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.
Read more about alpacas in the recent edition of World Ark
This week on the Heifer Blog we discussed young supporters, how kids can change the world and showed you a sneak preview of the World Ark arriving in mailboxes now.
Our young supporter Ian is currently on the climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for Heifer’s mission. At 13 he’s already raised over $1k to donate to Heifer to help lift families in need out of hunger and poverty. Check out our Q&A with him on why he decided to choose Heifer and how he’s trained for this journey.
We know that a kid can change the world, but do you know what type of kid we are talking about? We mean baby goats, also known as a ‘kid.’ Goats are gentle enough for even small children to feed and play with. Children get a fuzzy buddy to snuggle with, and learn some responsibility at the same time. Check out how our Kid 2 Kid program can invest in ‘kids’ who can really change the world.
Has the recent edition of World Ark hit your mail box yet? From the latest in alpaca fashion, to where food comes from, you will learn a lot of Heifer’s work in Peru to some fun facts. For instance, learn how much water it takes for a chicken to produce eggs.
Following a recent announcement by the USDA, consumers are expected to see rising food prices throughout 2013 due to the worst drought in U.S. history for the past 50 years. According to Reuters, it is predicting an increase of no less than 2.5 percent in 2012 and between 3-4 percent in 2012. Because of it’s early harvest, corn has been the number one crop that has been affected by the drought so far. Results for soybeans are still pending.
It is important to note, that consumers may see a higher price from meat and poultry than from their vegetables since the higher costs of feed corn for animals will also impact the increase of costs for meats. Eggs and milk may also see an increase based on these reports. Check out these articles that discuss the drought and how it may affect food prices in the U.S.:
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.
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.
This Sunday, May 13, 2012, will be Mother’s Day. As we prepare to honor the women in our lives who have made an impact on who we are , let’s also think about the mothers who are working to provide for their children. These past two weeks we’ve provided ways on how you can celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day, stories of mothers who work to provide for their family, and shared what your mother really wants this year.
As a global organization, Heifer travels frequently to visit partners and projects to work toward our mission of ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. This week on the blog, we’ve visited China, Honduras and Kenya.
In Honduras. Virginia Tech students recently took a Heifer Study Tour trip were they saw just how much of an impact Heifer’s work can have in the field. See how they chose one photograph from their trip and explained why it embodied Heifer’s 12 Cornerstones.
In China, Heifer and Elanco have partnered to increase food security in China. Through this partnership, Elanco announced a global commitment to end hunger for 100,000 families, or about 600,000 people starting in Weichang county of the Hebei province. Read more about how working together can help end hunger.
As Heifer works to make a difference around the world, see how you can help:
See how you can use www.MyJobChart.com to let your kids donate their ‘chore money’ to Heifer.
This week on the Heifer Blog we’ve taken a closer look at how chronic hunger is a common challenge in coffee-growing communities all over the world. Heifer helps ease food insecurity by helping to diversify coffee farmers’ income as well as by providing food sources through our model for sustainable community development.
Heifer supplies farmers the inputs and training needed to make it through the lean months, including rabbits, fish, honeybees and mushrooms as well as training on how to create local markets. Check out our posts from this week:
This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day! Here at Heifer HQ, the Arkansas Earth Day Foundation is hosting the 2012 Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, on our campus in downtown Little Rock from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festivities will include a kids’ activities area with a rock-climbing wall, tie-dying, and crafts from recycled materials. Heifer will also have animals from the Heifer Ranch to show how food and income can be cultivated sustainably.
If you’re not in the area this weekend, check out some of our blog posts from this week that will help you celebrate Earth Day:
Follow our global blogging ambassador as she visits Heifer projects on the Heifer12x12.com blog.
Even though Earth Day is this weekend, Heifer and its projects work everyday to care for the Earth in a sustainable way. Read more here about how Heifer’s model of holistic development doesn’t stop with ending hunger.
On Thursday, Heifer participated in the Little Rock Sustainability Summit next door to our headquarters at the Clinton Presidential Library. Our Director of Facilities, Erik Swindle, spoke on a panel and discussed all of the steps that Heifer takes at HQ and globally to stay a sustainable organization.
Heifer HQ is a platinum LEED rated building that was not only built out of recyclable materials, but also has restored wetlands. To reduce our energy consumption, we’ve recently installed solar panels that help produce 8-10% of our total electricity that we use on campus.
Watch this video for more information about our headquarters building:
Globally, we also work with our projects partners to have sustainable programs while still caring for the Earth. Read more about our work in sustainable projects with our most these blog post: