Pageant News 8 March 2011 - with updates
During her recent visit to The Gambia, Pippa
Howard called at a very poor Gambian house to collect letters from
the children to their sponsors. She was very disturbed to find that ALL the goats
belonging to the family had been stolen. This was really terrible for them,
as they were the only things of value that they possessed.
Apparently the thieves had taken 3 goats one night and then the
remaining 4 a few nights later. No-one saw or heard anything, so it
is extremely unlikely that they will ever get any of the goats back. It is
really appalling, and mercifully quite unusual, for anyone to steal
from people who have so little in the first place.
The family didn't ask for anything, but Pippa has decided to try and
make a make a
quick collection of money for them during the next few weeks, so
that they can replace at least some of the goats. Pippa will be
returning in April so this appeal is urgent. The cost of an adult goat
is about 2,000-2,200 dalasis (£44-48). Initially we set ourselves
the target of replacing 4 or 5 of the goats at a cost of £240.
Update 13 March
In just 5 days we have nearly reached this
original target. So we are now going to try and replace all 7 goats,
and also provide an enclosure where the goats will be more secure at
night. Our new target is £450.
Update 22 March
The success of the goat appeal is almost
overwhelming. Our current total is
£749.50. Ann and Brian Keating will be taking £150 out to The Gambia
this Friday, so that a shelter can be built ready for the goats.
Pippa, Tina and Frances will be going out on 11 April, and they will
be able to buy some goats straight away, after checking that the
shelter is OK. We don't really know how much a goat shelter will
cost, but there will certainly be enough money left over to replace
all seven goats, and possibly add one or two extra. There might even
be enough to buy further goats to give to another poor family.
Update 10 April - Appeal closed
Our total reached £808.14, and we have now
closed the appeal. Our
grateful thanks to all who have contributed, especially staff at ERA
Technology, and members of
John's Church, Broadbridge Heath. Pippa is
leaving for The Gambia on Monday 11 April, and we will keep you up
to date with more news about the goats.
Update May 2011 - Pageant buys the new
We have now bought seven new goats to replace
those stolen, and organised a secure shelter for them. Money left
over has been used to provide four goats to each of two poor
families, together with ecure shelters. (Read more
about this story)
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