Spotlight on the Good Works of the RCM Community Trust:
The Cameroon Goat & Chicken Fund
The Cameroon Goat & Chicken Fund was started in 2002 by St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. This initiative, led by Rotarian Sr. Edna Lonergan, provides goats, chickens and piglets to help poor residents in fifteen Cameroon villages.
Villagers in Cameroon hold “Thanks to Milwaukee Rotary” sign.
Why this program? First, there is a large need for healthy food in Cameroon. And, because the chickens and animals produce offspring, they can be a source of income. In some cases, the families use the earnings to pay for medicine for the elderly and put children through school.
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care collaborates with the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis. Based in Cameroon, the Tertiary Sisters operate farms where they raise the chickens, goats and piglets. They also manage the animal donation program and act as the “boots on the ground” who work closely with the village residents.
In 2012, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee through the World Community Service committee provided its first $1,300 grant to support the Cameroon Goats & Chicken project. Last year RCM donated $1,500 to purchase over 150 chickens to benefit over 35 families. The committee is currently considering a request to make a third donation to the program.
Funds are provided by the International Projects fund within the RCM Community Trust. Thank you for your continued support.