goat and its new family. Thanks!

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