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The Xi Kappa Omega Chapter, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, recently partnered with Heifer International for a reading of the children’s book Beatrice’s Goat in Oxnard, California. Beatrice’s Goat is based on Beatrice Biira’s real life story of how her life changed after her family received the gift of a goat from Heifer International.
In 2011, my friend Julie and I had a year full of grief, frustration and unwelcome drama. It was one emotional disaster after another. At the end of that year, we decided to change our focus to helping others. We committed to raise $5000 to "build an ark" for Heifer International to provide livestock and training for struggling families worldwide.
I remember the first time I heard of Heifer International. I was sitting in a Peace Corps van, driving through the streets of Thies, the second largest city in Senegal. Two of my fellow volunteers started excitedly chattering as we passed a sign. They slapped on the window and shrieked at each other. I didn’t really understand the excitement, but I noted the sign, a cow jumping over the word “Heifer”. At the moment, it didn’t mean much to me, but looking back on that moment, it was the start to something amazing.
We held a Pancake Supper at our church to raise funds and awareness of Heifer. The children learned about what Heifer does, designed posters, and came up with fun ideas including having a pancake race...
As we walked in for Sunday worship service, Sue Bishop greeted my husband, Allen, and me. She asked us, “Would you like to represent Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Tustin, California, and volunteer to tell folks about Heifer International at the Orange County Fair this summer?” and, to Sue’s surprise, we said, “Why, yes, we would!”
I teach economics at the high school level. My students and I were discussing third world countries, food sources, clean water, etc. The question, "How can you make a difference," was raised and Heifer international was mentioned.
At 26 years old, Stratton the water buffalo continues his role of being both motivation and muscle for the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR.
As a sophomore in college, I was looking for something to do between school years, when I remembered that Heifer Ranch offered volunteering opportunities. I had been a participant at the Ranch on four different occasions, and I decided that it would be great to see the other side of things here. Little did I know, my decision to be a Heifer Ranch volunteer would shape the rest of my life.
Heifer India participant, Jaituna Ameen Khan, recites 12 Cornerstones of Heifer International
Heifer International's Read to Feed program has undoubtedly been an important and invaluable experience for the Maimonides 4th grade class this past year (2012-2013). It did not take long for my students to understand that their philanthropy could significantly improve a family’s quality of life, and that together, they can make a lasting difference for people around the world.
Heifer’s Read to Feed program welcomes a new supporter – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel and Gandhi Prize recipient and human rights activist from South Africa.
Social justice is girls in Nicaragua, where 32 percent of girls over 15 are illiterate. Where Heifer International helped those same girls attend school because their families no longer need them to stay home and work.
In the world today, no one can deny the importance of education. Yet many women in the remote mountainous areas of Northern Thailand rarely have the opportunity to be educated. Heifer International Thailand believes that providing basic education to women will broaden their world view and enhance their confidence.
The metaphor of “sowing seeds” is often used when we speak about education. We plant the seeds of education, and who knows what will grow and how deep the roots will penetrate? On college campuses around the country, we are able to see and feel real community change and social action that has sprung up because of the planting of Heifer’s educational “seeds.” But a crop needs help from a farmer to grow to its full potential, and we’ve found that professors of Geography, Animal Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Political Science, Philosophy, and History can make great farmers. Read more to see how college and university faculty and staff can plant the seeds of sustainable development on their campuses and beyond. You may need to get your hands dirty!