When we set up our Bulls for Schools initiative in 2015, we aimed to enable 9 families in the Kitale region of Kenya to generate an income for themselves through dairy farming. The ethos of the project was that money earned would make it easier for them to afford to pay school fees for their 72 children. Although the cows were not bulls we felt ‘Bulls for Schools’ had a better ring to it than ‘Cows for Schools’!
GEF kicked things off by donating the first cow, named ‘Matunda’ to the Edward family in Kitale. Next up were ‘Matunda’ and ‘Neema’ who were kindly donated by Marianne Lang and Moira Keay to the Emanman and Lotian families.
‘Tinky Winky’, ‘Princess Henrietta’, ‘Roly Poly’, ‘Madu’, ‘Sango’ and ‘Daisy Mackay’ were given to the Okwale, Kiprono, Lokiles, Esinyen, Moya and Ednah families respectively. You may wonder why the cows have such unique names? Each one donated by the amazing Maggie Patience is a touching tribute to her family pets past and present, with the exception of Madu who was named by her friend.
Maggie made this possible through her amazing Art for the Heart project (featured in the North East Open Studios in September 2019) which has seen her encourage assistance from various strangers around the world, from New Zealand to Canada and many places in between, she has been selling her amazing pieces to fund raise for our project!
Maggie had such a fantastic response to her Art for the Heart project that she was also able to donate money for 2 further cows. ‘Meadidh Moo’ and ‘Bonnie’ have been given to families which we currently support with education, shelter and our Two Feet business start up initiative. Mama Joanne and Mama Humphrey were very much thrilled to receive such a generous gift that gives them the opportunity to earn an income and feed their families.
11 families now have a cow for commercial and milk consumption purposes. Thank you to everyone who has supported, believed in and helped this project strive!