This year, Heifer International is celebrating our 70th year of working to end hunger and poverty.

It was during the Spanish Civil War when Dan West had a thought: What if the refugees he was serving had not a cup, but a cow? That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And that philosophy still inspires our work to end hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.

We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity—but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps brings sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

With 870 million people still hungry, there's still work to be done. 

Throughout 2014, we're hosting a series of events to spread the word that when we work together, big changes can happen. Just like we link communities together in the developing world, our Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change events will demonstrate that if we work together, we truly can have power over poverty.

So come join us at an event. We'll celebrate all we've accomplished in the last 70 years but also inform you what you can do to help continue our work so that an end to hunger and poverty is achieved.

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.