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The latest edition of World Ark should be hitting mailboxes around the country this week, but don't worry: You can get a jumpstart on reading right here.

In this issue we address the problem that too often hunger and poverty are overlooked in this land of plenty, and tell you howHeifer's new projects in Appalachia and the Arkansas Delta are addressing these pressing problems. Read how Heifer is changing lives using our domestic program in these regions.

Though we've just celebrated Mother's Day, we put together a photo essay honoring Heifer mothers. In nearly each project we visit, mothers tell us how the  life-giving gifts and training from Heifer have allowed them to care for their children and families in ways they never before dreamed. You can see the slideshow and learn about just some of the remarkable women in our projects here.

In Ecuador, magazine contributor Jaman Matthews follows 20-year-old Cesar Guale Vasquez on his quest to return heirloom seeds to rural farmers. Read about the seed-saving project in Ecuador's coastal plane that's bringing local varieties of vegetables back to dinner tables there.

And sometimes, we're overwhelmed by the giving spirit of our donors. That happened when we learned about a congregation in Joplin, Mo., who raised more than $5,000 for Heifer last year, despite losing their church to the deadly EF5 tornado that hit the town last year.

You'll find all these articles and much more in this issue. Let us us know what your favorite parts of the magazine are in the comments.



Annie Bergman

Annie Bergman is a Global Communications Manager and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo, among many others in her six years at Heifer.