Most Maasai live in extreme poverty, on $0.35 a day. The International Poverty Line, as defined by the World Bank, is at $1.90 per person per day.
90% of the Maasai people’s livestock were killed by starvation in 2009 when a severe drought hit the Amboseli region of Kenya. The Maasai maintain a traditional pastoral lifestyle, depending on their livestock for nutrition and source of income. Milk, in fact, is their most important source of nutrition, as their staple diet consists of milk and maize. Because of their reduced livestock, Maasai families and children are almost always hungry now. Some children eat only one meal a day, and most just two meals a day.
In 2009, Coins for Change identified a new breed of goat, the Galla goat, that produces 4 cups of milk per day, which is 4x as much milk as the traditional East African goat.
18 Galla goats were purchased in Somalia and brought to the Maasai to see if they could survive the harsh Amboseli conditions. They flourished.
The Galla goats now provide life-sustaining nutrition for Maasai children and families. Although the mineral content of the milk is similar to that of cow’s milk, Galla goat milk contains 13% more calcium, 25% more Vitamin B6, 47% more Vitamin A, and 134% more Potassium. The goats also give milk and offspring that can be sold to help pay for expenses, such as a child’s education.
A goat is a gift that keeps on giving.
Coins for Change has donated over 1,000 Galla goats
Over 1,000 goats have now been donated to Maasai families and villages through Coins for Change. Every year, Coins for Change buys the Galla goats’ offspring from a Maasai village and gives another village 20 goats.
“I thank Coins for Change as it has helped to raise my family economic activity. Before we did not have even a single goat, but now we are enjoying sufficient goat-milk from the goats I got through Coins for Change support.” – A Maasai family
The Maasai tribe is spread out over a very large area and there are still many families in needs of Galla goats.
To donate a Galla goat and change a family’s life today, please click here.
Each Galla goat costs $60. No donation is too small or too big. Thank you for caring!
A boma is a Maasai village. By adopting a boma, you help provide the village in question with the cows and goats necessary to sustain and nourish them, and help to pay school fees for the village children. Through donors support, Coins For Change has six Bomas that have been adopted, but there are many more that need your help.