The ‘Cans For Kids Project’ – a fundraising and social outreach initiative by Year 5 & 6 students at Our Lady of Hope School in Adelaide, South Australia – provides micro-financing funds for Balinese children in need from the sale of recyclable plastic bottles, cans and fruit boxes.
Students collect the containers, which are cleaned and sorted, before selling them to raise money for social-enterprise projects on and around Bali. The student’s latest campaign has funded the purchase of five goats loaned to families of schoolchildren on the island of Nusa Penida, off Bali – an Indonesian island group popular with generations Australian holidaymakers.
With support from Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF), the proceeds of ‘Cans for Kids Project’ paid for purchase and transport of the goats to Nusa Penida. The project has provided opportunity for five families who live on Nusa Penida to ‘borrow’ goats for two years. Any off spring born during the loan period can be kept by the family for breeding and sale.
After the loan period, the original goat is ‘returned’ and loaned to another family. The goat-loan-breeding program can help offset educational costs of children and also support the work of FNPF. The Cans For Kids Project is all about kids recycling to help kids in need.
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Humans rarely talk of us, the humble, simple Goat
We’re seen by most on roads and paths and places quite remote
We graze in mountain pastures and bleat with pure delight
We’re going to help a family, fight their awful plight
Our task is very simple and of course we aim to please
Our masters’ income trebles as he sells our milk and cheese
He keeps the profits for his tribe, a better life now yields
We get treated handsomely, by living in lush fields
After a vacation, off we go once more
Assisting one more family, escaping from being poor
I urge more Goats to join this scheme, to see the children smile
To realise our diversity, to see it’s all worthwhile
Rhyme by Jerry Berry Roberts.
Jerry Roberts is a travelling poet, who pens popular rhymes of life’s wonders around the globe.