Heifer International

Posted by Robin on October 2, 2014

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First let me tell you about Heifer International. Their mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. They empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but their approach is more than just giving someone a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses. The core of Heifer International’s model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities. The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves.

And guess what? This fabulousness is located not far from where I live! I KNOW! Imagine your kids getting to take a school field trip to their ranch and taking part in hands-on, interactive programs and activities promoting sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. My kids actually get to do this! Or imagine your family participating in Global Gateway, which creates an existence in which nothing – shelter, food, water or cooking fuel – can be taken for granted. Participants prepare a meal with limited resources and spend a night (or two!) in the Global Village. I’m thinking Spring Break.

Y’all. This is a fantastic program. Please read through their website. There are so many ways you can become involved!

Now let me tell you about this URGENT NEED:

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Climate change has affected the eastern region of Kenya to the point that farmers, who have fed their families and earned income through agriculture for generations, are facing the urgent need to change their livelihoods.

Heifer International is sending goats and chicks to the area to support these farmers and help them earn an income. But there is more to be done, and we need to work swiftly.

Heifer International has set a goal to raise $65,000 by Friday, October 3 to help as many families as possible as quickly as we can. Please donate $10 or whatever you can afford now.

We can make a big impact here. Deliveries and training in the village of Kyanduya have already begun — and it’s working. The groups that have received livestock are seeing vast improvements in income and nutrition. Some have already Passed on the Gift to their neighbors. But the road to a sustainable recovery is a long one. Goats and chicks are this village’s best hope to earn the reliable income necessary for a dignified, self-sufficient life.

How cool would it be if you and I made a difference here? If you’ve never dipped your toe into advocating for the poor, here is your chance! Donate $10, $20, $100 or whatever you can (I’ve learned that lots of $1 donations really add up!) and then ask your best friends to partner with you in this endeavor. They can then spread the word to their friends and families.

We could actually click on their website on October 4th to see that their goal has been met, and we helped them get there! YOU AND I!!

http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/campaigns/kenya-livestock.html

Become an advocate by researching Heifer International, educating others about Heifer International, and supporting Heifer International’s fundraising efforts.

 

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