CATEGORY: PROJECTS

For over 60 years we have collected and cherished donor stories on how they have helped eradicate hunger and poverty around the globe. Below are just a few of the latest Heifer charity stories and projects.

Projects
Projects

Dang Hong Thuy from Vietnam

Vietnam

Thuy received the gift of geese and they have been a perfect match on her small farm. The training she received provided essential knowledge in their care.

Projects

Gladys from Uganda

Uganda

The chickens her grandmother received made it possible for her to care for Gladys and her 11 cousins who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Projects

Emilia from Slovakia

Emilia is a member of the impoverished Roma community and the chickens her family received are empowering them to overcome the severe discrimination her people face.

Projects

Devota from Rwanda

Rwanda

Devota has used money from milk sales to send her children to school and diversify her farm by investing in ducks.

Projects

Ulysses from Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Thanks to the eggs from their ducks, Ulysses and his family have a reliable source of nutrition and income.

Projects

Sinath from Cambodia

Cambodia

Sinath says, "I think Passing on the Gift® was the best activity in our life. I was so excited."

Projects

Judeth from Kenya

Kenya

Judeth is an orphan whose adopted family received chickens from Heifer donors and has since been able to invest in growing their farm.

Projects

Edwin from Guatemala

Guatemala

When Edwin's mother received 10 chickens, she was overwhelmed with gratitude by the kindness of strangers.

Projects

Nancy from Ecuador

Ecuador

The chickens Nancy received from Heifer made an immediate difference. Now she can earn income to pay for her children's education.

Projects

Jiang Meide from China

China

Thanks to Heifer donors, Meide and her husband have been able to rebuild their lives after the devastating Sichuan earthquake.

Projects

Edik from Armenia

Armenia

Edik is very thankful for the gift of chickens and the impact they are having on his growing farm and his family.

Projects

Marietta from Armenia

Armenia

Marietta's chickens provide her with about seven eggs a day that she can sell to local shops.

Projects

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...

Projects

Heifer's 12 Cornerstones Changed My Family's Life

Cambodia

In November 2012, the Chemrouen Cheat Khmer (CCK) organization and Heifer Cambodia started the "Improving Income and Nutrition through Community Empowerment” (INCOME) project in our village. Our family decided to join the self-help group in late 2012 and things began to change.

Projects

The Reason Cows Are Awesome

Armenia

Cows are so awesome. And we’re not just saying that because we are called Heifer International. Here, we’ve long held the idea that animals, as just one of the things that Heifer provides to families, should always provide “7 M’s” so that they’re truly transformative for those we support. Heifer developed the idea of 7 M’s many years ago to help more simply explain how an animal can be a catalyst for so much change. It sounds sort of weird, but it works, and has for nearly 70 years.

Projects

Regine and Justine: Cameroon Women Turn Things Around

Cameroon

Regine Ndjiwo, 55, and Justine Passo, 50, are members of Heifer projects in the western region of Cameroon, a little over nine miles from Heifer’s office in Bamenda. They are part of GIC APEB (Groupe d’Initiative Commune d’Apiculture et Eleveurs de Bamepah) created in Bamepah Village.

Projects

Young Poultry Farmer has Big Dreams

Armenia

My name is Zhenya. I am from the Kirants community of Armenia. I am 14. I attend the Heifer youth club in our village. In 2012, I developed a business plan that was approved by Heifer Armenia, and I received a small youth grant to realize my business plan. Heifer gave me 40,000 Armenian drams (about $100) as a youth business start-up.

Projects

Valerik's Dream

Armenia

Valerik Khachatryan is a skillful tailor. He is famous in his village for his beautiful work. When he is not busy sewing or tailoring, he does small-scale farming. His family, which includes his wife Amalya, daughter Zhanna, 16, and son Vanik, 13, owns two calves, six hens, 10 chickens and a small pool with carp fish. Valerik dreams of growing their family farm.

Projects

Progress in Piura, Peru

Peru

Two years ago, Heifer International’s partner, IDEAS, was promoting a livelihoods project in a community in Peru. The project, Building Sustainable Livelihoods in Piura's Dry Forest Community, was an opportunity that 42-year-old Maria Esmelda decided she couldn’t pass up, so she signed up. Esmelda recounts her experience as a participant...

Projects

Honduran Village Passes on the Gift

Honduras

Celebrating Passing on the Gift at Concepción de María: In early October 2013, the small village of Concepción de María, nestled in the mountain crevices of Honduras, bustled with activity. More than 60 families were gathered at the corner of the local soccer field to celebrate another round of Passing on the Gift. The crew included leaders of the local community, Heifer partners and staff, and joyous family members ready to pass on gifts of calves and chickens. With the lime green mountains acting as the backdrop and silent witness, one-by-one, families took center stage and passed on the same kinds of gifts they had received two years before.

Projects

Women's Group in Nepal Offers a Helping Hand

Nepal

Site Bushal is telling a group of visitors how she has benefited from a community transformation that resulted in a group spirit of Sharing and Caring.

Projects

Heifer International Beneficiary Gives Back by Volunteering

South Africa

When I was given the opportunity to volunteer at Heifer International, I was thrilled because it was an opportunity to support a cause whereby I have personally witnessed its contribution towards alleviating poverty. In my own little way, I hope I can contribute towards the mission of Heifer International in ending hunger and poverty in the world.

Projects
Projects

Seeing Poverty With a New Lens

Philippines

This episode was a life-changer. It totally shifted my paradigm to what Sharing and Caring is all about. Where before I lived without caring whether I made a difference in other people’s lives, that day I vowed with great resolve to share whatever I can with the needy. I will sincerely give, and more.

Projects

Improved Stove Improves Life

Peru

I feed my animals; I water the plants; I work; and I cook. I never imagined I would have an improved kitchen.