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.
This weekend is Spring Into Action where we are hosting a unique muli-city summit for you to get a deeper understanding of our work. If you can’t make one of the events you can still email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved in making an impact in your community.
If you’re reading this then you’ve seen our new Heifer Blog design. It’s very spring like and new! Though we’re still working out some of the kinks of our share buttons, we are really enjoying the new look and feel.
Speaking of spring, have you checked out our Spring Into Action event happening March 24? Across the United States, our volunteers are recruiting other volunteers to become part of the Heifer movement. Just think the affect we all took a little time and started to volunteer with Heifer today! Check it out here: http://www.heifer.org/getinvolved/spring-into-action.
Check out these articles we’ve been passing around the office and let us know how you like the new blog in the comments section:
Not only did we share wonderful stories on our blog, but we were also picked up by the Huffington Post and MSNBC.com. What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day then sharing our work with everyone that we can!
Of course, we weren’t the only ones celebrating International Women’s day. Check out these great articles:
This week, Bill Gates released his annual letter that made the argument that we must keep investing in agriculture research to continue to help extremely poor people build self-sufficiency. The new FAO chief, José Graziano da Silva, was part of a program in Brazil called “Zero Hunger,” which helped lift 24 million Brazilians out of hunger. With both of these influential leaders dedicated to helping end hunger, is this the year that we will come closer to ending hunger and poverty by working together?
What do the rest of us do if we aren’t Gates or da Silva? There are still things we can do every day to make a difference. Check out this past post we’ve done on how we can all make a difference every day in helping to end hunger.
Check out these links to read how Heifer is helping to end hunger:
With the second anniversary of the Haiti quake, it’s been a busy week at Heifer HQ. In case you didn’t have time to check out all the articles, here are the links to the blogs that were written about our work in the developing country:
Though we will be out of the office on Monday, don’t forget it’s the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This also marks the MLK Day of Service. This day is celebrated by many who come together on the holiday to serve in their neighborhoods and communities to help others.
Even though we are only a couple of days into the new year, I think we should all make the same resolution; to help end hunger and poverty in our own U.S. backyard. Heifer even has a new U.S. project called Seeds of Hope. This program will work in the Delta of Arkansas and Appalachia on building healthy community food systems. To do this, it will help to organize and provide resources and support for local communities to fight hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.
If you haven’t read any of our past blog post about U.S. hunger and poverty, check them out here. With 49.1 million Americans living in poverty, it’s time that we take a stand and start making a difference in our communities.
Check out what we’ve been reading this week around the office:
It’s been an exciting week at Heifer headquarters. As part of the social media team at Heifer, I get to read and respond to stories that our fans share with us about why they give Heifer gifts to their family and friends.
This holiday season, we’re having a little fun on our Facebook page where we help you turn your “worst gift” into a gift donated to Heifer. How does this work? Let me explain. Think back to that one gift that you received and silently thought, “What were they thinking?” I can name mine. It was a vacuum cleaner when I was in college. Now I understand how a vacuum cleaner is a necessity in life; however, at 20, my parents might as well have given me coal.
So think back to that “worst gift,” find a picture of it or something similar, and upload it to our Facebook contest page. Simple! Once we have 25 pictures, Heifer will receive a donations of Bees from Savannah Bees.
Alright, United States of Americans, Thanksgiving is almost here! I know of a certain toddler who has been asking for days to “Go to Thanksgiving,” after hearing promises of turkey, spaghetti (What? It’s a family tradition.) and pie. We seem to love talking about food here on Heifer Blog, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t present you with links to help you make the most of your (environmentally friendly!) Thanksgiving holiday.
Slow Food USA has a complete guide for Thanksgiving, from recipes to tips and tricks for making your holiday a slow one.
If you haven’t heard, the holiday edition of World Ark is now online. Annie has recapped some of the headline stories of the many families being helped in Zambia with a partnership between Heifer and Elanco, two siblings who worked to raise $5,000 for Heifer and discussion about the Most Important Gift Catalog in the World.
New statistics came out this week about poverty in the U.S. 1 in 15 Americans are now considered poorest of the poor. Though more information will be released next week into the demographics of these numbers, the extreme poverty rate in the U.S. is continuing to climb.