Every Sunday we highlight some of the people who are funding our work creatively or helping us spread the word of our mission online. If you spot Heifer International while you’re surfing the web or know of a fun or creative fundraising effort, please share it with us here in the comments.

Asma Lateef, Director of the Bread for the World Institute, mentioned Heifer in her article "Why Development Works" that was featured in The Huffington Post this week. Lateef wrote about farmers in Ghana who are participants in Heifer projects there. She cited Heifer as one of the contributors to the reduction in poverty in that nation.

A Heifer International farmer in Accra, Ghana. A Heifer International farmer in Accra, Ghana.

This week, Heifer Armenia helped award "young entrepreneurial champions" at its 2013 Business Forum. Since 2004, Heifer Armenia has helped disadvantaged rural youth, primarily through establishing rural Youth Empowered for Self-reliance (YES) Clubs which teaches  Animal Husbandry, Ecology, Health, Civic Education, Logical Thinking, Journalism and Business Education. Last year, Armenian youth established 189 micro-businesses through this program between Heifer Armenia and Development Principles.

For many students in Arkansas, this week was the much anticipated Spring Break! Heifer Village hosted activities each day, including one in which kids create their own sheep craft to take home. The craft taught them about wool that can be made into gloves, scarfs, blankets.

After raising money through Read to Feed, elementary school students in Campbellsville, Kentucky, had a special presentation on the book Beatrice's Goat. Alpha Rwirangira, who is from Rwanda and also attends Campbellsville University, taught the students about African culture. They also learned a bit of Swahili from Rwirangira, and together the students and their guest speaker sang "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in his native tongue.

Another school participating in Heifer's Read to Feed program got great news this week. Hutchinson Middle School in Lubbock, Texas, had raised $5,000 for Heifer, but found out that an anonymous donor had matched their donation for a total of $11,200 dollars.

Author

Annie Bergman

Bergman is a Global Communications Manager for Heifer 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 in her six years at Heifer. Bergman received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Australian Aboriginal Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her hobbies include hiking, golfing, cooking, reading and walking her dogs.