What We Do
Bóthar is the Irish international aid agency that provides poverty-stricken families with the means to solve their problems – permanently.
Where We Work
Bóthar currently works in 12 countries across 4 continents with 10 species of animal. Over the past 29 years, the organisation has delivered thousands of animals to struggling families in countries across Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.
While the organisation started out with an airlift of Irish heifers to Uganda, it broadened its livestock donations in the early years to include Irish dairy goats and pigs. Bóthar purchases water buffalo, camels and bees in project countries.
How We Work
Bóthar encourages and facilitates sustainable development in all the projects we support. Animal welfare, safe-guarding and developing the surrounding environment and financial stability are all closely monitored throughout the life-cycle of a Bóthar project.
Bóthar works through local community groups empowering the local community to take charge of their life-changing gift. These groups vary in size and function, from church groups to neighbours who have come together to support each other and seek solutions to common problems that they all face.
Bóthar provide intensive training prior to a family receiving their animal including training in animal husbandry, water-harvesting and basic horticulture practices. Training begins six months prior to the family receiving their animal.