We have enjoyed having Daniel around our house. We could not do what we need to do at the hospital without his help gardening, planting, pruning, raking, watering etc. He is trying to raise money to build a house (which he has started) and also to save for a dowry. Daniel is engaged to be married..but can not marry until he has his own house and a dowry to pay his future father-in-law (generally about 2 cows he told me depending upon the level of education she has).
One month ago Daniel came as usual with 2 liters of fresh milk, but was visibly upset. He told us that his dairy cow had gotten loose and fell into a ditch and broken its leg. He asked us for a small loan to have the animal inspected by a veterinarian. As expected the dairy cow was not salvageable and was slaughtered the next day for meat.
Daniel's dairy cow was producing with 2 milkings about 20-24 liters per day. All in all after selling the milk minus the cost of the feed he nets about 8 dollars per day which is a great business for a young man like Daniel. As you can imagine losing his dairy cow left him heart-broken, as it would delay the building of his house and savings for a dowry and consequently delay his marriage.
Just last week your generosity purchased Daniel a new dairy cow. Meredith and I were able to visit Daniel at his house and see the new cow (no name yet) milking. Daniel is very pleased as the cow is healthy, feeding well, about 4 years old (has already birthed 2 calves), and producing about 30 liters of milk per day.
Daniel wrote the following thank-you note,
"Thank-you so much for your generous heart to help me buy a cow after I lost my first one. I was much stressed but you enlightened my life in the most wonderful way. God bless you and gives you more. It's a big step that you have made me go because I am in the middle of my house project and I know the sell of milk will help me make progress. I may not be able to show much how I appreciate through writing, but inside my heart I thank-you and pray for you."
thank-you & God bless you all
yours, Daniel Gochie