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Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Heifer's Read to Feed program welcomes a new supporter – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel and Gandhi Prize recipient and human rights activist from South Africa.

"I strongly support the Read to Feed program," said Tutu. "Join me in helping our children learn, from a young age, both the joy of reading and the great honor of being part of changing the world for the better."

Reed to Feed is a program unique to Heifer that not only encourages reading, but also gives kids the chance to change the world for the better. Children collect pledges for each book they read and then contribute their pledge earnings to Heifer's mission. We have many Read to Feed participants, not only in the United States, but also in some of our project countries like South Africa.

In South Africa, Read to Feed has been successful in many school such as Crawford Preparatory School in La Lucia, Scottsville Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, St. Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof and Bishops Preparatory school in Cape Town, to name a few.

Seventh-grader Daniel Stainforth from Crawford Preparatory School said, "I feel we can afford to help, but others can't. No one really motivated me before to read books. But in this case, (knowing that I am helping others) has motivated me."

To learn more about our Read to Feed program and inspire the young people in your life to love reading and helping others, visit our Read to Feed page on our website.


Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.