Every Sunday we highlight some of the people who are funding our work creatively or helping us spread the word of our mission online. If you spot Heifer International while you’re surfing the web or know of a fun or creative fundraising effort, please share it with us here in the comments.
The Happy Simple Living blog has a series of posts offering tips on how to get all your Christmas duties finished by December 1. Your Best Holidays Ever – Week 5 and Seeking a More Meaningful Christmas, has plenty of ideas about how to celebrate in a more meaningful way. Listed first is giving to organizations like Heifer International, followed by a list of other very good ideas you should to check out.
Photo credit: tulsaworld.com
“Living Wright” from Tulsa World
also gives tips on ways to reduce your stress
now through the holidays, and also mentions Heifer International gifts
as a way to do something as a family or individual that gives to others.
Thank you and best wishes to newlyweds Jennifer and Taylor, who donated to Heifer International on behalf of their wedding guests.
Patrick Rothfuss, longtime Heifer supporter and author, is gearing up for his yearly Worldbuilders fundraiser. If you want to get involved and help, check out his blog post An Open Invitation.
In the Rochester, New York, area on November 18? Stop by Greece Baptist Church for its fifth annual Alternative Gift Market with several charities represented, including Heifer.
And, a little further south in Georgia, check out the Johns Creek Christmas Gift and Mission Fair from November 30 to December 2 at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.
When the newest edition of World Ark will be appearing in mailboxes around the country. Our special Holiday issue includes three country features in addition to Heifer’s Most Important Gift Catalog in the World.
Women’s empowerment is highlighted in two stories this issue. Puja Singh, Heifer Nepal’s communications and networking officer, takes a look at how projects in Bangladesh are helping women find opportunities that were once denied to them. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also weighs in on why women are key to successful development work in an expanded Asked and Answered interview.
Our Managing Editor, Donna Stokes, also writes about the USAID | Yaajeende project in Senegal, where participants received sheep as part of what will become Heifer’s largest animal distribution ever. Photographer Olivier Asselin illustrates the essay with gorgeous photos from “The Day the Sheep Came.”
The third feature story in the issue addresses habitat conservation in Malawi. Austin Bailey traveled to the project near Kasungu National Park to see a Heifer project that provides families with sustainable sources of animal protein, fuel and savings, so that they no longer need to illegally hunt in the park for food.
And if any of our faithful readers remember Ryan Bell from last year’s Holiday issue, well, he’s back. After a wildly successful campaign in which he raised $8,000 for Heifer, Ryan has launched a new effort to raise $25,000 for us. Ryan recently underwent a few surgeries to help lengthen his jaw bone and was so inspired by his own physical transformations that he wants to give his own “Gift of Transformation” to those in need, no matter how long it takes for him to raise the money.
So get out and check your mail, or check back soon at www.heifer.org/worldark for the online edition of the magazine. Happy reading!