During the year 2012, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium and the African livestock keepers reached wonderful results, thanks to your support. Some of the realizations:
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2,511 vulnerable families improved their resilience in the face of life's risks. 3,327 rabbits (with hutches and feeding troughs), 954 goats, 434 sheep, and 4,228 guinea pigs, made it possible for these families to have a source of food and additional income.
In Rwanda, 729 goats, 233 rabbits, 7 pigs, and 81 hens, as well as 738 rabbit hutches and feeding troughs were made available to vulnerable families. 280 families were able to construct a kitchen garden where they can cultivate vegetables and provide a more balanced diet for their children.
Your support made it possible for our teams to distribute 183 tons of cereals and 233.6 tons of feed to assist livestock keepers in Niger. The persistent drought and food crisis threatened herds and farmers. 19,902 goats and 40 sheep were given to extreme vulnerable families who lost all of their animals, and thus their most important livelihood asset. This enables them to meet the needs of their family and to raise a new herd.
In Niger, 177 women also received a "chicken kit" consisting of 4 hens, 1 cock, a hen house, and 18 kg of poultry food. They attended training for breeding techniques, animal health, and chicken feeding. 204 families received a well-bred cock to improve their production. Thanks to chicken breeding, the women have a source of food and income that directly benefits their children.
In the Turkana region, many livestock keepers saw their animals succumb to drought. Due to the gift of 1,193 goats for 239 families, they were able to rebuild their herds and improve their living conditions. You support also allowed our veterinarians and community animal health workers to vaccinate 388,641 goats against the goat plague (PPR, peste des petits ruminants) and the contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (CCPP).
In South Sudan, we were able to treat 8,076 cows against East Coast Fever. Also, our vets and community animal health workers encouraged 240 farmers to proceed with preventive tick control treatment for 12,000 cows in order to avoid any risk of contamination. In addition, 5,520 vulnerable adults and children received 4,600 goats and sheep.
You have also provided support for the construction/rehabilitation of 4 wells and 2 micro-dams that supply people and their animals with safe drinking water. The villagers of Maper already renovated their dam that allows them to have drinking water during the entire year and thus to have healthy cows that give twice as much milk during the dry season. Other wells are currently under construction.
You help is important
Thanks to your support in 2012, we have moved mountains together. But your assistance remains essential, also this year. Our local team members are constantly faced with new families living in poverty: their cattle is weakened, their children are underfed. For them, your help is important.