Getting Your Goat

When’s the last time someone “got your goat?” In America, we think of getting someone’s goat as irritating them or, using another euphemism, “ruffling their feathers.” The phrase is said to have originated to describe an old habit associated with horse racing.

Goats were often kept with the high-strung horses because the presence of goats seemed to be a calming influence. It was, reportedly, a common occurrence for some horse owners to steal another owner’s goat the night before a race, hoping that the horse would become sufficiently unsettled so that it performed poorly on race day.

What Getting Your Goat Means in Kenya

In a way, there is some similarity, because getting a goat can relieve a lot of anxiety and stress – in many cases the stress of good nutrition, health and income. In Kenya, however, getting someone’s goat is not a euphemism. We are talking about real goats, obtained through the resources of faithful supporters of the Food for the Hungry (FH) program.

Oscar got his first goat in 2011, when he was only 13 years old. He is the second of five children being raised by a mother who has tested HIV positive. Taken as a whole, there is hardly anything good in that preceding sentence, but there is in the sentence before it. Oscar now has three dairy goats, and that is a very good thing.

What Is a Goat Worth in Kenya?

To the average American, a goat has no value. To an indigent, outcast family in a developing African country, a goat is a blessing of great magnitude. Did you know that the average dairy goat produces about a half-gallon of milk per day? That milk provides important nutrients for a family of six. In fact, at a half-gallon per goat per day, the milk from three goats may be more than a family needs. That extra milk can become a regular income stream to help pay for things like medications and school tuition and supplies. What is a goat worth in Kenya? It is worth nutrition. It is worth better health. It is worth education. It is worth cash.

A Goat in Kenya Is Worth More Than You Think

The majority of Kenyans are agrarian, tending to small plots of various qualities of tillable soil. Oscar helps his mother raise maize, coffee beans and bananas on their land. Would you believe that the goats have helped them produce better bananas? You see, goats have a back-end by-product that seems to be ideal for fertilizing bananas. Since FH arranged for Oscar to have his very first goat, banana quality and production has been growing.

What Is a Goat Worth in America?

In the FH gift catalog, a goat is worth $56, the cost of a meal for four at a medium-priced restaurant, including the tip. $56 is not even a sacrifice for many Americans. The question is, are you willing to let the Oscars of the world “get your goat” from FH? Your donation of just one goat could change the life of a poverty-stricken family for a long time to come. That $56 meal would be gone in 30 minutes.

You can help to make a world of difference by giving us your financial support. Please go to the catalog pages of our Food for the Hungry website to see how you can help in Jesus’ name.