Ten Brinke Foundation - Current projects15.06.2018
In April 2015, the Ten Brinke Foundation gave green light for the launch of a new aid project in Sri Lanka. The project´s scope is the purchase of about 30 dairy cows to be distributed to about 20 families in the region Solepura in Sri Lanka. The project was developed in cooperation with the Foundation HAS (NL) and NEDLA (Sri Lanka), who organize this together.
Dairy farming in Sri Lanka is very interesting because of the availability of a lot of soilage for the cows. People in Sri Lanka do not have the financial resources to take the risk to purchase their own cow. This project aims at 20 dairy farmers which are trained by local facilities. They will be trained in local facilities how to keep cows and what else is important.
Update June 2018 - "The cow project has a major impact on certain areas in Sri Lanka. Families to which cows have been handed over, can pay 3 meals per day through the incomes they generate by selling milk. Furthermore, they can send their children to school.
A man who specializes in making cottage cheese, buys the milk from the farmers and sells the cottage cheese successfully" says Father Ajith during his visit to our head office in Varsseveld. Father Ajith is a priest of a Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, who manages the cow project.
The cottage cheese is sold in clay pots that are made by another family. Because of this, this family can generate incomes through the sale of the pots.
Update July 2017 - This year, the Ten Brinke Foundation offers a total of 24 new cows for 16 new families who are on the waiting list of the cow-project in Sri Lanka. Some of these families will receive two cows. This depends on the size of their families and the available land for the cows.
Together the farmers form a community, in which knowledge and experiences about the agriculture, cows and milk production, are shared. New farmers are educated to become farmers by the experienced farmers who are educated in the initial phase of the project.
At this moment, farmers who are supported by the cow project in Sri Lanka, can generate their own incomes to fulfill their basic needs such as food, clothing and education for their kids.
Update December 2016 - The project in Sri Lanka is developing very successfully. A total of 34 calves have already been born. The farmers planned the construction of a cowshed for their animals, because at this time, only a roof is available for these animals. The farmers have saved half of the costs by themselves for the cowshed, the other half will be funded by the microcredit of the Ten Brinke Foundation.
July 2015 - The first thing they will do is to build a small shelter in form of an open shed. During the day the cows graze outdoors. The project plan is to provide the concentrate for the first year to support the starting phase with the animals. Any costs for the veterinarian and the insemination of the animals are inherited too. It has been calculated that by selling the milk to dairies would help the families to get their own small basic income. When the livestock has increased more families could get a cow.