[VIDEO] Zimbabwe: Life-Giving Goats

Tawanda shows off his newest kid with pride. He was given a goat through the goat project a number of years ago and has now grown the number of goats he owns to four. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Over 1.4 million people living in Zimbabwe, fifteen percent of the population, have been diagnosed with AIDs1.

By 2011, there were one million children living in Zimbabwe who had been orphaned as a result of parents dying from AIDs2.

In a land plagued by disease, mothers are often unable to nurse due to health concerns. Many children are orphaned at a young age, left alone to find nourishment or die. Zimbabweans are facing the harsh realities of the AIDS epidemic, and countless children and orphans are suffering as a result.

Karanda Mission Hospital, located in northern Zimbabwe, provides community healthcare, medical education, and HIV/AIDS treatment. The hospital maintains several different medical outreach programs and ministries, including a goat program. Families who do not have a mother, or with mothers who are unable to nurse due to HIV, are given a milking goat to provide essential sustenance and nutrition.

The goat program not only provides nourishment to orphans, it opens the door for workers at the hospital to build relationships with the people and introduce them to the hope found in Jesus Christ.

Innocent, a baby boy found on the side of the road, was saved by the goat program at Karanda. You can read more about the program and hear Innocent’s story in the Fall 2014 issue of Horizons. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Innocent, a baby boy found on the side of the road, was saved by the goat program at Karanda. You can read more about the program and hear Innocent’s story in the Fall 2014 issue of Horizons. Photo by Robert Johnson/TEAM

Your generous gift will support this program and help supply a goat to a family affected by HIV. Please consider a gift of any amount to Karanda’s goat project. You can donate directly by clicking here or by calling 1-800-343-3144.


SOURCES
1. http://www.avert.org/hiv-aids-zimbabwe.htm
2. http://www.avert.org/hiv-aids-zimbabwe.htm#sthash.QMlfUl61.dpuf

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Carrie Mills
Carrie Mills

Carrie is the former Marketing Manager at TEAM, where she wrote, created and dabbled in social media. With a background in communications, during her time here she considered it an honor to share stories every day about how God is moving among the nations. When she’s not at work, Carrie’s favorite place to be is with her husband and two daughters.

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