The southern African country of Malawi has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in the world, with over 1 million adults and children living with HIV ^. SIM’s Hope for Life (HFL) Malawi has partnered with the Africa Evangelical Church (AEC) to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support through their Home Based Care and Orphan Care programs to people living with (or affected by) HIV and AIDS. Aussie missionary and HFL Malawi program co-ordinator, Jacky Hammond, said, “With the declining funding worldwide for HIV projects, we felt we should have a stronger focus on making the ministry self-sustaining.” The Goat Pass On Scheme is a key strategy in meeting  this goal.
^Source: UNAIDS, 2016

How does the Goat Pass On Scheme work?

1. Buy a goat for $50 online at *sim.org.au/goat.
2. A child or volunteer from the ‘Hope for Life’ program will receive a female goat and relevant training to take care of it.
3. When the goat has its first kid, it is ‘passed’ back to the program. These goats form a ‘church herd’ so that when they produce future kids they can be passed on to other orphans or sold to sustain the Hope for Life Malawi programs. 
4. After passing back the first kid, all further offspring can be kept by the beneficiary and used to provide an on-going income stream to help with food, clothes or school fees. There is also the potential to drink or sell goat’s milk or even use it in soap making.
5. Hope for Life Malawi’s ministry becomes increasingly self-sustaining as the local church is empowered to demonstrate God’s love through both word and practical action!

*Gifts of $2 or more to SIMaid projects are tax-deductible and will receive a receipt. Should a project raise funds in excess of its target, we will apply it to similar projects where most needed.

Your church can partner with Hope For Life Malawi

Your church has the opportunity to partner with the Africa Evangelical Church by organising a Goat Pass On Scheme Fundraiser. Every $50 raised will fund one goat that will be given to an orphaned child or volunteer. After the goat’s first kid is handed back to the church, the beneficiary can choose what they want to do with the rest of the goat’s offspring. They can choose to sell them to get the money needed for things such as school expenses or medications or keep them for eating or breeding. The goats that are ‘passed’ on to the church will be used to fund the two Hope for Life Malawi projects and will also be given to future beneficiaries.
To find out more about getting your church involved, fill out the enquiry.
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