Buy a Cow or a Sheep

One of our most successful projects has been Buy a Cow. This scheme has a double benefit – it raises funds for the school, and also provides some income for a poor local family. In 2010, our profit was 8 million rupiah, enough to buy 2 new Pentium core 2 duo computers. Here’s how it works:

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a farmer raises 2 calves in the ‘sponsor a cow’ scheme

You donate to Safe Haven Projects the money to buy a cow.
We house the cow with a local farmer who fattens it up over a period of one year.
The cow is then sold for a profit which is shared between the farmer and the charity.

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feeding a cow

The project has now been extended to include sheep. As of November 2011, we have 14 cows and 4 sheep. The cow at the school village is pregnant so hopefully a calf will arrive in March, increasing profits further.

one of the first additions to our 'sponsor a sheep' scheme
one of the first additions to our ‘sponsor a sheep’ scheme

The cost of a cow is 350 pounds which includes building a shed – a necessary expense in a poor area like this where sometimes things disappear overnight! For 100 pounds, we can buy 2 sheep and a shed.

If you or your business would like to help us with this scheme, please contact us through the website, or you can get directly in touch with Val.

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Val with one of the families who will benefit from this scheme