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The First Book Of Farming
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Lesotho: Equipping Vulnerable Children with Survival Tools
An orphan, wearing the typical Lesotho blanket. © The Global Fund/ Guy Stubbs Equipping Vulnerable Children with Survival Tools There are an estimated 180,000 orphans in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, of a population of just over two million. Most of those orphans’ parents died of AIDS – one out of four adults is HIV positive. Poverty, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and food insecurity are interlinked and combine to form the biggest threats to child safety in Lesotho. The country is concentrating its resources on providing protection and care to orphans and vulnerable children and the Global Fund is one of the key supporters. HIV/AIDS has resulted in increasing numbers of orphans Lesotho has the third highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world following Swaziland and Botswana. The disease strikes hardest at men and women during their most productive years. Free HIV/AIDS drugs have been available in hospitals since 2004 – thanks to government and the Global Fund. However, too many adult lives are still being lost which is devastating children’s overall development and tearing apart the social fabric of entire communities. Many orphans and vulnerable children are dependent on elderly unemployed grandmothers. Others live in child-headed households, caring for younger siblings and forced to be self reliant. These children are an easy target of violence, abuse and exploitation. Survival mechanisms Orphaned children are prone to risky behavior because they lack parental supervision. Limakatso Chisepo, Director of the Department of Social Welfare – the government department tasked with the care, support and protection of orphans explains why girls are particularly susceptible: “With girl children, some are burdened with domestic work. The girl child may be forced to marry early, or might decide to marry early to support herself. They are desperate for finances so intergenerational relationships are rife. Girls think ‘If I go out with a married man he’s going to support me.’” These relationships perpetuate the cycle of infection from HIV/AIDS. Chisepo says very young girls earn money from sex: “If both parents were there providing for their child you would not see them selling themselves.” Boys have different challenges. It’s easier for them to earn money herding livestock – a traditional occupation in Lesotho – than it is to continue school. Many of them drop out of school and are exposed to social problems, plus they lack education and skills to help them to survive in adulthood. Education Since 2000 primary education to the age of 12 has been provided for free in Lesotho but there are fees for further education. One of the country’s most serious challenges is getting children from poor families into high school. For AIDS orphans even the free primary school may seem out of reach because they can’t afford a school uniform. Not wearing a uniform would not lead to dismissal, but children without can’t help but feel “different” from their classmates. The Global Fund is helping to finance organizations that buy uniforms and offer support to orphans. Education is key for a brighter future and the Global Fund, together with the government, offers high school bursaries for orphans and vulnerable children. However the procedure to qualify for help with school fees is too complicated for some, especially vulnerable children in rural areas. Help in applying for bursaries for school fees is just a phone call away. Childline – saving lives, protecting rights Childline ensures social workers are standing by, day and night, for children who have no one else to see them through. It’s sponsored by the Global Fund and UNICEF. Calls are free and telephone operators – trained in social welfare skills – give advice on issues like school bursaries and also respond to critical or even life-threatening incidents. Childline staff ensure abandoned children or children in abusive situations are provided with a safe place to stay. See who’s been dialing Childline… Childline staff work closely with a national network of regional and community social workers coordinated by the Social Welfare Ministry to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children receive the help they are entitled to wherever they live. Property grabbing When the head of a family dies, adult relatives may feel entitled to take over the house even when it’s needed by children still living at home. Property grabbing – as the practice is termed in Lesotho – means that AIDS orphans often lose not only their parents but also the family home, land and cattle. One solution is to encourage people to leave a will. The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) is promoting the idea of leaving a will to help protect the inheritance rights of orphans and vulnerable children. Cofinanced by the Global Fund, FIDA works to stop children from being dispossessed of their parents’ belongings. The organization trains paCASA DO SOL, Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa
From South-Africa-Hotels.com Casa do Sol Perfectly placed in the beautiful setting of Mpumalanga, Casa Do Sol is just a few hours from Johannesburg - and the drive is breathtaking. Just beyond the boundaries of the hotel lie some of the jewels of creation: God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon and all the other scenic glories of Mpumalanga - and that last great haven of wildlife, the Kruger National Park, is just a hop away. Casas and Villas are situated on either side of a cobbled street. Suites are clustered around a picturesque green where O'Estabulo Restaurant and a cosy bar create a village atmosphere. Restaurants Casa do Sol is renowned for the excellence of its food, and its exceptional wines. In part, this is because of the skill of the chefs; in part, it is because the vegetables, fruit and dairy products used in the Casa do Sol kitchens are farm-grown - and only the best and freshest from the estate are used. Casa do Sol features the Cozinha Velha restaurant, the O Estabulo a la Carte superior restaurant, the Chiquitas bar and bar-restaurant as well as two Braai areas. Facilities The pool area is sheer magic. The crystal waters of two swimming pools are surrounded by tropical gardens which have justifiably won awards for their lush colours and serene beauty - an environment sure to lull you into a state of gentle euphoria. Leisure activities include horse-riding, bass fishing, wildlife tours, golf, hiking and bird watching. All sporting facilities and equipment - except golf - are exclusively available to Casa do Sol quests at no charge. Wildlife, tours & leisure activities With an acute consciousness of the need to preserve our ecology in a natural state, the owners of Casa do Sol have set aside 500 hectares of virgin, indigenous bush as a nature reserve. Breeding herds of a variety of antelope and other non-aggressive game peacefully roam the reserve. Guests may have the unique pleasure of hiking through the bush on their own, and in complete safety. Extensive trails have been marked out by the Casa do Sol conservationist for your guidance. Over 100 different species of trees have been marked according to the Africa List. Casa do Sol has committed itself to the nurturing and preservation of our wild flora and fauna. Horse-riding The stables at Casa do Sol house many fine horses, so enjoy a ride or explore the estate on horseback. An all-weather floodlit tennis court is available, and guests can enjoy a round of golf at any of the 4 golf courses within 20 minutes drive. Bass fishing, bird watching or boating on Casa do Sol's dam are all relaxing and infinitely peaceful pastimes.
Starting a small scale farm is the dream of Americans young and old, from those who watched the majesty of the great western farm in films during their youth to those who spent their childhood actually working on a farm. However, for many of these individuals it is a matter of logistics and cost that keeps them from realizing their dreams. Raising beef cattle, ducks, rabbits, and any other small animals such as sheeps, goats, or chickens takes not only a decent amount of money to get started, but knowhow that doesn t come in textbooks while in school. This book was written with the intent of providing anyone who has ever wanted to start their own small scale farm the necessary resources and information needed to start raising small animals and cattle. You will learn everything you need to know to raise a wide variety of small animals. You will learn how to care for chickens, from choosing the right breed to raising them for egg production. You will learn how to handle geese and ducks, choosing the correct breeds, feeding, housing, breeding, and selecting the right ones for egg production. You will also learn about egg incubation, maintaining poultry health, and how raise them for meat. Other animals you will learn how to care for include rabbits, goats, sheep, dairy cows, and beef cattle. Small farmers and animal experts have been interviewed in detail and their responses added to this book to provide additional insight into every aspect of raising farm animals. This includes details about how to purchase, house, feed, breed, record, and butcher animals of all types as well as how to gather milk, use goats and cows for maintaining your fields, and even keeping records of births and selling babies. Everything you might need to know about raising small animals for your farm is included in this guide to provide you the first steps to raising domesticated poultry and livestock.See also:
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