For families suffering from malnutrition and poverty, livestock is a desirable asset. Many people living in the rural villages of southern Asia are field laborers, where the work is only seasonal. These laborers work long, dangerous hours in the hot sun with little pay. Many times, children have to look after themselves for much of the day as the parents try to earn enough for food and shelter.
Animals such as chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, cows and water buffaloes can be used to supply food like eggs, milk and butter during the off season. Offspring from the livestock can be sold for income, and breeding can become a primary income source in some cases. Each family provided with livestock is encouraged to use the first offspring to bless another person in need. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
LIVESTOCK (SOUTH ASIA)