Nicaragua Mission Project
The Cow Project
To date about 575 families in and around the mission settlements of Camoapa have a cow. With a $100 donation, we buy a milk cow and when she is pregnant with her first calf, it is given to a family - given to the MOTHER of the family. The cow will birth a calf for each of the next 7 years, thus supplying the family with milk, cream, cheese - and the offspring.
The first two calves are given back to the project to be raised for other families. After that, the family "owns" the cow and subsequent calves.
12 to 15 cows in a settlement, a bull is provided .
The mother of the family also signs a contract stating that the cow will be cared for, that two calves will be returned to the project, that each month two homemade cheese will be given to another family or an elderly person .... and that they will work together as a group.