Heifer International is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of William “Bill” Williams in Rutland, Mass. Williams, 92, donated 300 acres of Overlook Farm land to Heifer in 1983 to keep the land in agriculture and to help feed people in countries with “Living Gifts”
The donation established what today is Heifer International’s Learning Center at Overlook Farm.
Photo by Russell Powell, courtesy of Heifer International.
Through his generous gift, Williams left a legacy that has touched the lives of thousands of children, teens and adults who have participated in educational events at Overlook and who have been inspired to provide living gifts of livestock and training, providing an ongoing source of food, income and a meaningful life to families in need around the world.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Williams’ friends and family.
Attend Overlook Farm’s Celebration of Living Gifts December 1 & 2 and 8 & 9
Heifer’s Learning Center at Overlook Farm will be hosting its Celebration of Living Gifts on four days in December. Take your pick! Get your holiday shopping done early; we have something for everyone on your list.
Can’t make it to a Celebration of Living Gifts? Donate online now.
|Ugandan biogas toilet. Photo by Dero Sanford.
Happy World Toilet Day, everyone.
Wondering why there’s a day for toilets (I mean, there’s a day for everything, right?) around the world? I’ll let the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation explain that one. For those of us who take toilets for granted, it’s hard to believe that 2.6 BILLION people poop on the ground because they don’t have any other place to go.
Although we’re not exactly The Toilet People, in many of our projects, sanitation and hygiene are key objectives for the community. We include these topics as part of the training we provide, where needed. In our biogas projects in Uganda, we help participants build composting toilets that connect to their biogas units, helping them contain and then make the most of their family’s waste products.
|I took this picture of one of the Ranch’s
composting toilets (a “squatty potty,”
if you will) during my last stay in the
Two of our Learning Centers, Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, and Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, have composting toilets on their campuses to both educate about toilet conditions around the world and put the compost to use on the growing trees.
So dig in to World Toilet Day and see how you can help make the world a cleaner, healthier place. And while you’re at it, try giving a crap this holiday season.