Once a week we will be featuring a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. This week, we announced  that we have received an $8.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue one of our biggest projects, – the East Africa Dairy Development project. It was started in 2008 with a $42.8 million grant from the Gates Foundation and is helping about 179,000 small-scale dairy farmers to double their incomes. The grant will support existing projects in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda and explore possibilities for expansion in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

EADDP (East African Dairy Development Program) Metkei Multipurpose Company Ltd.To help us celebrate this great news and cool off a bit, make a healthy milkshake –  easy enough for a kid to make with one of these great recipes from Kate Miller on http://www.nichetopics.info/easy-milkshake-recipes-for-kids.html.

Apple Milkshake: 1 apple (cored, peeled and chopped), 1 glass milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream, and ice cubes.

Banana Kiwi Milkshake: 1 kiwi (peeled and cut into small pieces), 1 overripe banana (sliced up), 1 glass milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream, and ice cubes.

Berry Fruit Milkshake: 1 handful berries (such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries), 1 glass milk, 2-3 scoops ice cream (strawberry, raspberry or vanilla taste great in this easy kids milkshake recipe), and ice cubes

Vanilla Malt Milkshake: 1 teaspoon vanilla malt powder, 1 glass milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream, ice cubes.  (You can also tweak the vanilla malt milkshake by adding chocolate, berries, peaches or whatever fruits that your children love.

Here are a few tips to make the best milkshakes with your children:

Add milk to the blender first, followed by ice cream together with other ingredients, and then blend. Blend a little less if you prefer fruity chunks in the milkshake. If you want thicker milkshakes, add less milk than the recipe calls for.

Additionally, you want to use chilled milk and rock hard ice cream to create refreshingly cool milk shakes. It's also a great idea to place the glasses in the refrigerator before filling them.

If you want to make milkshakes without blender, try the old-fashioned way by combining all the ingredients in a sealed container and shake really hard, until thoroughly mixed and frothy.

Learn more about the East Africa Dairy Development project on the Gates Foundation website, or read about dairy in Heifer International projects on the Heifer blog.

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Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.