£223,371 raised for Send a Cow

£223,371 raised for Send a Cow

We have completed five years of fundraising for our charity partner Send a Cow and are delighted to report that, with your help, we’ve raised a life-changing £223,371.

It’s been a fantastic joint effort from customers and staff. Fundraising activities have included sponsored mud runs, a Three Peaks Challenge, quizzes and raffles, thousands of £1 donations and selling second hand garden fleece.

We are now committed to supporting Send a Cow’s Ugandan Orphans project. See how you can help.

Thank you so much to Riverford customers and staff for your support. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved.

About the Ugandan Orphans project

Life is extraordinarily hard for children in the rural districts of Mityana and Rakai. Households are dependent on rain-fed agriculture and small plots of land, leaving many struggling to grow food. Poverty has been exacerbated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and children as young as 11 have been left orphaned. As head of their households, they have been forced into drastic survival strategies. Many have dropped out of school with no employable skills, toiling on other people’s land for a little food. For girls there is little option but to marry early, trapping them in a vicious cycle of poverty that can extend for generations.

In this 4 year project, Send a Cow Uganda will work with 400 households, helping them to live sustainably from their small plots of land and teaching them about access to market and wealth creation.

Guy Watson visits Uganda

In March, Guy, Jon and Dale from Riverford visited the Going Organic project to see Send a Cow’s work in action. Watch the highlights of their trip here.

How you can help

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the project so far. If you’d like to help, there are different ways you can donate.

  • Add a £1 donation to Send a Cow to your Riverford order here.
  • Email us on help@riverford.co.uk or call 01803 227227 if you’d like to donate

More about Riverford and Send a Cow

Send a Cow was set up in the 1980s by farmers in the South West, to help African families and orphans grow their way out of poverty. Originally they sent surplus cows to Africa, but they don’t do this any longer. Instead, by providing livestock, seeds, training and support, they help families escape poverty for good by enabling them to grow enough food to eat and extra to sell.

We have a long relationship with Send a Cow and their aims and values fit with our own. Like Riverford, they believe in good farming as the source of food, lives and communities. They work practically at a human scale and really understand the communities where they work, helping make them more resilient through their ‘pass it on’ principle. Send a Cow work patiently for sustainable solutions rather than short term fixes, giving people the tools to help themselves instead of becoming dependent on aid.

We trust Send a Cow completely to make good use of the support we give. The relationship builds on our existing links with Uganda. We have personal contacts including Timothy Njakasi, who has worked at Riverford and set up the Kasengi-Riverford Training Centre; Patrick who runs an orphanage in Uganda and several other smallholders who have visited Riverford on educational projects in recent years. We have also bought vanilla from a women’s co-operative in Uganda connected to Send a Cow.

Visit www.sendacow.org.uk to find out more about Send a Cow. Charity number 299717.

woman working a field