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Proud to be Helping Rwanda!


Bóthar is an Irish charity that enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way.

To do this, they specialise in improved livestock production and support related training and community development.

A recent flight from Shannon carried out the biggest ever multi-species airlift of its kind in the world to Rwanda. The cargo included 37 in-calf heifers, three bulls for the Rwandan Government National Bovine Breeding Scheme, 260 pigs, 100 goats, and 5,000 chicks.

Also on board were 5,000 doses of Bovine Semen for the Rwandan Breeding Programme run by Bóthar’s sister agency Heifer International.

Rwandan Minister for Agriculture Gerardine Mukeshimana lauded Bóthar for their “fantastic support” for her country, which will see 800 widows of the horrific genocide of the mid-1990s receive the gift of income-and-food producing animals.

“This means a lot for the people of Rwanda. It means a lot to this government because these animals are coming to support the programmes we are implementing to get people out of poverty.”

Joice and Hill are extremely proud to have worked alongside Ted Whitaker of Whitakers Hatcheries who set up the chick supply and Crowshall Vets who kindly donated their veterinary services prior to despatch.