Wills Point, USA (ANS) – A “moo-ving” Christmas campaign aims to lift pandemic-affected families out of extreme poverty — with gifts of cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals.
Texas-based humanitarian agency GFA World (www.gfa.org) says a single farm animal can transform the fortunes of a family in dire poverty, providing food and sustainable income.
In a new report, the global organization cites that an estimated 711 million people worldwide — more than double the entire population of the U.S. — now survive on $1.90 per day or less. That’s an alarming 8.5% increase since the pandemic began.
“The hardest hit are always the poorest of the poor,” said GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan (also known as Metropolitan Yohan).
The organization’s latest special report, A Surprising Antidote to World Poverty: Farm Animals (http://www.gfa.org/
Last Christmas, GFA World supporters provided income-generating gifts for more than 260,000 needy families. To give a farm animal and other life-changing gifts this Christmas, people can go to GFA World’s online Christmas gift catalog at www.gfa.org/gift.
Expression of God’s Love
“Helping defeat poverty by giving farm animals to a family that has nothing is a tangible expression of God’s love,” said Yohannan. “It’s not just a quick fix — long term it can help families out of poverty for good.”
Extreme poverty, Yohannan said, leads to “unmitigated desperation” — families sifting through stinking garbage piles for scraps of food, children trapped in forced labor, and girls selling their bodies just to survive.
Farm animals provide not only a source of food, but also a reliable income as they reproduce. This, in turn, means families can afford to eat better, buy medicines, and even enroll their children in school.
“The result is that an entire community can be transformed through these simple Christmas gifts that show people the love of God in action,” Yohannan said. “These gifts can spark a permanent change in even the most desperate places on earth.”