Mother Raises Awareness of Malnutrition

Our final stop on the “milk train” is a newly opened goat raising center that SC, along with the support from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), opened as an integral part of the goat milk program.  Thousands of children and their families will benefit from the center by learning the same goat raising techniques that Juanita and Senor Cash use.  These skills will enable them to provide their children with the key nutrients to grow and to create an income from their milk surplus.

Touring the pristine facility I am drawn to a newborn goat separated from his mother. Cradling him gently in my arms, my heart aches as he searches my neck for his mother’s nipples taking me back seventeen years earlier to the swell of my breast begging for relief from my baby.  My emotions travel full circle as the sting of my grief feels fresh and my affection for the women and children that I had only just met overwhelms me.  Strangely, I am overcome by a sense of healing and of purpose; helping other children in a way that I wasn’t able to help my daughter.

As I click “process order” for my weekly online milk and produce delivery I’m reminded of my good fortune and cannot help but think of Juanita and Senor Cash. Rather than accepting their fate they have made the courageous commitment to bring change to their community. I’m grateful to have met them and thankful for the lessons that they unknowingly have given me. On the outside we are different: we look different, dress different – I am as foreign to them as they are to me. But on the inside we are the same. We love our children and want the same for them – a healthy start to life.

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