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

Bringing Uganda to Orange County

by Catherine Scott, Community Volunteer Coordinator Since 2004, Heifer InternationalÂ’s incredible volunteers have educated thousands of people at southern California's Orange County Fair about how animals help end poverty and hunger. Each

Happy Birthday Alton Brown!

In case you didn't know, today is Alton Brown's birthday. Alton is a long-time friend of Heifer, and a while back he even took time out from his work at the Food Network to make this great PSA. This video is one of my favorites because it sums up


The Population Reference Bureau projects that world population will pass 7 billion in 2011. Where is much of the growth occurring? In poorer countries, where it is "exacerbating poverty and threatening the environment," according to William P.

Discovering Joy at Mount Meru

by Amy Carterpart 2 of 2From the Kitomari home we traveled more than one very bumpy hour in Land Cruisers up the slope of a dormant volcano named Mount Meru. At an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level, we were still only at the base of the

Passing On The Gift...And The Knowledge

Ndeianiswa Kitomari (left foreground) and others pump water at her farm in Tanzania. Photo by Kate Merrill. by Amy Carterpart 1 of 2 Ndeianiswa Kitomari stands tall and silent. She has just arrived home from church on this Sunday, striking in

Size Isn't Everything

Photo from flickr/~Duncan~. Creative Commons. Eating your veggies may not be the cure-all it once was. That's because today's fruits and vegetables appear to have fewer nutrients than produce once had, according to an article