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Two young men in tree-starved Mumbai, India, decided to pool rupees with friends, buy a few tree saplings and plant them. What started very small has turned into The Sapling Project, which encourages people in any country to make a difference in their own ways.

This quote from their story on The Christian Science Monitor's website particularly caught my eye:

"The world is full of nice people. The only thing is to get them motivated," said one of the men, Satish Vijaykumar, who suggests that everyone has the potential to nudge along at least 10 people in their life. "If your cause is good, people will go out of the way to help you."

We've certainly found that to be true here at Heifer, where word of mouth on Heifer's work around the world inspires new donors every day.

Our participants subscribe to the same "Let's help ourselves first" philosophy as these two young men from India. Before receiving even one animal, Heifer participants must first train on how to care for the animals, build pens for them and establish fodder trees and shrubs for a plentiful feed supply. Heifer also encourages tree planting in all of its projects. Tell a friend or family member about Heifer International and The Sapling Project today to join efforts large and small in making the world a better place.


Donna Stokes

Donna Stokes is the managing editor of World Ark magazine. She has worked for Heifer International since September 2008 when she leaped over to the nonprofit world from a two-decade career in newspaper journalism.