Goats Help Families Recover
NEW YORK, July 18, 2007—The gift of goats is bringing hope to 650 vulnerable families in the Wardak and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan. All of these families are struggling to reestablish themselves in Afghanistan after years of living as refugees in Pakistan and Iran. They will each receive two goats from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The goats provide milk and wool that can be used by the family. The excess can be sold to supplement their incomes.
UMCOR has already helped most of these families construct their homes and now UMCOR is ensuring they have what they need to stay in their new communities. These vulnerable families are ones that struggle to survive because of their special circumstances-the mother is a widow, the family is extremely large, the parents have disabilities, or have no livelihoods. The goats will help provide the hand up they need to both improve their health and income.
Afghanistan continues to face large numbers of returnees coming home from refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran. Since major repatriation operations to Afghanistan resumed in 2002, more than 4.8 million Afghans have returned to their country, though 2.15 million remain as refugees in Pakistan.
UMCOR has been working in Afghanistan since 2002 where the organization is helping the people of Afghanistan recover from decades of conflict and years of drought.