Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium implements mainly sustainable development programs but also provides emergency aid when necessary. We distribute livestock feed or sell it at a considerably reduced price, but we also give cereals as food aid to the population. We pay the livestock keepers for work that benefits the whole community, like repairs of water points, schools, hospitals and roads. Thus they receive money immediately to purchase food. We also buy weakened animals from the livestock keepers and we pay the villagers for processing the meat which we later distribute, as food aid, to the most disadvantaged families.
“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!
David Wani, country representative in Juba for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, sends us another update on the security situation in South Sudan. The promised negotiations between government and rebels have so far been unsuccesful. For our staff, the situation is becoming more and difficult. "Our two bases in Jonglei and Upper Nile were looted."
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 September 2012, David J. Lane, US ambassador to the UN agencies in Rome, visited the Vétérinaires Sans Frontières 'Likes' project in Niger. "What you are doing here is fantastic," he commented at the end of his visit. By optimising animal health care and encouraging farmers to restore pastures, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières is limiting the losses that livestock farmers suffer due to mortality or low price sales during crisis situations.
Since the beginning of March 2012, the armed conflict in Mali has forced tens of thousands of families to flee from the north of the country. Although Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is not active in the conflict zone itself, the organisation provides assistance to those who have fled to the south; at the end of last year, the NGO distributed goats to 1,000 families in the Ségou region. Vets will be monitoring their wellbeing throughout the year.