Livelihoods Program 2017-10-18T20:22:50+00:00




Vet Training and KitsOne of the important objectives of this initiative is to improve access to services to vulnerable people. Therefore, another activity is to improve access to basic livestock medicines by availing veterinary kits to a trained community. In all areas where animals are distributed, a detailed training on care of small livestock is carried out for five to ten para-veterinary assistants for a period of five days. These are in charge of the veterinary kits provided through this program.


There are some families who are barely surviving, due to the lack of food available. With prices skyrocketing, children are not able to feed themselves and have been found scrounging for bits of grass that might grow on the parched land. For these families, waiting for a garden to grow or a herd (flock, etc.) to mature is just impossible. For them, there is a short-term program where they receive emergency relief in the form of porridge. This is purchased in-country as much as possible and is distributed in 50lb bags. Guardians have reported that children are able to return to school shortly after starting to consume the porridge, as it is fortified and filling.

Gardens have a chance to grow when the kids and guardians are strong enough to plant and harvest. When the first harvest takes place, the porridge distribution starts tapering off until the children and guardians are only consuming vegetables and eggs or vegetables and milk, depending on which animals they are raising. In most cases, these families are able to trade some vegetables for corn meal, a traditional food, complementing their meals.


Family standing in garden DRCContracts with orphaned families are strict and they are not allowed to slaughter, barter or sell animals before a pre-set time period. Taking into consideration that this can become a burden on hungry families, they receive drought resistant seeds and training in conservation farming so that small, personal gardens are built and maintained. The vegetables provided by these gardens, complemented with eggs and milk from animals, allows the children to eat healthfully and to stay healthy. Excess vegetables can be used for sale or to nourish the animals in their care. Manure from the animals is used in compost for the gardens, as are egg shells.

Seeds provided to the families are both for traditional local vegetables, as well as new vegetables which are proven to do well in areas with little rain fall. This allows the families to eat what they know while introducing them to new, nutritious food, as well.