Many remote Tibetan Refugee settlements in India and Nepal struggle to provide basic subsistence for all their inhabitants. Sonada Tibetan Settlement, a poor settlement near Darjeeling in north east India, has the added challenge of providing for children from remote and poor areas who are sent to the settlement for schooling. With the simple but innovative idea of building up a small herd of cows, Sonada settlement hopes to go some way to attaining greater self-sufficiency and better health for its inhabitants. If a small herd can be formed, milk, a valuable source of protein, can be provided for all the children, instantly improving their diet; plus fertiliser for the school’s new kitchen garden, which would help provide nutritious vegetables. A dairy co-operative for the whole settlement could also be set up giving fertiliser for their crop fields; and income from sales of surplus milk to promote self-sustainability ... udderly brilliant!
£60 buys a fifth of a cow (choose from - tail, back legs, udders, front legs, head!)
£150 buys materials for the cow shed
£300 buys a cow!
All proceeds from sale of this item go to Tibet Relief Fund