And even MORE exciting news is that the building of the animal barn has begun! Here is a picture of the progress from United Hearts website:
This building will house around 50 goats/sheep-look how big it is and the awesome progress that has already been made in such a short amount of time (we just started fundraising for this project in July!)
Once the building is complete, the initial goats and sheep will be bought from the local breeder and the breeding will begin! (I can't wait to visit all the cute little goats and sheep, but I'll probably have to pretend that they are for pets and not food.)
Here are a few more details about this project and it's sustainability:
- We expect the farm to have paid for itself through the sale of new goats and sheep by December of 2015!
- This farm will provide up to $350 in income per month for the Center! This will pay for 80% of the monthly food bill, which feeds the 27 permanent kids AND 30 children from the local community EVERY DAY.
- The cost to maintain it is very low, as the animals will graze on land that already belongs to UHCC, and eat cassava shavings that are free from the vendors in town.
Read about some of the other projects going on at United Hearts on their website: www.unitedheartsghana.org, such as the building of the new school! A Mama Hope Global Advocate is raising money for this, so if you haven't been able to make a donation to this project, but would like to contribute to UHCC, you can make a donation to her page here.
Thanks again to everyone for the support and donations and remember that you made this project possible!