When I traveled to Africa, I learned how livestock ownership could change a family’s life. A donkey can serve as a taxi or means to haul water. Chickens give eggs that can be eaten or sold. A goat can enable a girl to get an education. This is the premise for
by Page McBrier (author) and Lori Lohstoeter (illustrator)
picture book ages 5-9
Beatrice lives in Western Uganda. She helps her mother care for her five brothers and sisters. She also hoes, plants, and grinds cassava flour to sell at the market. She watches other children at school and wishes that she, too, could learn to read. But, this was not possible because they do not have money for books and a uniform.
One day news comes that Beatrice’s family will be given the gift of a goat. It will be Beatrice’s responsibility to care for the goat. They build a shed and plant a pasture. Soon, the goat arrives and is named Mugisa which means luck. Beatrice develops a loving relationship with Mugisa who does seem to bring luck. Mugisa delivers twin kids. When the kids no longer need the milk, Beatrice and her family can drink the milk. They sell the extra milk and eventually there is enough money for Beatrice to attend school.
Beatrice’s Goat is based on a true story. Heifer Project International helps families to change their lives by giving them an animal and training them to care for it. Having a supply of fresh milk helps families to overcome malnutrition. The income from the extra milk enabled children to go to school as well has provides necessities. The project continues to help families in Uganda and many other places in the world.
You can read more about Heifer Project International here.
Becky at Kid World Citizen shared a project this week where children can help Sole Hope by making shoes out of old jeans for children in Uganda to prevent infections from jiggers that live in the sand.
I am looking forward to celebrating my May birthday with friends by having a shoe cutting party for Sole Hope.