Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSF Belgium) empowers disadvantaged livestock dependent communities (in the South) to improve their livelihood.

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Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSF Belgium) empowers disadvantaged livestock dependent communities (in the South) to improve their well-being.

The Belgian NGO supports pastoral stockbreeders, agro-pastoralists and peri-urban livestock keepers in 8 African countries: Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo.

What does Vétérinaires Sans Frontières do?

  • in the South

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium (VSF Belgium) fights against hunger and poverty by improving veterinary healthcare in remote areas. Via local partner organizations, VSF Belgium supports private vets with training and materials with which to equip their practices and adapt them to the conditions of the countryside. They also train livestock keepers to become community animal health workers so that they can take care of the animals of their community.

The activities of VSF Belgium go beyond the simple vaccination of cattle. VSF Belgium supports communities to create feed banks and to manage local financial institutions. The NGO also improves the access of livestock keepers to cattle markets and helps them to construct water pontes for animals and humans. VSF Belgium encourages opposing communities to reach agreements on the areas in which the various herds can graze and water.

  • in the North

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium aims to raise awareness among policy makers, farmers and livestock keepers, students in agronomy and veterinary medicine and consumers, emphasizing the importance of concepts such as food sovereignty, climate change and small-scale farming. These activities involve lectures, advocacy, debates, fairs, educational and video material,...

How can you help?

Financial support

  • with € 48 the organization can give 2 goats to a disadvantaged family in Burundi. They will have an income to spend on food and they can use the manure to improve their harvest.  
  • with € 60 the NGO can buy 4 chicken, 1 cock and a hen-coop with trough and a water bowl for a family in Niger. With this the family has eggs, chicks, meat, income and manure to improve their crop production. 
  • with € 90 the organization buys 3 rabbits, a hutch, 6 water bowls and 2 troughs and animal health care for a family in Eastern Congo. After one year the rabbits will have produced 50 offspring, of which 5 will be donated to another family in need.
  • with € 120 2 goats, a buck and animal health care can be given to a vulnerable family in DR Congo.
  • with € 200 3 goats, feed, fences, animal health care and a small starting capital can be given to a disadvantaged woman in Mali. This little investment makes it possible for her to start her own small business and escape poverty.
  • with € 250 the NGO finances education for community animal health workers in Niger, so they can vaccinate and take care of their herd and those of the surrounding villages. 

Volunteers in Belgium

  • administration
  • translation (Dutch, French, English)
  • communication, promotion, fundraising
  • organization of stands on fairs (ex. Veterinexpo, Christmas fair, children’s farm)
  • to help with development of educative material and policy documents
  • IT and website management
  • as a veterinarian: capacity building of veterinarians in Africa, giving lectures in Belgium, being part of the workgroup of veterinarians, contributing its expertise and knowledge to the work of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium
Release by Donorinfo - Last modification : 10/06/2020