In June 2014 Virunga Lodge launched the “One Sheep per Family” project, to provide one sheep to each of the families in three nearby villages. The sheep manure provides natural and effective fertiliser for growing crops. As well as providing manure, selling lambs provide income for the family.
For the project to work effectively, the community is divided up into 14 groups and each group is given nine females and one male. After all females produce an offspring, the breeding males are rotated to a different group for genetic diversity. A new family takes over caring for the male and donates one female offspring back to the previous ram caretaker.
With the generous support of the guests, all 140 families in Sunzu village and 175 families in Bugyeo village have now received a sheep under this successful initiative! As of November 2021, 148 families in Kigugu village have received a sheep, with a further 14 families remaining in order to supply every household in the village.
Click on the ‘donate’ button below to donate one sheep ($40) to one of the Kigugu community.