All around the world, participation in Heifer projects is a family affair. Children help keep animals clean and fed, and they often provide the lion's share of affection, too.
Is there anything sweeter than a 12-year-old boy who hurries home from school each day to feed and pamper his beloved cow, Esta, whose milk brought his family the money to build a decent home? I met this boy, Lubega Matia, in Uganda last year. An AIDS orphan, he was taken in by a struggling couple with four biological children and one orphan already. Luckily, their Heifer-provided cow made a huge difference, bringing them good health and comfort. By keeping Esta's pen spotlessly clean and her feed bin full, Lubega makes sure the family returns the favor. Here's a shot of him with one of his family's goats.
Pretty great, huh?
Below are photos of other children like Lubega, who happily help care for their feathered and fuzzy Heifer animals around the world.
Boys in Namitpitan, the Philippines, take a break and splash in the irrigation canal between rice fields on their way home from school.
Anasthasia Stepanuk hugs her goose in Polozhyvo, Ukraine.
Emilia, Victoria and Anna Soroka enjoy milk from their Heifer cow in the Shatsk district of Ukraine.
Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee
Channel Cyuzuzo, 6, of Kibungo District, Rwanda, poses with her cow she named Superbness. Channel is one of 12 children in her family. Seven of the children are AIDS orphans the family took in.