Maegan Clark lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2010 in social media. She is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialized study in public relations. She is often found ‘tweeting,’ reading recipe articles and learning how to grow an herb garden.
Be Classy, vote for Heifer’s Global Blogging Ambassador to win the Volunteer of the Year Award. The Classy Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country. They celebrate and recognize the greatest achievements from nonprofits to individuals worldwide.
Help Heifer’s Blogging Ambassador win Volunteer of the Year in the South region for her time spent spreading the word of our work. Betty is a regional semi-finalist for the 4th Annual Classy Awards, one of the top awards for nonprofits and volunteers.
As part of Heifer’s 12 Cornerstones, providing training and resources is key in our success of helping to end hunger and poverty. Our long-term solution to ending hunger works with community involvement on teach not just the family receiving the gift, but other families as well.
Through our school and community engagement tools, Heifer has created Read to Feed. Read to Feed is a reading incentive service-learning program that offers global education opportunities. This week we learned that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel and Gandhi Prize recipient and human rights activist from South Africa supports the program.
Given the right resources, we can all be involved in ending hunger and poverty.
The past couple of days, Brazil has been hosting the Rio+20 conference focusing on a green economy for sustainable development and the institutional framework for sustainable development. World leaders from across the globe have joined forces to create a plan on how we can begin to make the future brighter for everyone. In order to meet the needs of the present, without compromising the future generation, we must all work together to find a sustainable way to treat our planet.
We feel very lucky at Heifer to have such wonderful supporters who devote their time to sharing the mission about Heifer’s work. Our global blogging ambassador, Betty Londergan, has recently visited Cameroon and discussed Heifer’s project work and its impact on families around the world.
There is also good news coming out of Poland – poverty rates are decreasing! The latest In Context series discusses Heifer’s work in Poland and how families are lifting themselves out of hunger and poverty with the help of training and gifts of animals.
Rio+20 is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development starting today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the conference, world leaders and participants from governments, NGOs and the private sector are coming together to discuss how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection for our planet. This year’s conference will focus on a green economy for sustainable development and the institutional framework for sustainable development.
So just what is sustainable development? Well, the UN defines sustainable development as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs.” How do you learn more and keep up with Rio+20? It’s easy.
This Sunday, June 17, 2012, will be Father’s Day. As we prepare to honor the men in our lives who have made an impact on who we are , let’s also think about the fathers who are working to provide for their children. These past two weeks we’ve provided ways on how you can celebrate your dad this Father’s Day, stories of fathers who work to provide for their family, and shared what your father really wants this year.
Who’s your dad? Is he the landscaper type who is always outside? Maybe he’s the fisherman who spends Sunday afternoons with a fishing pole and some bait. There is always the do-it-yourselfer dad who can fix anything. Or does your dad enjoy golf on the weekends?
No matter what type of a guy your dad is, Heifer has the perfect gift this Father’s Day. A gift from Heifer.
If your dad is the landscaper type, give him a goat. These versatile creatures can survive in even the most extreme climates. They supply up to a ton of milk a year, leading the way for better nutrition in impoverished communities.
If you’re dad is the fisherman, consider honoring him with fish. Healthy, lean sources of protein, fish help families increase their daily nutrition.
The do-it-yourselfer dad would enjoy a gift of a water buffalo. This “living tractor of the East” are tough guys who empower families to lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. A farmer can plant four times more rice with the help of a water buffalo than he can by hand.
If your dad would rather be on the golf course, then a flock of chicks is the ideal gift for him. One chicken can lay an average of 257 eggs a year for a family. This provides a family enough eggs to eat, sell and share, ensuring health and well being for an entire community. That’s a “birdie” any golfer would love.
A home to 300 million people, the U.S. has an estimated 49.1 million people living in hunger and poverty. That’s one in six struggling to have enough to eat. In the land of the plenty, healthy foods aren’t accessible enough to all who are in need. So what steps can we do today to make an impact in the U.S.?
Two significant pockets of poverty in the United States are the Mississippi River Delta in Arkansas and Southern Appalachia. Heifer USA is focusing its work in these two regions. Watch this video to learn more:
If you’re interested and health and fitness and are a supporter of Heifer, then this app might be for you. It’s called Earndit. A simple way to get fit and give back. So how does this work?
If you don’t already have one, download a workout app such as RunKeeper, Nike+, fitbit, Foursquare, EventTrail or Garmin to connect to Earndit. Next, create an Earndit account. They’ve made it really easy – you can use your Facebook, Yahoo!, WindowsLive ID, Twitter, Google or OpenID account. If you don’t have one of those accounts, or do not wish to link up your account with Earndit, they also provide you an account directly with the site.
Once your workout app and your Earndit account are linked, you go and workout. For every workout that you record in one of your apps, Earndit gives your points. They’ve included fun things to do such as earn trophies and compete with friends, but the best option is that you can give your points to Heifer.
Once you start to accumulate points, visit the giving section under “Redeem,” and you can choose Heifer. Give 500 of your points to Heifer to help provide a goat for a family in need.
See what Earndit users are saying about Heifer.
So go workout and think of the good you’re doing for charity. You’ve Earndit.
As an organization, we are committed to working to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. This also includes committing to providing a long-term sustainable solution for food security to our projects worldwide.
In the United States, we’re working in the Delta and Appalachia to provide resources and training for farmers to begin providing for their family and community. Take a look at these articles regarding our Seeds of Change project and poverty in the U.S.
We are also excited to hear President Obama and the G8 commitment to food security. Heifer CEO, Pierre Ferrari wrote a post today regarding how we welcome their announcement today that brings private and public sectors together to make a difference in Africa.