“We will build a better future for everyone by giving people the freedom and the power to build a better future for themselves and their families.” These wise words came from Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft. It is likewise a slogan adopted by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. With your support and commitment, thousands of livestock keepers were able to improve their standard of living in 2013. Here is a brief glimpse into some of the achievements you made possible!
Our director Joep van Mierlo went to Central Africa to visit our projects. He wrote a blog post. "For the first time in nearly two weeks I did find some time to write something down. After a long time of administrative priorities and lucky enough still also some technical and organizational workshops in Brussels and in the field, I was once again and even for a good two weeks really 'in the field' to visit the projects."
Mother's Day is fast approaching, a day where we dote upon our mothers and shower them with all our love. But did you know that thanks to a few sheep, a mother in eastern Congo will be able to enjoy her Mother's Day too?
Your contribution to a healthy and productive livestock in Africa bears fruit. In 2012, your support allowed thousands of children and their families in Africa to fight against malnutrition and to face drought, conflicts, and weakening of their animals.
In eastern Congo, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium distributes rabbits to vulnerable families. Several rabbits make it possible for these households to overcome poverty. In fact, the rabbits are a source of food and income. Thanks to the sale of rabbits, families can buy other food, essential for a balanced diet, and can pay medical and school expenses.
In North Kivu, Eastern Congo, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium gives rabbits to the most vulnerable families. Rabbits reproduce very quickly and thus constitute a sustainable source of food and revenue.