Milk for Kids

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Milk for Kids
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Country: Ecuador
Volunteer(s) Name: L Altemus
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Wisconsin
Funds community contributed: $1759.60
Percentage community contributed: 27%
Funds needed were: $4636.50
Funds requested were: $4636.50
PPCP #: 518-333
Year of project approval: 2009
Projects started in Ecuador 2009 (6).
A Home for the Elderly, Build a Library, Build a Future, Gender Seminar, Marimba Dance Group Outfits, Milk for Kids, Tourist Eco-Cabin
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Other Projects in Ecuador (9).
A Home for the Elderly, Build a Library, Build a Future, Community Sanitation Project, First Aid Workshop, Gender Seminar, Marimba Dance Group Outfits, Milk for Kids, Tourist Eco-Cabin
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Info about the Milk for Kids

Milk for Kids is a democratically initiated and managed project, designed to eventually make goat milk available to the majority of 200 families in a small village in the high Sierra of Ecuador. Agriculture here consists of growing small grains and pasture grasses that sustain a variety of animals, including dairy cows. Unfortunately, the cows are heavy which causes soil compaction and severe erosion. Pasturing on the steep mountainsides far from the family home, their valuable manure is deposited far from the compost pile and serious health problems go untreated. Children lack protein in their very starchy diet, but many families simply do not have sufficient land to support a dairy cow. Milk for Kids aims to address these problems with the introduction, proper care, and management of dairy goats.

Four families will receive one day of intensive training at a successful working dairy goat farm, followed by ongoing, on site training. Families will be instructed in building an enclosed stable, corral, feeders, and milking platform. Each family will receive a pair of young pregnant female goats. To sustain and grow the project, we will require the first female offspring be returned to the project to be given to another family. The goal is to supplement each family’s diet with at least 2 liters of fresh milk daily. When a surplus of goat’s milk is available, the community intends to implement a marketing project that could include bottled goat milk, yogurt and cheese.

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