Editor’s note: Yesterday was World Humanitarian Day, a day both to honor aid workers who have died because of their work and to celebrate the work that continues to be done by impassioned humanitarians the world over. This year’s campaign focuses on the question: What does the world need more of?


Here at Heifer International we meet humanitarians all over the world. They work to give hope, possibilities and opportunities to people who are without. With a mission to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth, Heifer International thrives on this humanitarian spirit.

Heifer International project participant Seyran Hambardzumyan, standing here with his cows, offers his veterinary services to his own village and surrounding communities in Armenia. Photo courtesy of Heifer Armenia.
Heifer International project participant Seyran Hambardzumyan, standing here with his cows, offers his veterinary services to his own village and surrounding communities in Armenia. Photo courtesy of Heifer Armenia.

A great example of this spirit is Heifer International project participant Dolores Delgado, a guinea pig breeder from Peru’s Huachacay community, who readily shares her knowledge, work ethic and “all or nothing” attitude to inspire and bring success to not only herself but many in her community. It’s this spirit of generosity and common humanity that gives Heifer International hope that an end to hunger and poverty is truly possible.

Heifer International project participants, staff and volunteers work every day to answer the question of what we need more of, and to supply those needs.

Seyran Hambardzumyan, project participant from Tatev, a remote village in Armenia, readily supplies a need for veterinary services in his native village and three surrounding communities. A vet of about 40 years and now a farmer with five cows, he conducts these vet duties with a high sense of responsibility and is doing what he can to support the work Heifer is doing there.

Heifer International projects enable the poor and hungry to become humanitarians themselves in many ways, including its Passing on the Gift® model, in which each project participant passes on its animal’s first-born offspring, along with training, to another family in the community.

You can be part of this humanitarian effort when by donating an animal from Heifer’s catalog, volunteering or coming up with your own fundraising effort.

 

Author

Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.