Admittedly, I love goats. Being an Animal Sciences major affords me this quirk. But I think anyone would love goats after seeing them through the eyes of the residents of Mafraq and Gilead here in Jordan.

These days I’m learning about Global Hope Network, an organization that believes everyone deserves adequate food, clean water, wellness, education and a means to generate income. These necessities are scarce in some villages in Jordan.

The people of GHNI partnered with people from impoverished rural areas to answer one questions: what will help?

The response? Goats.

It sounds simple. But these animals are making a big impact by providing nutrition and income to families in rural Jordan. Have a look!

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Next Steps
    • Learn about Global Hope Network at
    • Interested in livestock and agricultural development projects? Learn more from Heifer International ( They create similar projects across the globe.
    • Pray for the people of Gilead and Mafraq. Pray for their well being and for the success of their goat projects.
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About the Author: Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.

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  1. Barry Rodriguez said... 


    November 18th, 2011 at 9:22 am  

    Haha! I love that middle goat in the main header image. He looks totally shocked by something. :)

    But seriously, this is so cool. I think we forget how important it can be for a family in a developing-world context to have livestock like goats. Good work, GHN!

  2. Amy K. Sorrells said... 


    November 19th, 2011 at 7:29 pm  

    Ok, I admit, at first all I could think of were the meat goats at the Boone County 4H fair . . . so annoying. Then as I read and let each photo soak in, all I could do was think of and sing this:

    There is a balm in Gilead
    To make the wounded whole;
    There is a balm in Gilead
    To heal the sin sick soul.

    Thanks, Laura, for reminding us how wide and vast the balms are God uses to heal and bring hope to His people across the globe! (Meat goats included, indeed!)

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