Pigs for Peace - Building Momentum
Help continue the Building Momentum campaign through the end of 2010. The goal this year is to at least double the success reported in the 2009 Annual Report. With the assistance of groups like the Bukavu Action Team, our student chapter at Johns Hopkins University, the Friends of Megan Call, the Quaker Peace & Social Witness (UK) and many individual donors, much progress has been made so far this year. This has translated to the continued expansion of the project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with over 200 families particpating in fourteen villages.
Pigs for Peace (PFP) has helped hundreds, but hundreds more need your help!
Gift of a Pig – US $50
Share of a Pig – US $10
Veterinarian & Medicine – US $300 per month
Motorbike – US $4,000
This is the story of how a pig will and IS changing lives.
PFP is a project in microeconomics designed to complement other projects of GLR in building a sustainable peace in the rural areas of South Kivu Province in the eastern DRC; one pig at a time.
The basic economic and social infrastructure of these rural areas has been gravely damaged by the continuing warfare which began over a decade ago. Rural families suffer from the malnutrition and disease simply because they exist by subsistence agriculture in most cases centered on the cultivation of the cassava plant. They have no means of improving their situation particularly as to health care or education of their children because they lack the income to pay for these services. Other victims of warfare, including women who have been raped and their children, orphans and other vulnerable children, and thousands of refugees throughout South Kivu await reintegration into society without any means to do so.
The instrument to begin to address many of these issues is simply a pig. PFP is designed to bridge the gap between mere subsistence and hope for the future based on increasing prosperity for the participating families; between a marginal existence and a functioning reintegration into productive society for the various victims of warfare. Pigs do not need a large amount of space to live and forage – they eat everything and have been commonly raised in Congolese villages – so it is not a new approach. Importantly, in the eastern DRC, women cannot make the decision to sell or kill a cow or goat for food or money, but they can make those decisions about the family pig. Women also make decisions about issues of survival - for the health and well-being of the family – so it is imperative that women will have access to and be empowered by PFP.
In the village of Cituki, Ms. Zigabe and her family look forward to a better life because of their pig.
In cooperation with a local Congolese microfinance NGO, each participant in the project is provided with a female piglet as a “loan.” The loan is to be repaid with one piglet from each of the first two litters of the participant’s pig. Each participant is also provided with a short course of instruction in husbandry as to their pig. The instruction addresses the care of a pig, issues as to its health and diet, and where help can be found if needed. During the training participants are introduced to a veterinarian. The opportunity to consult with the veterinarian on a regular basis is also provided. Our Congolese partners also provide the initial male “parent” pig at the village level.
Testing by our Congolese partners indicates that the income of participants may be expected to be four times the national average. That income can be leveraged to provide a better quality of life for the participants and their families; not only by making funds available for necessities like health care and education for their children, but also in the hope for the future of sustainable peace fostered by rising agricultural productivity and the neighborly cooperative husbandry practices inherent in the project.
PFP is the essence of basic, endogenous, from the ground up, development. The model is simple. The project is labor, as opposed to capital intensive. The cost for a pig including the supporting services described above? $50. Additionally, this project is administered entirely by and through existing GLR partners in the DRC.
- Provide an opportunity for project participants by their own efforts to improve the quality of life and to contribute to building a sustainable peace in rural South Kivu province;- Enhance stability in rural areas by providing a means to increasing agricultural productivity and income and, therefore, a disincentive to rural flight to urban areas;
- Provide an opportunity for victims of warfare to be reintegrated as productive members of society;
- Provide the participants with an income source for the payment of the educational costs of their children;
- Encourage the formation participants agricultural cooperatives to promote husbandry and cultivation practices consistent with the success of the project;
- Enhance the diet and nutrition of the participants by providing a source of additional protein; and
- Enhance the cooperation between GLR and existing Congolese NGOs.
To help the greatest number of participants, GLR does not use its limited resources to track individual animals from donation to distribution to specific participants. Instead, your gift supports the entire PFP project in the context of GLR’s overall mission of building a sustainable peace throughout the Great Lakes region of eastern Africa.
PFP started last year with a few pigs. During her work this past summer with rape survivors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr. Nancy Glass of GLR visited many of those who have received piglets through PFP. The program has grown from those few piglets to 85 families as of that time. Rather than one village, PFP now operates in five. The pastor who administers the program on behalf of our Congolese partners is now having a hard time visiting all the participants regularly because he is on foot; thus giving rise to the need for a motorbike. During October funds collected at Congo Awareness Week (CAW 2009) have allowed GLR to fund additional piglets so the total is now well over 100 and PFP will soon expand to Goma, in North Kivu Province. GLR will be supplying piglets to Sister Alvera’s Home for orphans in that city. Success has become the best advertisement; there are now over 700 on PFP’s waiting list for piglets. Visit Dr. Glass’ blog for more details about PFP and her work in the DRC:
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