The Forward Foundation is proud to fund the Eswatini Farm Animal Initiative, a community-building project spearheaded by Pasture Valley Children Missions, a nonprofit organization with a mission to benefit orphans, orphanages, preschools, elementary schools, and vulnerable families in Swaziland, Africa.
In this region, the need is great, the resources are not sufficient, and children die daily of starvation. With the help of a $6,000 grant from the Forward Foundation, Pasture Valley Children Missions was able to help two homesteads receive farm animals in 2021, including goats, a cow, a half dozen chickens, and two pigs each.
The families are learning how to care for the animals and project coordinators have been delighted with the results. One of the sows had 9 baby pigs and now the family is raising them to sell, using the money earned to pay for school fees for their children. The chickens produce eggs and offspring, and families can harvest the poultry for protein. Animals can be traded for vital supplies, and cows create long-term wealth in Eswatini.