What a difference milk makes. 
n May 2007 Fr Jason Micheni and PP Wilma Best of the Rotary Club of Healesville met at a District Conference in
Uganda.  Project work in Uganda had reached a point where, by December 2009, attention could turn to the plight of
the orphans and needy children of Kariakomo, Kenya.  Children in the Kariakomo Compound were suffering and
then the first of the Pedigree Friesian heifers in calf was donated to supply milk and support Fr Jason Micheni and
the orphaned and needy children and villagers of Kariakomo Parish, Meru, Kenya.
The Toggenburg Milking Goats are very suitable for management by the grandmothers and children in Kariakomo
village.  The children had been found to come to school with empty stomachs and the project supports the caring
grandmothers.  Milking Goats were considered more suitable than cows for small areas of land around the mud
houses in the village.  Kenyan culture traditionally included the keeping of milking goats. 
So best of breed Toggenburg Goats, purchased from breeders in Meru, Kenya, were chosen for their proven milk
production of 4Litres of goat’s milk per day.
Fundraising and donations enabled the gift of 45 goats between 2010 and 2012.  The target is a total of 75 goats that
would provide each village group consisting of a grandmother caring for up to 10 orphans – with one goat.  We know
that those groups who have received a milking goat to feed milk to children and have a little milk to sell, are doing
very well. They treasure the goats as precious animals and the children assist in collecting goat food and water. 
The goats have made a hugely beneficent difference to the lives of the recipients.
Through the International Host Partner
Rotarians' of the Rotary Club of
Meru,D9200 in Kenya, implementation
of the project is in strong capable hands. 
Here in Australia since 2007 the project
has flourished with active community
fundraising, donations from individuals
and businesses also support from many
clubs in D9810 and farther afield. 
In D9810 this project was given the
International Project award for
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Project History
Sustainable Source Of Gas
In September 2011 a cow manure recycling plant that harvests methane gas (Biogas) was constructed and
attributed to the Communities of Healesville and District.  The Kenyan Government provided a subsidy.  The Cow
waste now produces methane gas which is piped to supply for cooking and water heating fuel.  The plant provides
12 hours of cooking time per day, conserves valuable wood and recycles the cow dung waste product- this is a
sustainable source of fuel.
Kariakomo compound is now a recognised demonstration site for feeding and
management of Milking Cows, villager’s Toggenburg Milking Goats and BioGas
generation.  People come from miles around to marvel at the 12cubic metre
BioGas plant and to attend training to learn about the care and feeding of cows
and goats.
The dome of the in ground Digester – later covered in soil leaving the gas pipe
exposed, then hooked up to gas pipes and channelled to four food preparation
Through Rotary We Are Making A Difference -
But To Purchase More Goats, Cows And Infrastructure, This Project Needs Your Financial Support.
This support can suit all budgets..
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This Humanitarian project provides sustainable farm aid and
infrastructure to fight poverty and hunger among orphans and
needy villagers in Kariakomo Parish, Meru, Kenya, Africa