Bóthar is part of a community of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) using livestock in development aid, Bóthar would not be able to do the wonderful work it does all over the world without the help and support of its not for profit and Corporate partners.
Non Profit Partners
Bóthar and Heifer International: A mutually enriching relationship.
Very early in the development of Bóthar the board recognised that there were a number of strong arguments against opening up Bóthar field offices. Chief reasons included; the drain of resources maintaining such offices; the fact there were many local organisations specialising in livestock development and it made more economic sense to build their capacity rather than just transplanting people from the developed world; and a significant network already existed.
Heifer International (formerly Heifer Project International) was founded in 1944 and has helped more than 4 million impoverished households in 129 countries move toward self-reliance through livestock development, the provision of income-producing animals and training. Every family and community receiving animals also receives training in environmentally sound, sustainable agriculture. Recipient families pass on the gift by sharing on or more of their animals' offspring with other struggling families.
Bóthar and Heifer International have collaborated since 1991.
It was quite easy for Bóthar to adapt and fit into this network as the missions of both organisations are compatible. The relationship has worked brilliantly as both organisations offer opportunities to each other that increase the effectiveness of their work.
Initially this relationship was confined to an African Programme, but since it has stretched to an Eastern European Programme, an Asian Programme and a South American Programme.