Days before I was scheduled to fly off to Nepal, I received a desperate plea from R Star Foundation’s manager on the ground, Rabindra Situala. While 200 pregnant goats have already been ordered/purchased, more women than expected signed up to receive the income-producing animals and Situala is 50 animals short. Was there any possibility, Situala asked, that additional funds could be raised so that the extra women could be accommodated?
I recently received a grant from Impact Giving to provide 50 women in two rural villages with goats. By selling the offspring, the women have the chance to earn income which they use to help provide their families with food, medicine and often tuition so that their children can attend school. Each goat, which comes with necessary vaccinations plus training on how to care for them, costs $200.
Also, R Star, a registered charity, is seeking $250 to install a hanging garden at the school the foundation built. Since arable land is at a premium, the vertical gardens, which would be new to the area, will be used to grow vegetables and flowers and to showcase a space saving gardening method to the community.
Anyone interested in giving a goat for Christmas or funding the vertical garden can send checks to R Star Foundation, P.O. Box 4183, Laguna Beach, CA. 92652 or donate online at rstarfoundation.org.