www.heifer.org – Heifer International

Helping communities equitably share resources of a healthy planet.

Heifer works with communities to end hunger, poverty and care for the earth; their goal is sustainability. “Living loans” of livestock and training help families improve their nutrition and generate income, which empowers families to end the cycle of poverty. In exchange for their “living loans” which provide a multiplying source of food and income, families agree to give one of their animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called “Passing on the Gift,” a cornerstone of Heifer’s mission. This global network of sharing knowledge, resources, and skills builds self-reliance, hope, and dignity. These incredible gifts have had an impact directly on millions of families in 128 countries. Every year as partner families “pass on the gift” to others in need, they become links in this network – a circle of giving life.

Heifer’s approach to long-term solutions for environmental and sustainable growth includes improved animal management, and disaster rehabilitation. “Heifer Green” focuses on projects that teach how to farm environmentally, including organic farming methods.  They introduce appropriate technology such as biogas, a key element in many Heifer projects. By using manure to make fuel, project participants save forests from being harvested for firewood.

You and your family can get involved by visiting one of the Heifer Learning Center campuses in the U.S. Each location offers unique programming ideal for schools, congregations, youth organizations, families and individuals wanting to learn about the issues surrounding hunger and poverty. “Heifer Study Tour” programs allow you to observe Heifer’s model of sustainable development in action in Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, The South Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe.

What do you give to the person who has everything?  A meaningful gift that supersedes all others from Heifer’s Gift Catalog!  Bookmark this for all your future gift-giving.  Animals and their offspring create a sustainable cycle of hope and change and your gift of sheep will provide wool and meat for entire communities.  We especially like a flock of geese which not only are efficient producers of protein, but also multi-task like nobody’s business by foraging for a goodly portion of their food, efficiently disposing of weeds, and are vigilant “watchdogs” – a loudly honking security system!Water buffalo, llamas, pigs, goats, heifers, rabbits, honeybees and ducks, are unique gifts as well.

You’ll receive a vicarious global history lesson while navigating through this easy-to use website jam-packed with stunning photographs. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, Heifer empowers families to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and enhanced self-esteem. Get involved and “pass on the gift!”