Yaks in Xibosha town

Today we visited a school in Xiboshphoto 1a town in Zeku County. This is a boarding school for students from kindergarten through primary school. Approximately 400 students live and study at the school. The school is in a very poor area of Zeku, where there is less land available to share among more people. Because of this, there are fewer yaks and sheep for the nomads to own. Additionally, no caterpillar fungus can grow in this area, so the families don’t have this option to supplement their income. Besides Tibetan, math, science, and reading, the school begins teaching Mandarin at Grade 1 and English at Grade 3. We visited the family of two of the students who own yaks, and we bought a total of 16 yaks from them (8 mature yaks, 3 young yaks, and five babies). In the future, the school and the the person who will be caring for the yaks will each keep half of the babies.

Because the school is filled with children from nomadic families, their school schedule is for the students to spend twenty days at the school, photo 5learning each day, and then go home for ten days. It’s too far for the children to commute to school every day, particularly when their families travel in the region with the yaks that they own. During the twenty days that the children at school, they will be able to have yak milk tea every day. While they are away for ten days, the milk will be turned into cheese, butter, and yogurt for them to have once they return. It’s a great way for the children to be able to have several different foods from the yaks.

It’s great to know that another school will benefit from our Yak nutrition program, and we love watching the project expand with each trip we make to the region.

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