By the end of the year, 180 families will have received livestock
At the end of September we started the largest project in Eaglewatch history.
Until the end of the year, we will have built crofts and provided livestock to 180 families from Sinjar, Bashiqi, (Iraq) a wild campsite in Khanke as well as Karnjook (Iraqi Kurdistan). Many of the beneficiaries are single mothers who survived ISIS’s captivity.
It is a continuation of the project that we carried out last year. 80 families received support at the time. The current project, just like the previous one, has been co-funded by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland with the support from the Department of Humanitarian Aid.
Before the implementation of the project began, the above-mentioned foundations organized construction teams made up of refugees. Instead of hiring craftsmen from external companies, we decided to offer livelihood to those who are in need of every penny. Thanks to such an approach we will help not only these families that will receive livestock, but their neighbors as well.
They do all the works by themselves.
The first families have received the livestock: two sheep, two goats and four chicken each. Based on our last year’s experience, we have given the families a possibility to swap sheep for goats and vice versa. It is easier for people with no previous farming experience to look after sheep. Others prefer goats whose milk is very calorific and is excellent for cheese-making. To start off, every family receives a supply of forage. Around a ton of fodder is usually enough for around four months.
We are glad that we have set this in motion and we have already managed to achieve some goals. Thanks to the Good Work Project families have received a chance to become self-reliant. I am confident they will use the chance given well, therefore I would like to ask you to support our crowdfunding for this purpose. Every penny and every post share count.
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Will they succeed?
Many families that received support in such form have experience with animal husbandry. Before the ISIS takeover, they owned herds, some of them as large as hundreds of sheep and goats. In Sinjar farming as well as milk, yogurt and cheese production were an economic base for a large part of the population. Families that have never owned livestock receive help and advice from their neighbors. What is also significant, apart from economic importance, is the psychological aspect of the project. Animal care creates a sense of duty and introduces daily routine. Children learn responsibility. Women who lost their husbands receive livelihood for themselves and their relatives.
The boy keeps pigeons. They are his only joy helping him forget traumatic events from the past.