There is a book, “Beatrice’s Goat”, that tells the story of how one goat changed the survival of a Ugandan family by improving their earning income significantly. I love this book and share it with children as often as possible. Kirabo Seeds has been the thankful recipient of goats from people interested in seeing a donation prosper and grow. At Christmas time one of the male goats was our feast! Robert and the boys slaughtered it themselves and Julie cooked it up.
Sadly, another one of our male goats ate a plastic bag and it took his life. Jack’s fundraising inspired one of our sponsor’s sons so he collected recyclables all year and donated enough to buy a pregnant female. (It costs $150 to buy a goat.) This sweet mama just gave birth to twins! Eddie brought the little guy over for us to enjoy yesterday. We agreed it might be great to get a good male breeding goat and another female and focus on growing our herd this year. There is a type of South African goat that is very large and hardy so he would be a good one to use for breeding. Our current male is small and weak, he’ll likely be Christmas dinner this year.
It is such a relief for the family to have the goats on the land in the care of Eddie. We are going to move the chickens there, by my absolute insistence. They stink and it’s extra work for the children. And oh, the flies they draw drives me to insanity. The interesting thing is we have to purchase chicken poop for fertilizer for the land, but if the chickens are there Eddie can collect it from our own chickens. This is ideal. We have a rooster and that means our hens lay and grow more chickens. When it’s time to put one in the pot we make a visit to the land and snatch one to bring it home. At the same time Robert can bring the vegetables harvested.
Yesterday I asked Robert to invite Eddie to our home so we could talk about his current situation. I asked him, “how are you?” His answer was “I’m fine!” and he smiled happily, so carefree. I laughed and said, “Really? Robert has told me that your wife ran away and left your two year old son Frank in your care at the same time that the mud house you use on our land has collapsed so now you have to stay with a friend.” He rubbed his head and said, “yes that is true.” And he just laughed. I asked him if he needed some childcare so he can do his work. He shook his head with strength and assured me “I am the only one who is going to groom this boy. I will do both.” So I offered for him to find another person who will come and work during the days with him on the land so he doesn’t have to do everything himself. He smiled wide while wiping the face of his son with his handkerchief and said, “thank you that will be good.”
Long ago I asked Robert to not only make sure Eddie had what he needed from us but to mentor him. I’m happy to see he has built a great relationship with him and has mentored him in life and in the knowledge of the Lord. Robert says he is a great father who loves his son very much. When Robert first met his son Frank, he was naked and had nothing to wear! So Robert himself bought clothes for the child. Little Frank was having a grand time playing with the children and exploring our home. Erica taught Auntie Julie to make pizza, a favorite of the children, so little Frank and Eddie enjoyed as much as they could eat and loved it. I know when Frank grows up and is ready for school we will help Eddie educate the boy.
The collapsed house is a problem. Eddie asked for the materials of bricks, mortar and tin for the roof so he can build it himself. We agreed to provide these materials and he was so excited. It will cost a thousand dollars for him to build his own house. I am so thankful for his hard work and faithfulness to Kirabo Seeds. He loves to work on the land with his hands and eat the fruits of his labor. I understand because I love to garden too. I feel so close to God when I participate in His creation. Some day I hope the situation with hostile neighbors on our land is solved so our children can once again experience the joy of growing food that they eat. I hope for the best.