GOATS FOR GIRLS!
Do you think that
might have been one of our goats?!
In Niger, the statistical odds are stacked against girls. Consistently ranked at the bottom of the human development index, Niger also has one of the highest birth rates in the world. Facing cultural and economic pressures, parents often allow their daughters to marry at a young age. Nearly three in every four girls will be married before they turn 18, and 44 percent will drop out before completing primary school.
In an effort to encourage girls and their families to value girls’ education, Samaritan’s Purse began a program called goats for girls. School-aged girls received a goat for breeding in order to supplement their households’ livelihoods and reduce the risk of girls dropping out of school for economic reasons.
Hasia poses with her goat, which has provided several babies
since the family received it.