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How one goat and education can change lives.

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This is about a project we have started in Kenya to support young single mothers; Project Ngele. Our approach is to give them a year of education in a craft, computer training and entrepreneurship. So far we are doing dressmaking/sewing for women, but we plan to extend training in wood craftsmanship to boys - or girls. In addition to vocational education and training, we have started a goat farm. The idea is that each student gets a goat at the farm. They go there every month to learn how to take care of their goat (feed, vaccination etc.). After they leave the program, they receive the offspring from the goat minus one goat, which goes to another student.

The school has already been in place for two years. A new school building was opened the summer of 2015. At the goat farm we have built pens, installed water tanks and planted fodder, vegetables and fruit trees. The first goats are taken to the farm right now.

The project is organised under ManGo Development; a non-profit organisation. Please see for more details.

We believe this approach could work also in other countries/regions. The change-maker could be other than a goat, but we believe in education + crafts + a change-maker based on local needs and involvement. 

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ManGo Development, Vilhelm Skjaerpe

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Vilhelm, great to hear about the inspiring work you and your team have been doing at Project Ngele! We have a program called Amplify that specifically tackles some of international development's biggest challenges. You might be curious to check back for updates on challenge topics releated to what your team is working on:T

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