Last week Fiona French arranged for Fred to spend a day at the Send a Cow Offices in Newton Street Loe in Bath. He had a wonderful day spending time with two of their most senior people who explained how their agriculture programmes work.
Send a Cow was set up by a group of Christian dairy farmers from the UK over 25 years ago. Outraged at EU milk quotas, which were forcing them to slaughter healthy dairy cows, and in response to an appeal from Uganda for milk, they embarked on a project, which was set to become an innovative and practical charity. Uganda was just emerging from a long civil war, communities and their farmland had been destroyed and much of the country’s livestock wiped out. Several of the UK farmers flew to Africa to investigate how they could help.
Meeting with Ugandan farmers, the Bishop of Mukono, and a livestock expert, they saw how smallholder dairy farming in Africa could work. People there were unable to feed themselves and milk would provide an instant source of nutrition. They returned to the UK determined to help and sent cows from their own herds to Uganda. Send a Cow was born.
The friendship between Cress and Send A Cow all started with Edward Upton, Caroline’s son in law, making the connection and the rest, as they say, is history. CRESS has learnt so much from the charity and the results of this were clearly evident to see when the UK team visited recently and the massive improvement in the women’s agriculture groups. It was extremely kind of Send A Cow to give their valuable time to Fred last week and share all that they have learnt and do!
We are grateful for all the help and support Send A Cow have given to CRESS and we shall continue to nurture this invaluable relationship.
Founder & CEO