who we work with: Send a Cow

The organisation

Send a Cow gives communities and families the hope and the means to secure their own futures from the land. Working hand in hand with poor farming families they equip people with the knowledge, skills and importantly self-belief to transform their lives. Their grass-roots approach combines training in sustainable agriculture, social development and the provision of livestock.  With Send a Cow’s support, people can feed their families, earn regular income, educate their children and lead happy and fulfilled lives free from hunger and poverty.

Central to their approach is the ‘pass-on’. All families supported by Send a Cow pass on the gifts of young livestock, seeds or training to others. We’re big believers in this and in 2012, our Jojo went to visit Uganda to find out more – you can read what she said here.

We’ve worked with Send a Cow since 2004 in Lesotho, Uganda and Western Kenya where our three year Dairy Project improved the nutrition, food security and health of 100 families.  Risper Wandondera, a widow caring for six orphans, was one of hundreds of people to benefit. She said, “I was blessed to be given a female calf… I have advanced as I produce 15 litres of milk which has improved my income and the health of my family members. I am so happy that I have a gift that I am going to pass on to another needy family”. 

The project

Our latest project with Send a Cow works with 1,000 families in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. The aim: to ensure people are food and livelihood secure by December 2017, whilst indirectly benefitting 5,000 additional households in the project area. This particular region of Ethiopia has been chosen because of:

1.       Food insecurity – all families are affected by severe malnutrition due to irregular and insufficient food production

2.       Inability to generate income –families earn barely enough income to cover their daily needs. Many resort to survival strategies - labouring on other people’s land, begging or selling farm assets.

3.       Gender inequality – female family members face the highest workload and yet represent the most vulnerable and marginalised people in their communities. Leadership roles are largely occupied by men, and women lack a voice to become confident actors of their own and their families’ development.

With the help of the innocent foundation, Send a Cow will form self-help groups to facilitate learning, experience sharing and mutual support. Practical training, on-farm demonstrations and exchange visits alongside agricultural inputs will be delivered as part of a learn-by-doing approach to improve harvesting techniques and enhance market access. As a result, 6,000 people will be food and income secure, and self-sufficient for the long-term.