ISSN 1710-6931 July 13, 2007 Issue 103

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Cow Breeding: Opportunity To Develop Skills In Refugee Camp

The New Educational Center for Hope (NECH), located in the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in the Kasulu District of Tanzania, is looking at the opportunity to institute a cow breeding program.

According to Bilombele Askulu, the Executive Director of the Center and Coordinator for Nyarugusu Camp, this initiative will not only give the orphans a chance to obtain much needed milk, but will also give them the opportunity to develop their skills as they learn about agriculture and livestock breeding.

Home to 364 HIV/AIDS orphans who are connected to North America via RESPECT International's involvement with NECH, the plan is that NECH volunteers will be in charge of caring for the cows, but may also include refugee assistance.

The Nyarugusu Refugee Camp presents us with an example of some of the effects of diseases like HIV/AIDS and how these effects are reinforced by impoverished and congested conditions.

The problem of HIV/AIDS and immunodeficiency in Africa is one that can seem to dominate the struggle of helping the continent while we try to make sense of its politics, difference and material needs.

In 1988, the Kagere region of Tanzania was described by journalists as the epicenter of an AIDS epidemic that might destroy the entire country, according to a report by Dr. Marc Deru.

Although conditions have improved with increasing birth rates and a decline in deaths, the problem of diseases that establish or thrive upon a weakened immune system still remains.

Bilombele emphasizes that the orphans live in extremely difficult conditions and are in need of nutritious food like milk. He says that because they cannot afford to buy them they must rely on donations and funds from humanitarian organizations.

He says that when the project is successful they will be able to think about meat as another source of nutrition, but the main object at the moment is to get milk.

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