ASHA’S GOAT PROJECT IN NEPAL
What does a goat mean to women and communities in Nepal?
Empowering Nepalese women and feeding families are important missions within the ASHA Project.
The women assisted via our goat project tell us that keeping goats increases their earnings, provides pediatric nutrition via milk and enables them to save for their children’s health and education. From feelings of marginalization and despair, these women are shaping their own destinies. They come together in new ways, discussing husbandry and feeding matters, behaviors and signs of goat health and well-being. Any feelings of despair fade away and are replacement by hope, togetherness, female-empowerment and influence.
Since 2013, The Friends of Nepal –New Jersey (now the Asha Project) has been helping women in Nepal. Our first project was launched in 2013 with a special orientation session on how to raise goats. This was held in the Godamchaur (district of Lalitpur, Nepal) and thirty-five women participated. From those 35, 25 were selected who were able to demonstrate the skills required to raise animals.
Since 2011 we have been distributing goats in many other villages and districts.
- Durlum Court (Parbat district) with the help of the Rotary Club of Hamilton
- Dharan – Auntie Carol’s Pasture (Eastern Nepal) – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
- Three sisters in Sindhupalchok District – Rotary club of Hamilton
- Rotary Village in Barumchuli, Patan. Various Rotary Clubs
- Godamchaur (district of Lalitpur, Nepal) – Friends of Nepal-NJ
HOW DO WE FEED 9.7 Billion PEOPLE?
By the year 2050, there will be 9.7 billion people on planet Earth. Currently, we’re failing to feed just over 7 billion.
To meet the ever-growing need for food while preserving the ecosystems we depend upon, humanity will need to innovate. Livestock systems must be available to impoverished communities, to decrease their environmental footprint, and to make products accessible to those who need them most.
The NEPAL Goat PROJECT is the brainchild of the Asha Project. We aim to achieve food security through environmentally sustainable interventions. We prioritize animal welfare and act on community-defined need as we work to solve one of the world’s toughest problems.
ASHA invites contributions, comments, ideas that will assist our pursuit of a fundamental human right – receiving food.
Next Step: Rotary Global Grant Project:
Goat farming is a profitable business with a low investment because of its multi-functional utility like meat and milk production. Goats are widely used livestock in Nepal. Goat farming will help to generate income in rural Nepal. Every year Nepal important more than 50,000 bucks from India and China so there is a very good market for the goal project.
SCOPE: 1000 WOMEN IN 10 DISTRICTS IN 5 YEARS
From those first 25 women going out to change their own lives and those of their communities via the Goat Project, 500 women are now engaged in making a positive sustainable difference.
Within the Goat Project, participants receive goats, plants for forage and fodder, group savings and micro credit loans, access to literacy and gender equity training.
Yet, although we are happy about our progress to date, we will not rest. Change is on the horizon. Your support helps the Asha Project train and equips Nepali women across 10 districts to dramatically increase family income, well-being and self-empowerment through the production and sale of goats and goat products.
Our goal is help Nepalese women’s groups, support women-led farmer cooperatives and women-led self-help groups that provide literacy, gender equity, group savings and other opportunities. ASHA wants women to flourish, and, in time, be completely self-directed and independent.
We know – because we have been told this – that this aim is shared by women worldwide. Therefore, once again, please consider becoming involved.
WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?
Let’s ask Yoda…
Yoda confirms that the Asha Project prides itself in transparency. 100% of your donation goes to the project.
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|Friends of Nepal- NJ is a New Jersey-based nonprofit with the goal of providing humanitarian support for Nepal. FONNJ has extensive in-country experience in Nepal and provides ongoing valuable advisory services during Asha Project’s micro credit project implementation.|