Heifer International is striving to create a world where every child has an opportunity to grow up free from hunger and poverty. The fact that we live in a world where that isn't the case—where, instead, one child dies every fives seconds from a hunger-related cause—is astonishing and unacceptable.
My first exposure to Heifer International was as a young participant at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. We watched a video called Legacy for Efrain, and it made such a lasting impression on me that I knew I had to do something to help. You see, the video's namesake was a newborn baby named Efrain, and he lived in the Andes Mountains. His family lived in hunger and poverty, and within days of filming, he had died.
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The connection I made to Efrain's story as a kid has propelled me to where I am today. As Heifer's CEO Pierre Ferrari recently said, "The challenges facing humanity and our fragile planet are complex and daunting, and they will not go away without action. But these problems offer unprecedented opportunities for individual and collective solutions. To create these solutions, young people need academic competence, motivation, discipline, a global outlook and a bias toward service."
I am proud to be part of the solution. You can be, too. Help the children in your life become responsible global citizens, to instill in them the idea of serving humanity. And while you're at it, help the children of the world have fuller, healthier days.