Milk for Medicine and More
Peru’s Yerson Sanchez, 12, and his brother Norlberto, 7, are proud of Eddy, their family’s 8-day-old calf. Eddy is the second calf born in their care. They gave the first calf to another needy family, but they get to keep Eddy to expand their herd.
To address malnutrition among children in southern Peru, World Vision distributes cows and goats to families. The milk and meat help children grow healthy and strong, and provide family income.
The boys’ father, Cupertino Sanchez, makes sure his six children drink milk every day, morning and afternoon. Norlberto used to get sick all the time, he says, but the milk has helped boost his immune system. Now he doesn’t even get sick during flu season.
Cupertino hopes to grow his family income as his herd expands.
“My dream is that we sell cheese and yogurt in the city in the grocery stores,” he says.
Photo credit: 2012 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision