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Photos and video by Edwin Rocha

Interim CEO Charles Stewart, in a speech in Saut Mathurine earlier this month, acknowledged the hard work and resilience of Heifer participants and partners in this small village in the south of Haiti as they prepared for a Pass on the Gift ceremony.

Even though the Jan. 12 quake damaged or destroyed many homes here and families had more mouths to feed as friends and relatives fled Port-au-Prince to stay with them, they honored their commitments to pass on animals and crops to others in need.
Twenty-three cows changed hands at the ceremony as clouds gathered and thunder rumbled in the distance; you can hear the animals lowing throughout Stewart's speech.
Earlier, Stewart listened as several participants explained what Heifer's work means to them. One man said "We have worked with many NGOs. Heifer is the only one that has actually changed our lives and is still here."
Another said "Every time Heifer puts its foot somewhere, it's God's dream being realized."


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.