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Stories of hunger have inspired thousands of individuals and groups to do what they can to eliminate this devastating global problem. Amazing success stories like those below are what keep us and other Heifer donors working to end hunger. 

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Young Niece Inspires Giving

Ella was a lover of goats, passionate about protecting the environment and committed to the work of Heifer International.

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Honey for Heifer

Honduras

My name is Rogan, I am 16-years old and I have been a beekeeper for nearly four years now. My sister, Sage, and I started beekeeping after being awarded a very generous youth scholarship from the Kansas Honey Producers Association...

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The Sound of Frogs

Cambodia

In May 2013, I was travelling to Cambodia with the Heifer team working on training their Community Animal Health Workers...

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A Crisis Solved (For a Time)

At an environmental festival, the event table for Heifer International was set up in the same way we had done it hundreds of times before, but this time we were not getting any visitors. Something was wrong.

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In Memory of a Beloved Teacher

Becky, a beloved 6th grade teacher at Austin Academy in Garland, TX, passed away a year ago in a tragic motorcycle accident. Her school decided to honor her memory by donating to Heifer International. Becky's co-worker and friend, Mindy, was kind enough to allow us to share their story.

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Honey for Chicks

A worker from Heifer came to my library and after the program I was inspired to raise money for Heifer. We sold honey that was fresh from our bees at the library and we reached our goal of $20 to buy some baby chicks!

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It Takes a Village

The West Bath School, 150 students Grades K-5, began their 6th annual Read to Feed campaign led by former teacher and now librarian, Mrs. Elena Desjardins (Mrs. D). Three weeks into the campaign, Ethan Reno, a 4th grader, approached Mrs. D saying, “I want to help you inspire more students to join Read to Feed this year because I want to help save more children.”

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HS West Environmental Club Raises Over $3,000 to Help the Impoverished

The Half Hollow Hills High School West Environmental Club is proud to announce that they were able to raise $3,010 to be donated to Heifer International, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values based holistic community development.

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Oliver's Artwork Helps End Hunger

My son, Oliver, who is seven years old, was inspired by a friend who was selling home-made cookies in order to donate a flock of chicks to Heifer International. He loved the idea of helping needy families by donating an animal that could provide food as well as a way for the family to make money.

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Making Pigs Fly in Papua New Guinea

There appeared to be little hope, the viability of the farm was in serious doubt. Then I read about Heifer International and how they manage to fly various animal's across the globe. "It they can do it, so can we," said one of the students.

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Students Read to Make a Difference

Students were shocked to learn that 1 in 8 people will go to bed hungry each night. Then they learned about Heifer International-an organization that “provides livestock for struggling families who have few resources and need an ongoing source of income,” and how those “gifts help families lift themselves to self-reliance.”

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The Best Birthday Gift Ever

Our son is about to turn 12, and two months ago he said he wanted to talk to us about his birthday. We thought, "Here we go - what does he want this year?" Instead he shocked and amazed us by saying that he had everything he needed and he would like to donate the money we would have paid on a present for him to charity.

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Student "Auctions" Heifer Animals

High school student and 4H member Madden Shanks was motivated by her community service class at Friday Harbor High School to organize a livestock auction to support Heifer International. Having raised livestock through 4H and San Juan County Youth Livestock, Madden knows how important animals can be to struggling families.

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East Hampton Church Celebrates Mother's Day Heifer Style

Can you think of a more appropriate day to kick off the Heifer Project than Mother’s Day? Heifer is all about mothers, mothers and their babies. Heifer mothers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from tiny, little fish to….well, big mothers with udders like me. Have you ever seen a finer specimen?

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Boy's Imagination Gives Heifer Hope

I am thankful for the way Heifer makes those first lessons in giving so accessible for children. I know that this program is helping my children just as much, possibly even more, than the families who receive animals. He knows those animals are helping people - and that HE can help too.

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Girls' Greeting Cards Spread Spring Cheer

My daughter and friends worked together on making an decorating greeting cards for Easter/Passover/Spring.

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Chicago Teen Creates Change Through Living Gift Markets

If you asked Zoe Prekop about herself, she would say she is a junior from Chicago that loves traveling, exploring new places and even cliff jumping! But in addition to being a fun-loving teen open to new ideas and experiences, Zoe has been a huge advocate for ending hunger and poverty and organizing support for Heifer International.

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Forest Heights Middle School Paves a Way

There are a lot of ways to learn about math and geography using textbooks and maps, but the students at Forest Heights Middle School wanted to do something a little different. Christine Mignot, a teacher at the school, wanted the students to not just learn about pie charts and graphs, but life outside Little Rock, Ark. And what better place in our great state to learn about life outside of it than Heifer International.

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St. Andrews Donates Savings to Heifer

For our stewardship project his year, we saved our change and gave it to the Heifer Project. The Heifer Project helps needy people around the world by giving them animals.

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Miss Julia's Class Donates Heifer Chicks

Miss Julia's classes saved their nickels, dimes and quarters, and each class donated a flock of chicks to a family in need in another part of the world.

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VIDEO: Sacramento Heifer Volunteers Travel to Ecuador

In August, members of the Sacramento Heifer Community Volunteer group traveled to Ecuador to increase their understanding of Heifer's work.

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Science Teacher Smooches Pig

Heifer hero and science teacher at Nipomo High School, Mr. Paradis, won the right to kiss a pig at a recent Nipomo High School fundraiser.

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Congregations in Sacramento Recognized for Their Support

Passing on the gift is far more than a handy catchphrase for Heifer International. It represents the success of a family moving from recipient to donor, hope for a family to gain a sustainable livelihood, and continuation of the circle to lift families from hunger and poverty.

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Heifer Families Impress Donors During Vietnam Vacation

Vietnam

On the final day of 2013, members of the Improving Livelihoods in the Poorest District of Soc Trang Province project’s self-help group #1 warmly welcomed the Gluckman family to Phu Tam commune, Chau Thanh district. The married couple and their two children were vacationing in Vietnam and wanted to visit a Heifer project. They have been donating to Heifer International for 20 years.

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Teen Group in Sacramento Gives a Generous Gift

The Jewish Community Foundation of the West's Teen Philanthropy Class in Sacramento, California awarded their first grant to Heifer International in November 2013.