Cattle Raising Program (CRP)
The Cattle Raising Program is a livestock and husbandry loan program, which offers financial assistance as incentives to encourage parents to keep their children in school to obtain basic education, while promoting economic self-sufficiency for the child and their family. The Cattle Raising Program (CRP) provides each child with a calf and hands-on training regarding basic husbandry along with an annual education stipend to cover tuition costs and school supplies. In return, each child participant is required to maintain 100% school attendance and minimum grade averages for at least two years.
During the two years participation, each student will learn how to raise and care for the calf with the assistance of paid local staff. Local staff includes a coordinator, who oversees the progress of the program, and a veterinarian, who provides husbandry expertise to teach the participating student how to properly raise a healthy animal.
Following its success in the Central area of Vietnam, the Cattle Raising Program (CRP) was eventually implemented in the Highland and South Viet Nam in the beginning of 2003 with similar success. CRP provides a foundation in the development of economic self-sufficiency for children and their family.
The qualified participants are selected from poor, disadvantaged, or orphaned groups of children, who wish to have an opportunity to continue with their education. Each selection is based on the child’s adverse socio-economic circumstance, his/her strong interest in attaining or maintaining an education, and the ability of the child and his/her family to care for the animal.
The participant will retain the ownership of the cow that he/she had raised, once the first calf born out of the original cow is passed-on to the next qualified participant in the CRPNH, thus the cycle continues with the next participanting student.
After the completion of the two-year minimum education requirement, the participant graduates and is eligible to enroll in a more rigorous program from ACWP’s Education Sponsorship Program (ESP). Based on the student’s prior success with CRP, this step is the next phase which will enable the student to receive continued financial support for further education. The two-year duration serves to enable ACWP to provide cattle and financial assistance to more students.
How You Can Help
ACWP is seeking long-term sponsorship support for the CRP with annual renewable interests.
$100 USD investments will provide one-year sponsorship for one child from 1st to 5th grades
$200 USD investments will provide one-year sponsorship for one child from grades 6th and up.
$500 USD investments will provide one calf to a child and his/her family.
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Implemented with ten cows in 1996 in Thuy An Village in Central Viet Nam, the Cattle Raising Program was greeted with enthusiasm from both children and adults. The program quickly grew and by 1998, seventeen calves were born which then passed on to the next seventeen new participants. Thirty seven more calves were quickly added to the program at the end of 1999. By the school year of 2001-2002, the CRP was successfully replicated in 5 more near by villages and placed more than 100 children under its program.
Since its inception in1996, the Cattle Raising Program has produced more than six hundred cows, and helped more than three hundred children to attain basic education combined with the animal husbandry knowledge and experience. Many of the participants have gone on to achieve higher education by attending high school and/or university in Vietnam. One success story is where one participant had successfully become a Doctor and is now practicing medicine at a Hospital in Saigon Vietnam.
Did You Know...
It takes an average of two years for a calf to mature. And after two years, a matured cow can sell for $400-$500 each --an amount equal to that of a farmer’s annual income. Thus, CRP has provided the participating families with an opportunity to obtain basic education, self-sufficiency, and financial jumpstart, which was the main goal and objective of the Cattle Raising Program.
An ACWP’s annual report published in 2015 showed that many of the families who had participated in the original Cattle Raising Program started in 1996, still had an average of 4 cows, out of the initial calf they received in 1996. Total raised 600 cows out of 20 cows from beginning.
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