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Help bring peace to families around the world with your Heifer gift.
In many of Heifer's Project Countries around the world, war and its after effects are a painfully real part of everyday life. This is perhaps nowhere more true than in Rwanda, where the genocide of 1994 left communities in shambles as neighbors became bitter enemies over ethnic ideologies.
As survivors strive to rebuild their homes and lives, they are also striving to forgive those same neighbors who, less than two decades ago, took the lives of their friends and family.
In the small village of Kabare, the few who survived the genocide have returned to rebuild. Through participation in a project through Heifer International, they received heifers and training in their care. It was their own compassion though, that has given them such success.
"Imagine someone trying to kill you with a machete when before you shared as neighbors." says Madeliene Mademe. "It was very scary. I did not think I could live a normal life again."
But everthing changed for Madeliene when she received her heifer. Now financially secure from the milk that her heifer produces, Madeleine has become an active leader in rebuilding the village she is proud to call home. "I call my cow Mumararungnu which means 'the one who took away my loneliness.'" she says.
See the rest of Madeliene's story, as well as those of others in Kabare, by watching the video above.
Peace in Projects Around the World
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Before they became Heifer partners, Nabo and her husband, Jaha, earned less than $60 a year, not enough to feed their two children. “We were relying on the forest to find food,” Nabo says.
“We have been an example to others,” Segundo says. “Usually you have to be young to try something new. We are setting a good example for our grandchildren.”
Every day Stephen and Phoebe worried about malnutrition and malaria — until the day they received three dairy goats thanks to caring friends like you!
Today, 50 formerly homeless and disabled men,women and children live at Miączyn, and during the winter they take in more people in need.
Since 1944, thanks to compassionate supporters like you, Heifer has helped people around the world emerge from the shadows of war. We empower them not to only lead their own families out of poverty, but to extend a helping hand like the one you’ve given them to a hungry neighbor ... even those they once called an enemy.
In turn, these empowered families Pass on the Gift from one family to the next, in places that have suffered poverty and hostility for so long, finding prosperity and harmony. Every gift of livestock and training you provide offers yet another opportunity for redemption, reconciliation and recovery.
Heifer International has long known that hunger and armed conflict walk hand-in- hand. War claims the lives of the men and women who produce food and earn income for their families. War destroys crops and livestock. War forces people from their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back and no way to provide for themselves.
But Heifer’s livestock development projects are a proven way to build peace — peace from conflict, peace from hunger and poverty, peace of mind.
Today, in war-torn communities around the world, your kind support is strengthening bonds between people who once took up arms against each other and creating the conditions in which a lasting peace can survive.