Got Your Goat?


Hannah Jane and her goat.

Many of us love our dogs or cats. They provide us with companionship and comfort—and often make us laugh.

But what about goats? Did you ever think of loving a goat?

A girl named Hannah Jane loves her goats.

In the Philippines, two goats provided her family with hope and helped to relieve their hunger. Eventually, the goats helped to create income for school expenses.  

Before Food for the Hungry (FH) gave the family two goats, Roberto and Mariquit Trinidad—along with their four children—felt hunger pangs every day.

Roberto worked construction jobs whenever one was available. Mariquit asked around her neighborhood for ways to earn a little money, through sewing or washing clothes. At best, these two parents could feed Hannah Jane and her brothers small meals, twice a day.

The four Trinidad children looked skinnier than other children. They attended school—but couldn’t participate in projects, because they couldn’t afford supplies.

In 2010, FH came to work in the Trinidad’s community. The family was given two pregnant goats, which gave birth to eight kids. The family sold the baby goats for money. This allowed Roberto and Mariquit to feed their children three times a day, with bigger portions. 

The goats kept having babies—which meant more income each year for the Trinidad family. Now, the children are at healthy weights. And they can afford to participate in school projects.

Hannah Jane loves to care for the goats. She also knows God provides and loves her. As she continues to be healthy and participates in school, she says, “I want to serve Him by sharing my talents with others.”

Animals, like goats, gifted to the poor help them overcome poverty.  So during this season of giving, have you gotten your goat to give to families, like the Trinidads? It’s a gift that will end hunger in their lives.

About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.

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