Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter

Beatrice's Goat has become one of my all time, very favorite books!This is a story of a young girl named Beatrice and her family. Beatrice lives with her mother and five younger siblings in a rural Ugandan village in Africa. This story reveals the devastating reality of poverty. Beatrice's dream was to be able to go to school, but there was no money for that. Heifer Project International, a charitable organization that provides livestock to families living in poverty, was able to help her family by providing a goat for Beatrice and her family through charitable contributions. Mugisa the goat (whose name means Luck) provided the benefits of nutrition and income from her milk. With the sale of her milk, Beatrice's mother was able to send her to school. Beatrice's mother also passed on the gift of the first female baby goat to another family who was in need, continuing the benefits of income and nutrition to another family in their village. Beatrice is now in the United States, continuing her education. Her new dream is of a mission to be a part of Heifer International. She plans to return to Uganda after she graduates in order to continue helping her family and neighbors. If you've ever had a difficult time choosing a charitable organization to contribute to, I would recommend The Heifer International Organization. This is a wonderful organization whose goal is to alleviate world hunger and dedicated to the work of justice and peace around the world.
This book and its message are truly an example of the "pay it forward" theory. I hope that you will come in and check it out for yourself. Happy Summer!

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