Today Faozi backed home earlier than everyday because his father would take him to visit grandparents.The boy walked into the house with a big smile on his face because he was thinking about the enjoyable trip to take a boat to the house of grandparents situated in the island and stayed there at night. Suddenly, he heard the voice of his mother asked “Would you like to go to the goat pen?” Without thinking for a split second, the boy rode on the motorcycle passenger seat and tightly held the waist of his mother.
Just a few minutes, mother and son arrived the goat pen located in the rubber tree garden owned by his relative and it is 2 kilometers away from his house. Faozi got off motorcycle and went straight to greet the goat which was trying to push its head out of the pen while his mother walked up to the pen and shrieked “Nanee (a goat name) had just given birth, and a newborn goat hadn’t stood up yet.”
Faozi rapidly walked up to the pen and gently petted the head of the baby goat lying in the hands of his mother. The boy heard his mother said gladly “We now have 16 goats including the newborn one which is a buck and we will raise it for sale.”
The goats of Faozi’s mother have increased every year since the start of raising 2 nanny goats three years ago. World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) Area Development Programme, Kapoe district, Ranong province has supported goat raising to impoverished families of children under “Child Sponsorship Programme” in order to help them have more income. Actually, there should have been 22 goats in the pen now if 6 male kids had not been sold and Faozi has heard mother said “I have a goal to have 30-40 goats.”
Faozi is confident that mother will reach her goal because she looks after the goats attentively. Besides letting goats eat grass freely from 3 pm to around 5-6 pm everyday, mother also gave the names to every goat and remember all details of them.
“It’s learning by doing! Because I raise the goats and look after everything by myself so that when the goats get sick or have parasites, I will know how to solve the problem and I also give injection to the goats by myself.” Mother proudly told the story to the guests visiting her goat pen and she also added “Normally, I am a housewife and my husband is a general employee. We are very glad to receive the goats from WVFT and we intend to raise them as a career. The nanny goats received from WVFT are very good breeder giving a lot of healthy offspring and they are now pregnant. But for some goats, we bought them by ourselves.”
Recently, Faozi heard mother told father that the group of goat raising in Naka subdistrict, which is the community that Faozi family lives in, invited her to be a member of the group and asked her to be the mentor giving the knowledge of goat raising to the other groups. Mother looks happy and father is proud. And so is Faozi.