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Children’s Feature: Harold’s Goats

Here’s a short story about Harold, a young boy in Tanzania, and a gift of goats and seeds which changed his life.

Activity
Read the following story and lead the wondering statements. You may want to hold up a copy of the colouring page (downloadable below) as you read the story. After the story, hand out copies of this colouring page of Harold and one of his goats.

Story
Harold lives with his mother and brothers and sisters in a village in Tanzania called Dodoma. Dodoma is in a very dry part of Tanzania. Because it is so dry, sometimes the crops in the fields do not grow very well. When this happens, Harold and his family, like many other families in the area, become hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat.

One day the people of the village had a meeting. They met to decide who in the village needed help the most— they wanted to be sure that new seeds to plant, and a nice healthy goat, would be given to the poorest families. The people of Dodoma chose Harold’s family, among others, because they often struggle to get enough food. Harold’s neighbours knew that new seeds and goats would be a great big help to Harold and his family.

This goat has helped Harold’s family in many ways. It provides good milk to drink, and good manure to put on the fields so the crops grow even better with the new seeds. Harold’s goat had a baby, and his family gave that goat to another family so that they could have good milk and manure. Harold’s family now has five goats, and sold another two goats. They used the money from selling their goats to buy food, clothes, and school uniforms and to fix up their home. It’s amazing what one little goat can do! It can provide food and money to buy important things and help send Harold and his sisters and brothers to school.

Wonderings

Read these wondering statements and wait, allowing some time and freedom for the children to respond (or not).

  • I wonder what it would be like to live on a farm in Tanzania. I wonder where Tanzania is! (If you have a globe, atlas or world map, you may want to point it out).
  • I wonder what a village meeting is like and who would all be there.
  • I wonder what kinds of plants Harold’s family grows on their farm.
  • I wonder if Harold named his goats.

Prayer
God our Creator, thank you for our neighbours who take care of us. Help us also take care of our neighbours. Please be with the people who need neighbours. Bless the people who are working to reduce hunger for themselves, for their communities, and around the world. Thank you for goats and farms that help make lives better. Amen.

Click here for a PDF version of the activity instructions and the colouring sheet.

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