Why Give?

Today is World Humanitarian Day, so we are asking, with all that we face in the world... why give?

The Richness That Lies Below

by Amy Carter “I am going to Tanzania to learn.” That’s what I told people who asked about my upcoming trip. I explained that Heifer International’s study tours are unique educational experiences. I hoped that I would be

The New Land Grab

Over at Poverty News Blog, they're discussing African land grabs—a relatively recent phenomenon where wealthier countries, like the oil emirates of the Persian Gulf, lease agricultural land in Africa or other developing areas on the cheap.

1.02 Billion Chronically Hungry**

While the estimated number of hungry worldwide in 2006 hovered near the 1970 level of about 875,000 people (there was a significant dip from the 1970 to the mid-1990s, but then a rebound), the number of hungry has skyrocketed in recent years to

The Digital Graveyard

Photo by Pieter Hugo, for The New York Times What happens to your old computer when you dump it after two years to get the latest model? It probably gets shipped overseas to a developing country, where it is stripped for

There is Tragedy, But There is Hope

Mama Didas and her 17-year-old son who is disabled by Amy Carter During this trip I have spent many frustrating minutes trying to learn pieces of Swahili. Our driver named Jonathan taught me, "Tafadhali naomba kupiga picha," – May I please

They're giving how much?

It's hard for most of us to imagine having more money than we could ever use. But if you had it, what would you do with it? The news came out this week that trailblazing philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett have convinced 40

What Resourceful Looks Like

Resourceful is a word often used to describe Heifer project participants. But nowhere have I found it more apt a description than for the project participants I've met in Vietnam. Resourceful looks like Ma Xuan, 33, who, along with her husband

Developing Their Dreams

Maasai perform a traditional dance in Tanzania by Amy Carter We met our first Maasai families on Tuesday morning in the village of Losikito. Many of the children, upon seeing the eager faces of mzungu, or "white man," ran from us in tears. One of