Cows for Christmas
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When terrorists struck on September 11th, the Maasai, in an act of selfless compassion, donated 14 cows to America. Cattle are among their most sacred and precious possessions. Now they need our help!
In 2009, Kenyan police forcibly took over 6,000 cattle from innocent Samburu--including widows and orphans-- driving them into famine during one of the worst droughts in over half a century. KARE has worked tirelessly for human rights, restoring security, and developing a Cattle National ID system to prevent future losses. Samburu East residents remain in a state of famine, due to the loss of their cattle.
Please consider donating a cow or goat, in lieu of a gift this year. Give a Gift of Hope! If you'd like to donate in the name of someone, as a gift, you can download this gift certificate (pdf - 9.9MB).
Donate a Cow!
Cows, in the Maasai pastoral culture, are not only precious pets, but a sacred and crucial part of their livelihood and tradition. The Maasai sing to their cows, take care of them as family members, and see them as a symbol of wealth. This is the most directly beneficial gift to the tribe.
A cow will provide years of companionship and milk to its new family. Please choose a cow, or buy a "share": 1/4 of a cow.
A pregnant cow will not only give companionship, but a precious calf! The Samburu Maasai have agreed to share any calves born with another family in the tribe. Please choose a pregnant cow, or buy a "share": 1/4 of a pregnant cow.
A bull will allow the Samburu Maasai to help repopulate their herd! Please choose a bull, or buy a "share": 1/2 of a bull.
Donate a flock of Chickens or a Goat!
Chickens are a perfect gift. They are easy to care for and give a perpetual income source eggs! Goats are also important to the Samburu Maasai culture, providing a source of milk and meat. Goats are also herded by young children, teaching these children responsibility and needed skills.
Flock of Chickens $40
In the arid climate of Samburu, chickens are the perfect flock to easily maintain. The women sell their eggs to neighboring towns and to Sabache, the eco-lodge that supports the tribe. The eggs and meat are also vital for nourishing a family.
Herding is an essential skill in the Maasai culture, symbolizing both the ability to care for a family and appreciation of an important food source. Young children are often given goats to teach these children responsibility and skill in livestock care. Goats are also great milk producers!
A contribution of any amount will help.
You can make a donation of any amount, and 100% of your contribution
will go directly to purchase livestock for the Samburu.