How does Heifer International decide where to work? Perhaps more importantly, how do we decide when the work is done? After more than 40 years of work in Cameroon, Heifer International is looking northward to the dry, hungry Sahel.
With its fledgling democracy and tenuous support of women's rights, Egypt has commanded the Western world's attention since the Arab Spring riots shook the predominantly Muslim country in January 2011.
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.