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I won't pretend to know a lot about Kwanzaa. From what I've learned online, it's an African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrated from December 26-January 1. While the holiday is rooted in ancient African history and culture, the modern iteration of Kwanzaa was established in 1966, making this year the 45th anniversary celebration. Kwanzaa was created to help reconnect African-Americans with traditional African culture. It was also intended to be a holiday to celebrate and reinforce the bonds between Africans as a people. And it was created to introduce and reinforce the Seven Principles, which are the communitarian African values of Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

The Seven Principles really resonate with me as a Heifer employee and supporter, because they align well with our 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development.

In honor of Kwanzaa, I thought I'd share this video about our work in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, where families have seen their lives transformed through our East Africa Dairy Development Project.

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Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.