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While other organizations concentrated on meeting the immediate needs of victims of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Heifer International quickly launched a series of projects to ensure that Haitians would be able to support themselves once the emergency first responders went home. These projects are igniting incredible transformations. Now, children like five-year-old Kenflore (above right) are able to go to school. Heifer is building on this momentum by launching a project that will help more than 20,000 families -- the largest project of its kind in Haiti's history. REACH: Rural Entrepreneurs for Agricultural Cooperation in Haiti aims to create new economic realities to make families more resilient.
More than 16,000 companies nationwide will match their employees' donations to Heifer International. If your company provides an employee matching gifts program, your gift could be doubled, tripled, or more! Imagine the impact you can have on ending hunger simply by filling out a form. Our website features a tool to help you find out if your employer will match your already generous gift to Heifer. Just enter the name of your employer, and we will instantly tell you if your company is currently matching donations made by its employees. We will even tell you how to request the matching gift, if available.
Heifer is proud to share its newest communication tool -- an interactive, tablet version of World Ark. This quarterly publication brings to life Heifer's work around the world and addresses issues of poverty, agriculture and changes in the developing world. "World Ark serves as a window into our work here at Heifer International and this new interactive tablet edition will bring our supporters along with us to the field to see how their support changes lives every day," explains Pierre Ferrari, Heifer International's President and CEO. And we hope it does just that -- shows the amazing, inspiring work that is possible thanks to generous donors like you.
Heifer Marks Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake...On the third anniversary of the devastating January 2010 Haiti earthquake, Heifer International remembers the quake's victims - those killed and those dislocated - and affirms our commitment to help Haitians emerge from the tragedy stronger than before. Since the Haiti earthquake, Heifer has built and repaired dozens of homes; provided water filters and hygiene kits to prevent cholera; and helped rejuvenate rural agricultural activities with training and resources such as animals, equipment and seeds.
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Make a Rice Heating Pad to Soothe Winter Aches... As one of the most widely consumed staple foods for many parts of the world, rice is incredibly important. The many varieties of this plant are grown all over the world and are vital to the food security of more than half of the world's population. Rice can also be used for a number of things around the house. In addition to the obvious use, as food, you can use it to a rice heating pad. The rice version is cordless, low cost and reusable. You can heat these pads up in the microwave or alternatively cool them off in the refrigerator and apply them to soothe your aches.