Why We’re Thankful for Goats (and you should be, too!)

It’s a funny thing to be thankful for a goat.

But in this season of gift exchanges and acts of kindness, a goat is at the top of the list when asked “What are you thankful for this Christmas?”

That’s because one goat has the power to transform a child’s life.

How a Goat
Changes Lives

It’s not just a goat – it’s so much more. Many children in poverty don’t have enough food to eat and can’t afford to go to school. Instead, they stay at home or help their parents work. But a goat can change all of that.

a girl holds a goat

Nutrition

Goats produce lots of nutritious milk, which is just what a
growing child needs to be healthy and strong. Plus, any extra milk the goat
gives can be sold at the market for extra income. Bellies once empty and
growling are now full of nourishing milk.  

Income

Kids can earn money by selling extra goat milk. But that’s not all. When a goat gets older, the goat can be bred and offspring sold. Soon, there are more than a few baby goats bouncing around!

That’s when something pretty neat happens – the first baby goat born is often given to another child in the same community, creating a ripple effect of giving. And from then on, all the baby goats can be sold for extra income.

Education, and so much more!

After a while, from selling milk and baby goats, a child is able
to set aside money and save. With this money they can help their family put
food on the table and pay their school fees.

This is critical. When a child is able to save and go back to school, her entire future changes. With income (thanks to a goat!), she’s able to return to school and dream of who she can become. A doctor, a teacher – the sky’s the limit!

Candio’s Story

a boy stands next to two goats

Fourteen-year-old
Candio knew he was behind in the 6th grade, but he had no money to
pay for school. Then that changed when Candio received a goat!

“Since I received this goat my life has transformed. I am working now!” declared Candio with joy. “I take care of my goat every day. I will have no more problems to pay for my school fees. I can tell you that my future is becoming more and more secure and happiness is in my heart. You can see I have two goats in my hand – I will give one to another child in my village in order to transform his life, too.”

How to Give
a Goat this Christmas

You can give a goat this Christmas, transforming a child’s life in honor of a friend or loved one. It’s a meaningful way to give gifts and celebrate the holidays!

We know the gift of a goat is one your friends and loved ones will love to receive. To learn more about giving a goat, visit www.globalgiftguide.org/products/give-a-goat.

The Most Unique Gifts to Give this Christmas

Socks?

Check.

Sweater?

Check.

Gift card?

Check, check, and check.

If this is what your shopping list looks like around
Christmas, you’re not alone. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of the
holiday season and leave your shopping until the last minute. Before you know
it, you’re giving gifts that look eerily similar to what you gave last year.

Is it time for a change?

What if this year you give unique gifts that aren’t just extraordinary, they’re also extra-meaningful?


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The Largest Eyes I’ve Ever Seen

The suffering in our world overwhelms me. That’s why I work
for World Concern. It helps to be part of a team that is doing something to
make things better—one person, one family, one village at a time. Still, there
are times while researching and writing that all I can do is pray over and over
again, “Lord Jesus, have mercy.”


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What’s the Difference Between Short and Long-Term Solutions?

International aid
is not “one size fits all.” There are many opinions about the benefits and
drawbacks of both short and long-term aid. But despite the different views, in
much of our work both are needed.


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One Mom’s Impossible Choice – Tiila’s Story

Tiila had a choice to make.

Either she could keep her baby, or
give her baby away.

She longed to hold her child, to watch her grow and learn to talk and laugh, but Tiila knew that wasn’t possible. Because if she kept her daughter, her little one wouldn’t survive.


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Salt and Light – A Message of Hope

A devotion from World Concern’s Salt and Light: A Prayerful Journey

These precious children live deep in the mountains of Laos,
their village hours away from anything. Each day they battle with poor
nutrition, a lack of clean water, and the threat of disease.

And yet they’re smiling and happy. This is the power of hope.


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How Clean Water Arrives in a Village

Do you ever wonder how clean
water arrives in a village?

We might hear about a
village in need of a clean water well, and a short while later read an
encouraging report that a well was built. But what happens in the meantime?

How the construction of a well unfolds might be different than you think.

Keep reading to find out how clean water comes to a community!


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Becoming a Water Warrior – Fiona’s Story

She’s a warrior.

A water warrior, that is!

Fiona, now a high school freshman, raises money to provide water filters for families without access to clean water.

But she wasn’t always so passionate about water filters. So
how did Fiona become such a passionate water warrior?


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3 Steps to Clean Water – How Water Filters Change Lives

You may have seen an image of or even given a water filter, but do you know how they work?

In the middle of a clean water crisis, simple water filters are life-saving. They effectively eliminate germs, bacteria, and parasites that cause deadly waterborne diseases.


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