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In the “Heifer In the News” section, you will find news coverage of Heifer International’s projects and programs, from a variety of media outlets.
On Free Shipping Day (December 16, 2011), Catalog Spree will donate five percent of all purchases made through the app to Heifer International, which will help those in need around the world. Catalog Spree is the highest-rated catalog app for the iPad® and is the only catalog shopping app that offers free exposure to charities who publish catalogs.
"Luckily, Heifer never charges shipping on its llamas in South America or chickens in China," said Rich Cason, Heifer International's director of Internet Marketing. "But we know shoppers will love the chance to get a deal while also helping Heifer move hungry families into self-sufficiency."
What if you simply bought 1/2 as many gifts this year? Buy half as many gifts and see if you can find things that will last, things that are made really well. And for each gift you don't buy, write a card to that person and tell them how important they were to you this year. If you have kids (and it's hardest to cut down when it comes to your kids) try and get them one cool thing that relates to nature and the environment (books about tigers? Everyone loves books about tigers). If they are old enough, use that present to explain the links between our "stuff" and the natural world. If you are up for it, replace some presents for adults with gifts in their name to something like Heifer International. Rather than yet another Christmas sweater, they get to see that money go to buying chickens for a family that will then raise more chickens and, maybe, become self-sustaining.
As voluntourism rises in popularity, so does the urge among travellers to give back to a community, even after the suitcases are unpacked. Give the gift that gives back through organizations like Heifer International, which provides animals to poor communities around the globe to help them become self-reliant. Donate a $60 Flock of Hope in someone’s name and provide a family with chicks, ducklings and goslings that will feed that family and produce offspring that, under Heifer’s guidance, will be donated to another family in need.
Love brought Jennifer Gallentine from the city to live in the country. A desire to stay home and raise her baby turned her into a farmer and a textile artist -- and Willow Mist Acres Alpaca Farm & Boutique was borne.
Not only did the Gallentines bring NJ Atlantico's Sea Admiral to the school they also donated the fiber from the farm and materials for the students to make alpaca-needle felted magnets to sell during Lent. The students made and sold 62 magnets from which they raised $260 to donate to Heifer International, which works with communities all around the world to end hunger and poverty.
Think “livestock to help poor countries” and what comes to mind? Probably not bees, worms and snails. Though they are not your everyday farm critters, they are among species John P. Perkins says will be included in workshops he will lead at the Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference this weekend.
The 37th annual NOFA conference runs Aug. 12 through 14 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is open to the public. Perkins, of Worcester, is volunteer coordinator for Central Massachusetts for Heifer International at Overlook Farm in Rutland. He will present two workshops on Sunday, “Livestock for a Small Earth,” for adults, and “One Solution to World Hunger: Farm Animals,” for teens.
Thank you to all the readers who voted Heifer International as a "runner up" for favorite charity and we congratulate Our House for being the Best of Arkansas 2011.
My Journey: Paul Mugisha
Bio gas provides enough energy for cooking and lighting
Paul Mugisha from Isingiro district has been a farmer for over 15 years, but much of his experience was limited to subsistence farming. “I used to grow crops to feed my family. I would then sell whatever was left, but there was never much left,” he says. Despite this, he stuck to farming, investing his savings in agriculture. His efforts paid off when he became a beneficiary of Heifer International’s support to farmers.
Senior Chief Mushili of the Lamba people in Masaiti District has urged his subjects not to engage themselves in any form of violence as the country heads towards this year's tripartite elections.The chief was speaking through his clerk, Christopher Kaluba during the hand-over ceremony of 40 draft cattle and two bulls to Kaunga Women Group in Kafulafuta by Heifer International on Monday.
Growing vegetables in the ground takes time, effort and dedication. Yet energy focused on a single point, like the sun on a plant, can yield marvelous results. At Heifer USA, that result is all about feeding the hungry. Heifer USA's newest initiative, The Seeds of Change, is growing in new directions for locally grown food and its distribution in Arkansas.
Nation’s leading animal health company focuses philanthropic efforts on helping U.S. families raise livestock
MADISON, N.J. - To help educate impoverished families in the United States about how to farm successfully, and to promote self-sufficiency and fight hunger, Pfizer Animal Health has made a $65,000 contribution to Heifer International—world renowned for its efforts to end poverty and protect the environment.
“We’re helping farmers establish themselves so they can provide a consistent and reliable supply of locally grown foods to the community,” said Michael McFarland, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, and Group Director of Veterinary Medical Services & Corporate Citizenship for Pfizer Animal Health. “The donation will go towards programs designed to help communities thrive long term.”