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  1. Goat Farming Project Summary • Project db name: Malaria Control Program - Phase II • NGO – Mandra Lions Club (MLC) • Location – Baghmundi – small town, Purulia district, WB • Aims • Support ongoing malaria testing program • Provide villagers with goats – source of income, food • Provide community/NGO with a sustainable model to support other development initiatives • Project to be profitable in 3 years

  2. Funding Summary • Approved by • AID Atlanta (Dec 2008)- $3100 • AID Morgantown (Mar 2009) - $2000 • AID Pittsburg (April 2009) - $2000 • TOTAL approved - $7100 • Date money received – May 2009 • MLC started construction/project in March 2009 using funds from a DFID project. • Post approval site visit – December 2009

  3. Site Visit Report – Mandra Lions Club • Outline of visit • 1.5 days – really short • Arrived Ranchi (Jharkhand) on Dec 3 • Drove 3 hours to Baghmundi • Met with staff of MLC – head – Somnath Roy • Went on motorbike up to Ayodhya Hills next morning • Visited village which had received goats • Malaria testing center • Goat breeding center • MLC headquarters • http://picasaweb.google.com/elapogeo/SiteVisitPurulia# • Outline of visit • 1.5 days – really short • Arrived Ranchi (Jharkhand) on Dec 3 • Drove 3 hours to Baghmundi • Met with staff of MLC – head – Somnath Roy • Went on motorbike up to Ayodhya Hills next morning • Visited village which had received goats • Malaria testing center • Goat breeding center • MLC headquarters • http://picasaweb.google.com/elapogeo/SiteVisitPurulia#

  4. Site Visit • Impressions/Facts: • Received breakdown of expenses, list of people who received goats, dates, etc. • They are definitely working to make a change in these communities – all the people I met were in this for the cause and not the money. • They have over 70 people working on different projects across WB/Orissa. • MLC is working on around 10 projects at this time with other funders including AID Boston, Asha, UNICEF, etc. – new project with Asha Cornell. • Size of the operation makes me feel like they are caught up in the “NGO business” – not a bad thing.

  5. Project Status • Achievements to date: • Completed construction of breeding site - operational • Distributed 40+ goats to villagers (local breed) • Want to expand farm to include nearby land for growing local crops in partnerships with community • Still on track to be profitable • Problems encountered: • Project delayed from Cyclone Alia (mid 2009) • Somnath had to recover from surgery (late 2009) • Still have problems connecting facility with electricity/water • Still to implement training program • Still to purchase hybrid goats for breeding program – plan was to do this in Jan 2010 – from partner in Maharashtra.

  6. Next steps • To receive proposal from MLC for 2010 budget • In the original proposal the breakdown by year was: • For 1st year  - Rs.3, 56,750.00 • 2nd year  - Rs. 1,43,250.00 • 3rd Year – Rs. 1,43,250.00 • Contact Pittsburg and Morgantown about their continued support