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Just a glimpse of our welcome to the community of Saut Mathurine, which defies description, though I'll try.

From two miles out, dozens of Heifer and partner OPS participants greeted our three Heifer SUVs with trumpets, drums, maracas, singing and some extremely groovy dancing. As we got closer to the community, dozens,or perhaps hundreds more, fell into the procession leading our vehicles with a large banner declaring "Welcome Heifer!"

Through the day, the celebratory atmosphere continued as person after person stood up to say how much Heifer has helped them to live better lives, including one man who said, "we don't call it HPI, we call it Heifer from Heaven."


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.