Free Milk for Mwendo Primary School
This video is taken at Lakeside Fish Farm and the surrounding village where we all live and work.
We started a small school called Pioneer Primary for a handful of village children. We produce our own milk and our teachers give each child a glass of milk.
But these children are very much a minority. Next door to us is the very large Mwendo School. I went for a walk around the village to find out for myself what impact a free glass of milk might make to the Mwendo School students.
I found that due to low employment, most families in Mwendo village are barely getting by.
In fact, having moved here from California, I felt I couldn't comfortably co-exist with this level of poverty. So I committed myself to finding a way to give a free glass of milk to the children of the poorest families at Mwendo School,
We are looking for financial support to buy cows and fodder so that we can give fresh life giving milk to a larger number of undernourished children here in Mwendo, Rwanda.
What's it like moving from Silicon Valley California to Mwendo, Rwanda?
$25 - a month's worth of fodder for one cow
$100 - equipment for treating and distributing milk
$650 - a milking cow already ready to go
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SIX MONTHS LATER (September 2016)
Back in May 2016 we purchased six cows. Not milkilng cows ready to go as we'd hoped, but two-years olds. This was all we could find, and it will be better in the long run. Unfortunately, two of the eight died due to the intense heat and change of scene.
Cows can't give milk until they have a calf, so we brought a vet here to artificially inseminate them. Sometime later, we found out that none had become pregnant. So we hired a bull, who spent a month here. If we are lucky, all six we be pregnant and giving milk in May 2017.