April 2019 Calendar of HOPE…

Providing safe milk for infants and orphans starts with good herd management at the Nyangombe Dairy Farm. With technological investment by Canadian dairy companies, Nyangombe has been able to continue testing milk on the spot. The testing, which involves drawing a sample of fresh milk from the milking can into a special slide, the slide is then put into a magnification instrument that is attached to an IPOD. An app then does a diagnostic of the milk and within thirty seconds, gives an accurate assessment of the quality of the milk.

That amazing process ensures orphans are not drinking tainted milk. With limited resources or access to regular veterinary services, this simple yet complex process is a huge positive for Nyangombe. Each slide completes one test so keeping the farm supplied with enough slides on an ongoing basis is the challenge for Project HOPE.

The herd at Nyangombe is in excess of 200 and the dairy program is critical for the support of vulnerable infants and orphans. The whole program is a terrific example of creative partnerships that accomplish a significant result. We need more partners that will use their modern technology to solve village issues!

The warthog featured in this month’s calendar photograph was taken in the South Luangwa National Park. This particular animal, a mature adult, was foraging at midday. Seemingly relaxed and unperturbed by its surroundings and our presence, the warthog leisurely grazed as we looked on.

Warthogs are day animals and spend most of their time looking for food. They are normally found in family groups. Warthogs have the peculiar habit of kneeling on the front knees while feeding and foraging in a localised area. They shelter in burrows at night, which they enter tail first. Socially, three main groups are encountered, namely solitary boars, bachelor groups and matriarchal groups. Matriarchal groups consist of adult sows with their young and yearlings. Boars play no part in rearing piglets and seldom associate with sows outside the mating process. Warthogs can frequently be found at waterholes where they dig in the marsh and wallow in the mud with obvious enthusiasm.