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When Heifer's then CEO Jo Luck met Tererai during a visit to Zimbabwe, Tererai was inspired to follow her dreams of obtaining an education. Tererai made her way to the United States in 1998, and just three years later, she received her bachelor's in agricultural education. She now holds both a master's and a doctorate degree.  

This inspiring story was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Oct. 1, 2009. During today's episode of "Oprah" - titled "Oprah's All-Time Favorite Guest Revealed!" - Tererai received the surprise of a lifetime when Oprah announced that her foundation would  give a $1.5 million grant to Save the Children to re-build the Matau Primary School, fulfilling Tererai's dream of quality education for thousands of children in her village.

Watch a video of Tererai's surprise on today's Oprah Winfrey Show


Casey Neese