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10/18/2012

Distribution of Goats Thereafter

JEN has been providing support to displaced people who find refuge in UC Band Kurai of Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province by distributing goats for their recovery of livelihood.
The project has been completed about 70% so far. In late September, JEN’s local staff visited community where goats had been distributed, and had a meeting with the people there to listen to their opinions about JEN and its project.

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We would like to share with you some of the conversation from the meeting.

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Mr. Abdul Ghani had no other choice like other displaced people but to leave all of his farm animals in South Waziristan. Before his escape, he had lived on the dairy product made from his farm animals. However, things can’t be done the same as only packaged milk is available in safe havens.
Mr. Ghani received goats with the support by JEN, and twin baby goats were born in the evening 23 days before the meeting. He told us he was happy because he has 1.5 liters of milk daily even excluding the milk for breast-feeding baby goats.
Nine-year-od  Habibullah who joined the meeting with his father brought a goat and its baby goat there. Habibullahsaid, “I’m happy to put the goats to graze near my place after coming back from school. I and a baby goat are good friends while playing. I will take a good care of it until it grows up.”

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Mr. Loi khan told us about his lost-brother’s wife, Ms. Maryam Bibi. She received a nanny goat and her baby goat which had been born at JEN’s storage. The goat produces 1.7 liters of milk every day. She uses 0.7 liters of it as dietary, and sells the rest of it to her neighbors and gets 70 Pakistan Rupees per day as revenue. She is so happy now she can live an independent life.
54-year-old Mr. Ali Rehman lost his leg because of land mine explosion during the battle. Mr. Ali Rehman also received a nanny goat and its baby goat, and has 1.9 liters of milk every day. Mr. Ali Rehman consumes 0.5 liters of it at home. He sells 1.4 liters to his neighbors and uses the revenue for paying medical bills. The goat makes money for his treatment.

Conditions vary in each family even though they are from the same area. We learned that distributed goats are used based on each family’s needs.

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October 18, 2012 in Pakistan |