Goats Pay for Kids’ Education
Fourteen-year-old Samath Am, is a ninth-grade student whose youth group raises goats in the Oddar Meanchey province of northern Cambodia. His community is close to the border with Thailand, and many people migrate out of the country to find jobs. Often children are forced to drop out of school and go with their parents.
Through World Vision’s Gift Catalog, the youth group received 15 goats and learned to care for them.
Savry Pleuy, a 20-year-old group leader, says, “Through the goats, we can earn money. Thus we don’t need to move out of the community to find a job.”
The group has sold goats three times and earned about $550. The seven members shared the money, using some of the cash for vaccinations and milk for baby goats.
“We [also] use the money we gained from selling goats to buy books and pencils for younger siblings,” Savry says.
Photo credit: 2013 Sopheak Kong/World Vision.