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Send a Cow – Teaching Resources

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Calling on Teachers!

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Bring Africa and the needs of children ….. in a practical way …… to your children.

You will find loads of brilliant ideas and resources at

http://www.sendacow.org.uk/

“Just like our practical approach in Africa, we believe that the best way to help children find out about the world is through learning by doing.

That’s why our projects focus on hands-on activities that often take pupils outside of the classroom, and involve creating something special for your school that adds to global learning and gives your pupils something to remember.”

from Send a Cow website

‘Growing my seeds was brilliant.

When I could pick what I’d grown it was really exciting.

I feel so proud of my Bag Garden!’

from a school on the Isle of White

Cowforce – for children and their teachers

Cowforce.com is our award winning interactive website for kids, designed to be used by children at home or at school.

Created with the help of children, the site gives an introduction to life in Africa, living in poverty and the work of Send a Cow. Using animations, interesting facts and a fun approach, your kids will love it!

“Cowforce in an immensely creative effort and shows a real in-depth understanding of its younger target audience. It is a great example of how NGOs can be more relaxed about their messages, yet still get across difficult ideas.”

Jon Snow, broadcaster.

Cowforce for teachers

You will find a unique ‘Teacher Tab’ on many of the pages of Cowforce.com, showing you lesson plans and learning resources that are relevant to the page that you are on. A good place to start on the site is the ‘Goatacycle Diaries’ of Tazo the goat from his tour of Africa, or the ‘Four African Tales’ animations that help to explain our work in a fun way.

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Send a Cow

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Do you remember The Butter Mountain?

and The Milk Lake?

News of starvation in Africa and farmers having to slaughter healthy cows for EU regulations?

Not today’s news, though it could well be.

No    ……     go back more than twenty years and  from these came the birth of Send a cow

Send a Cow was set up by a group of UK dairy farmers over 20 years ago. Outraged at EU milk quotas, which were forcing them to slaughter healthy dairy cows, and in response to an appeal from Uganda for milk, they embarked on a project, which was set to become an innovative and practical charity.

Uganda was just emerging from a long civil war, communities and their farmland had been destroyed and much of the country’s livestock wiped out.

Several of the UK farmers flew to Africa to investigate how they could help. Meeting with Ugandan farmers, the Bishop of Mukono, and a livestock expert, they saw how smallholder dairy farming in Africa could work. People there were unable to feed themselves and milk would provide an instant source of nutrition. They returned to the UK determined to help, and sent cows (some were pregnant)  from their own herds to Uganda by chartering an airplane.

Send a Cow was born.

From day one, we knew that we needed to help rebuild communities if providing livestock was going to work for the long term. Without strong support networks, and lots of training, people simply wouldn’t be able to manage a cow.

It quickly became clear that cow’s manure, rather than just the milk, would provide the long-term path out of poverty that communities so desperately needed. With 70% of Uganda’s poor struggling to survive on infertile soil, manure provided the vital ingredient for communities to improve their land and work their way out of poverty for good”.

Today, Send a Cow work in seven countries: Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Lesotho, Rwanda, Zambia and Kenya, and we source all livestock within Africa. Every person, family and community we work with receives training and ongoing support.

Read Margaret Kifuko’s story

“I treasure my manure!” says Margaret Kifuko from Uganda.  You can click to  Read Margaret Kifuko’s story

Find more about this exciting  charity at http://www.sendacow.org.uk/home

Send A Cow

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Bella Bag is very happy to support Send A Cow from a percentage from each Bella Bag Party.  Perhaps you have never heard of Send A Cow?

Send A Cow helps African farmers grow enough food to feed their families, sell produce and develop small businesses that last. Inspired by our Christian values, we provide training, livestock, seeds and ongoing support; and help families to make the most of the land and resources they already have.

In turn, these families then pass on young livestock, seeds or training to others. And so on. And so on. This ‘Pass it On’ principle not only builds stronger communities, it allows us to help even more people to develop skills, confidence and self respect. People are happier and healthier, children are educated, homes are improved and communities are more harmonious.

Send A Cow doesn’t offer a quick fix solution to rural development. In for the long haul, we typically work with groups for five years to effect substantial and sustainable change. We also acknowledge from the outset that issues such as gender equality, health and family harmony are just as vital to the success of development programmes in Africa as simple livestock provision.

So in addition to ongoing training in animal wellbeing, sustainable organic farming practices and natural resource management, our work also provides courses in subjects such as gender equality, conflict resolution, health and hygiene and HIV/AIDS awareness. This balance of practical farming skills with social, life skills is a potent mix and produces remarkable results.

Next time ……. How did Send A Cow start?