Give a Goat for Christmas

2-for-1 Christmas Goats until Dec 25*

Give a Goat for Christmas for just $75 and we'll match it! Help two moms change the lives of their children. Double your impact today!

* Give a goat for Christmas & your donation will be matched until Dec 25 or to a maximum of $50,000 thanks to a small group of special donors.

Give a Goat for Christmas
And Empower Moms


Food

For children who are at risk of malnutrition, the complete protein derived from goats is critical to improving their health. Goats also provide a source of milk and cheese for families, which can be consumed or traded for other food produce.

Training

Goats are distributed through Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care and breeding techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing training.

Independence

While gender equality training is an important part of our programs, many women in sub-saharan Africa are still prevented from owning land. Fortunately, goats take up little space so when you give a goat for Christmas you're giving a mom financial independence and the chance to lift her family out of poverty.

Income

Goats are great at producing other goats; quickly and relatively easily. As a result, one goat quickly becomes the foundation for a growing herd that offers families income for the long-term either by trading up to other livestock such as cows or using the income to start a small business (see Woinshet's story below).

buy a goat - Woinshet standing at here new fridge
buy a goat - Woinshet feeding her goats
I sold 10 goats for 6,850 birr, and bought a deep freezer and fridge and started selling cold drinks.

As a result, I've doubled my daily average income plus I still have 13 goats in good condition. Woinshet Tefera, 34-YEAR-OLD WIDOW From ETHIOPIA

How It Works


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Buy a Goat here. We'll source it there

The goat you give will be sourced locally, i.e. as close to the recipient as possible. This approach provides an extra boost to local economies while keeping transport costs to a minimum.

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Send a Christmas Card to a Special Somebody

When you give a goat for Christmas you'll receive a FREE Printed, PDF or eCard to send to a special somebody. Card designs include Christmas (pictured), goat-themed, birthday, teacher, wedding plus many more. You can also give charity goats without selecting a card.

Give a goat for Christmas and receive a free Christmas card showing a smiling African girl with christmas decorations in the background and the words 'Wishing you the JOYS of the season!'
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Pay & Instantly Receive a Tax Receipt

When you give a goat for Christmas you will immediately receive a charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. You can pay for your goat donation using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex) or via PayPal. Canadian Feed The Children is a registered Canadian charity.

Why Canadian Feed The Children


Award-Winning

We are proud to have been named, for the second consecutive year, one of the Charities of the Year 2017 by the Financial Post.

We’re also honoured to have been one of the first charities to be accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program and to have been awarded “Exemplar” status for 2014-2017 by the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Transparency.

Accountable

PricewaterhouseCoopers independently audits our financials before being published each year, while our volunteer Board of Directors sets and exceeds the highest standards in governance. You can count on the highest standards when it comes to use and stewardship of your generous donation. For more information please download our latest Annual Report.

Frequently Asked Questions


Payment Options

You can purchase a goat for Christmas online using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or PayPal. You can also buy a goat by calling 1-800-387-1221 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday.

Needs Identified by Local Communities

The communities we support have identified Goats, like every other gift listed in our Best Gift Ever catalogue, as being vitally important to ensure children’s health and well-being. Canadian Feed The Children along with our local partners provide https://bestgiftever.ca/gift.php?gift_id=goat”>goats, school supplies, water taps, fish farms, etc as part of our broader programming initiatives.

Beyond the Gifts

When you purchase a Best Gift Ever, funds go towards the range of development programs in the communities we support. The projects go beyond the simple provision of items; they also include training, project monitoring and evaluation, local expertise and support – everything needed to deliver effective, sustainable, high-impact and meaningful change in a community.

Goats, or any gift you purchase, will benefit the communities we support in our countries of operation: Bolivia, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.

Goats purchased locally

Rest assured that the goats you buy won’t be put in the cargo hold on Air Canada to be shipped from HERE to THERE. That’s not only cost prohibitive, inefficient and inhumane, but it also prevents local, sustainable economic development from happening. That’s the last thing we want to do.

When you buy a charity goat your purchase will be sourced and distributed through CFTC’s local partners in communities that are running agricultural income generation programs. That means goats will be bought locally and delivered to communities in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.

Goat Meat is a Staple of East and West African Diets

The value of goats is sometimes questioned based on the assumption that their primary value is for the milk they produce. People quite correctly raise the issue of high lactose-intolerance levels among Africans. In fact, goat meat is a staple in both East and West African diets. Therefore, goats are primarily used for their meat, not for their milk (at least, not in Canadian Feed The Children’s programs).

Training and Support is Included

Small family farms and individual families receive the goats we distribute. These goats are part of agricultural training and livelihoods programs that offer broad-based support. The goats are distributed through Self-Help Groups and Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care, raising, and breeding techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing knowledge.

Community agricultural agents work with women and men to ensure that they have what they need to feed, house and sell their livestock. No one benefits if the recipient doesn’t know how to care for her goats and to grow her herd into a sustainable source of family income.

Printed cards sent within 48hrs, eCards sent instantly

You have three choices for cards: email, PDF (for printing at home), or print. If you choose a printed card, we can send the card by post to you or to your honouree, whichever you prefer.

While we can’t guarantee delivery time, your card will be processed and sent by mail within 48 hours of purchase and by email within one hour. Note that if you send an eCard you will be able to schedule its delivery for sometime in the future, e.g. on Christmas day or the card recipient’s birthday.

Includes a tax receipt

When you order a goat online, you will receive an immediate charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. When you order a goat by phone, you can choose to receive an electronic receipt or have one mailed to you, usually within two weeks. Canadian Feed The Children’s charitable registration number is 11883 0983 RR0001. See the Government of Canada’s policy statement for charitable tax receipts for more information about charity tax receipts.

HST isn’t charged

Your purchase of a goat is a donation to Canadian Feed The Children, so no taxes are charged.

More Gifts that Empower Women

Cute chicks grow up to give excellent nutrition: three can provide 1,000 eggs a year. Your gift includes feed, training, and hen house construction.

Sheep$60

Sheep provide rural families with a sustainable source of nutrition and income. Your gift includes feed and training on care and breeding.

Bees$54

Beekeeping training and start-up supplies yield tangible products (honey, wax), promote biodiversity, and aid in pollination for better crops.

© 2017 Canadian Feed The Children

Canadian Feed The Children is a Canadian Registered Charity. Charitable Registration Number 118830983 RR0001