Route Journey

Relay for Hope is a virtual event travelling 32,460 miles between Ethiopia, Zambia and the UK, through the communities where Send a Cow works. As you virtually travel across rural Africa to reach 13 checkpoints, we'll send you information about our projects, so you know how your support is bringing hope to families in rural Africa.

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Kutaber district, Ethiopia

Kutaber District has a good climate and fertile soils. Women like Halimet however, living in Kutaber, lack the training and equipment needed to grow food and earn an income from their land.

This project delivers the necessary seeds, tools and training in order to help more women like Halimet grow nutritious food and earn an income by selling surplus food at market. Once farmers are growing their own food, this project helps women develop business ideas to increase their influence over household and community decision-making and make them more independent.

Halimet says,

“ I [now] have hope for future generations”.

Checkpoint 1

Bungoma, Kenya 1918 Miles Completed

Find out how Send a Cow helps improve nutrition for women and children, for families like Mercy. Watch the video to find out the impact that working with Send a Cow has had on her life.

Checkpoint 2

Kakrao district, Kenya 2071 Miles Completed

Meet Caren, who lives in the Kakrao district of Kenya. Caren is HIV positive. In Kakrao, many vulnerable people like Caren, struggle to grow their own food and earn an income.

Caren explains the difference that working with Send a Cow has made to her and to her community:

“Life has really changed (….) I eat a balanced diet, and although I am HIV positive, I lead a healthy life – people come to ask me how I manage, and I help others to talk about it (…) Everyone is staying healthy, they are eating a balanced diet – the Send a Cow training has made them strong. My children are (now) going to school. I no longer have to beg, and do not have to bother my relatives for support – I can now ‘pass-on’ to others with vegetable seeds and banana suckers.”

“The habit of handwashing has really improved among members of my family since the establishment of the tip-tap, and my improved dish-rack is admired by many who see it. It allows for organised washing of utensils as everything has its own compartment.”

“I never knew that I could have vegetables to feed my family (…) I am very happy and thank (Send a Cow) so much (…) the training has given me the knowledge and skills to help me do better vegetable farming for food and income”.

Checkpoint 3

Lamwo district, Uganda 2637 Miles Completed

Meet Susan, who lives in the Palabek Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda.

The Palabek settlement is unique and unlike traditional camps; South Sudanese refugees live side by side with the local Ugandan community. Families are struggling to grow enough food on their small compounds to feed themselves. Access to water is a big challenge and only 5% of households have access to electricity.

Working with both refugees and Ugandan locals, Send a Cow are training farmers like Susan in different farming techniques, that can be adapted for growing food whilst living in a small compound. Using a holistic approach, families have started to grow their own food and earn a small income.

Checkpoint 4

Rakai district, Uganda 3237 Miles Completed

Watch this video to find out how Send a Cow has supported orphans living in the Rakai district of Uganda.

Checkpoint 5

Ngoma district, Rwanda 3607 Miles Completed

Did you know since 2006 the Government of Rwanda’s “Girinka Programme” has distributed an epic 250,000 cows to help support families living in poverty.

Poor animal management practices contribute to the impact of climate change through deforestation, over-grazing and methane emissions.

To help tackle this, our projects in Rwanda support farmers with the necessary training needed to look after their livestock and to manage their soil, land and water resources in a climate friendly way. This includes training on how to build sheds to house their cows, help protect the land from being overgrazed and using new rainwater harvesting techniques.

Checkpoint 6

Mubimbi and Mutimbuzi, Burundi  3816 Miles Completed

Where there is land there is hope. Hear the unheard voices of Burundi.

Checkpoint 7

Eastern province, Zambia 5015 Miles Completed

Did you know farmers in Zambia’s eastern province are heavily affected by climate change; months of drought, followed by months of heavy rainfall, means that families are often unable to grow food and earn an income.

Meet Elina

Elina is a volunteer peer farmer; she works with Send a Cow and local women’s associations to teach women farmers techniques to grow food in an unpredictable climate. These climate-smart techniques include rainwater harvesting, to help grow food during the dry months.

This training empowers women farmers to realise their own potential and enables them to harness the resources they have available. Before long, farmers grow in confidence and increase their capacity to take greater control over natural resources and their income. This helps them to provide for their families, despite the challenges that extreme changes in weather can bring.

Checkpoint 8

Shibuyunji Kafue, Zambia  5400 Miles!

Meet Veronica and find out the difference Send a Cow has made to her.

What was life like before working with Send a Cow?

Before joining a Send a Cow project, I used to experience extreme difficulties. For example, my family and I were hungry because we did not have enough food due to poor crop production. I am saying so because Send a Cow brought a lot of trainings such as keyhole vegetable gardening, gender and making composite manure. With coming of Send a Cow, we came to realise how useful all these things were.

What is the best thing you’ve learned or gained from working with Send a Cow?

My most important lesson is that of gender. Previously male child could refuse to wash plates, sweep, cook and draw water. But this time children do understand even when you ask them to share responsibilities such that while the girl child is cooking, the male child could even be sweeping the house.

What are you most proud of?

That at the toilet there should be tip tap, refuse disposal, construction of dish rack and waste management through digging of pits.

What are your three main wishes for the future?

To start with, I want my children to complete their education. Secondly I want to have enough food, lastly I want to have lots of livestock such as guinea fouls, chickens, cows, pigs, ducks and goats.

Checkpoint 9

Wolayita, Ethiopia 10,343 Miles Completed

Find out how Send a Cow works with our families in Wolayita, to bring new life to their soil. Watch the video to find out the impact that working with Send a Cow has for our families.

Checkpoint 10

Send a Cow offices, Bath, UK 16,200 Miles Completed

Send a Cow was set up by a group of Christian dairy farmers from the UK in 1988. Find out more about the inspiring story of our founding farmers here.

Checkpoint 11

Kutaber District, Ethiopia 21,600 Miles!

Meet Tesfanesh

Tesfanesh’s family was one of the most affected by poverty in their community, By partnering with Send a Cow, Tesfanesh hoped to improve their economic status by growing themselves out of poverty.

What was life like before working with Send a Cow?

I had continuous conflict with my husband because of lack of enough food for the family. We didn’t support eachother and all the household chores were the responsibility of me and my daughter. We didn’t grow vegetables, we didn’t use water for irrigation of crops because of ignorance even if we have the water around us. My family was one of the poorest in the community and I was struggling to survive. We were labelled as poor and we were labelling ourselves poor as well, and we were marginalized. I didn’t have social acceptance and I had limited social relationships. I didn’t have proper tables and chairs in my house where people can sit on.

What is life like now?

After I joined the project, my attitude changed, and I started to appreciate and value the little resources I had. I valued the water in my neighbourhood and started producing vegetables after receiving vegetables seeds from the project. My family have been eating variety of vegetables since just within six months of joining the project that made us believe in our little resources. Land portions we considered useless and unproductive became useful and productive.

We are eating now whenever we feel eating. That was not the case before joining the project where we used to eat once or twice a day. Now all my children are in school except one who graduated from college and became banker in one of the Banks. We don’t have any problem regarding food availability throughout the year. Our social acceptance has been growing and I am now I am the chairperson of village EDIR (Community based organization where people support each other during burial and grave problems), I am chairperson of the Self-help group, and I am part of the leadership of the CLA my group belongs. My acceptance boosted and I am giving training to some of the farmers to help them improve their situation. We are happy that our children don’t resort to look for daily labour which is the case in most of poor families.

What is your typical day like?

Woke up at 7am, prepared breakfast and coffee. I provided forage grass for the animals, and went to the garden where my husband was working and we had a little chat. At around 11 am, I went back home and prepared lunch. The lunch was sweet potato with coffee. We had lunch at around 2pm and went to the local market and bought cabbage, potato and injera for the dinner. We had also snack at around 6pm and eat some roasted maize with tea/coffee. During the evening the children tutor one another and some of them study by their own while I was cooking the dinner. Then we ate dinner at around 9:00 and some of us went to bed while some of the children were continued studying.

I thank you Send a Cow and those who have been supporting Send a Cow financially. If send a Cow was not supporting us, our life could have been so different, and I don’t even think of what could happen having this big family. Thank you for educating me. Thank you for educating my community. Thank God for the supports I received from Send a Cow.

Checkpoint 12

Zambia  27,060 Miles!

Meet Noria and find out the difference Send a Cow has made to her family

What was life like before working with Send a Cow?

Life before Send a Cow was difficult in terms of livestock management. We did not know that livestock also required care. All I knew was free ranging.” Noria also explained that, without knowing how to give her livestock appropriate care, her cattle often died prematurely. Before Send a Cow training, the family thought there was little benefit from keeping livestock.

What is life like now?

Ever since Send a Cow came to our area, our animal welfare has improved. Mortality rates have reduced. We access a Veterinary Kit, where we easily get vaccines. [Having a] bicycle helps with my routine visits to members [of my community] to help them monitor and [give appropriate] care for their livestock.

How does working with Send a Cow make you feel?

I am more enlightened as a result of my role and [have better] mobility because of a bicycle.

What difference has having a bicycle made to you?

The bicycle helps me to transport water for my household chores. The borehole is about 1 kilometre away. The bicycle also helps me with transport to access health services at the clinic which is about 2 kilometres away.

Checkpoint 13

Finish Line - Ethiopia 32,460 miles!

Watch this video to find out how Send a Cow has supported families like Dessie's to combat climate change.