Milk donation is a key component of the Heifer Milk for Orphans project. The program builds on an earlier project, Farmers Feed the Children, which required that Heifer cow recipients provide either milk or meat to child-care institutions such as hospitals and orphanages.
The East Africa Dairy Development project is helping 1 million people pull themselves out of poverty in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. These dairy farmers are finding that when they do well, their entire communities do well, too.
Heifer India's recent work focuses on girls' education and women's empowerment. Turns out, once asked, Indian girls have a lot to say about what education and changing views mean to them.
Development is not something that we begin. It is a process that we step into. It begins long before we get there and if we do it right, it continues long after we are gone.
It's hard to explain to a clingy four-year-old that mom's job will take her on a nie-day, 9,000-mile journey to visit development projects in southern Africa, so I told him I was going on a lion hunt instead.