GOATS help mums care for children
In Northeast Uganda, mothers are getting the support they need to address stunting among their children.
A Save the Children livelihood project called GOATS (Giving Ownership and Assets To prevent Stunting) is bringing the acronym to life - providing mothers with actual goats to milk, which helps provide nutritional and food supplements to support their family’s diet.
In the communities of Karamoja, malnutrition and food insecurity are at the highest levels in Uganda due to inadequate food, poor dietary diversity, inadequate hygiene and sanitation, and disease. Around 35 percent of children younger than five years are stunted due to chronic malnutrition. And 28 percent of those in this age group are underweight.
A child suffering from stunting and malnutrition has a poorer immune system, putting them at risk of life-threatening diseases. Their brain function and organ development are affected, which can limit their quality of life in the future.
Mums receive goats and seeds
To help reduce food insecurity and stunting among these children, Save the Children, with the generous support of donors, distributed 515 goats to 250 families. These families received two goats each and formed groups with 10-15 other participants who will pass on the goats to each other.
Recipients also received training on goat husbandry including housing, feeding, watering, disease and parasites management, breeding and marketing basics.