Heifer International is a non profit charitable organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. It provides gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially-disadvantaged families around the world.
Their website is : http://www.heifer.org/
Buy a few rabbits for a family in Kenya or some bees for an American Indian family.
Send the ‘man who has everything’ a card letting him know that a Peruvian family will start a business thanks to the chickens you bought in his name..
Get some laughs when you give your pompous boss a card that says that a goat, with his name on it, is going to Indonesian peasants!
American farmer Dan West, the founder of Heifer International, was serving as a Church of the Brethren relief worker in Spain during the Spanish Civil War when he became frustrated at being forced to decide how to allocate a very limited amount of food aid.
Upon his return to the United States, he founded Heifers for Relief, an organization dedicated to providing permanent freedom from hunger by giving families livestock and training so that they “could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children.”
The basic philosophy of Heifers for Relief was based on the proverb, “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; you have fed him for a lifetime.”
West also conceived the slogan “Give not a cup, but a cow.”
……with a pig in Daxing Village, Xide County, China. “ Before this project we could not afford to raise pigs. Now in less than half a year we have sold two pigs and several little pigs, which has brought about 3,000 RMB for our family.”
Each participating family would study animal husbandry and agree to donate any female offspring to another family.
In this fashion, he imagined that a single gift would multiply far beyond the original investment.
Today the organization is known as Heifer International and gives gifts of cattle, sheep, rabbits, honeybees, pigs, llamas, water buffalo, heifers, chicks, ducks, goats, geese, other regionally appropriate livestock, as well as tree seedlings. As of 2006, these animals and plants have been distributed in more than 125 countries around the globe. Each gift perpetuates Heifer’s interest in agroecology and sustainability.
Francisca Sucite of Guatemala earns a modest income selling her Heifer International goats’ offspring and cheese.
Heifer International works to ensure that the gift of each animal will eventually help an entire community to become self-sustaining. Animals such as goats, water buffalo and camels are “seven M” animals: they provide meat, milk, muscle, manure, money, materials and motivation.
Once its immediate needs have been met, a family is free to sell any excess at market. Heifer International provides a breeding animal along with the gift animal so that it can produce offspring. Participating families are required to “pass on the gift”, that is: they must give at least one of the female offspring to a neighbour who has undergone Heifer’s training. In time, that neighbour will pass along one of the offspring of its animal, and so on.
Goats are great for families
The gift of a dairy goat represents a lasting, meaningful way for you to help a little boy or girl on the other side of the world.Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. The gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day – a ton of milk a year. Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter, or yogurt. Families learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens.
Goats often have two or three kids each year, making it easy for Heifer recipients to pass on the gift of a goat to another family in need. This great investment allows our partners to lift themselves out of poverty by starting small dairies that earn money for food, health care, and education.
“With all the money donated to help fight famine around the world, with all the grandiose plans conceived to conquer poverty, sometimes all it takes to save a child is a goat.”
Heifer International is involved in several other progressive global initiatives which provide people with clean water, access to education and emergency housing.
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