CORNERSTONE: FULL PARTICIPATION
HOW IT WORKS:
Virtually everyone in communities where Heifer works has something to contribute. Heifer calls everyone to the table, especially women living in cultures where they have traditionally been excluded or undervalued. Decisions affect everyone, and therefore must take everyone's opinions into account.
Think about who will be affected by the decisions you make, and be sure those people's perspectives are taken into account. And more broadly, remember that the fight to end hunger and poverty calls us all to action. Educate yourself. Reach out. Donate. Enlist your friends.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
The Heifer International Sacramento Volunteers held a community celebration for Heifer's 70th Anniversary. The event featured chicks to hold, activities to engage and speakers to inspire. Bill Beck (pictured), one of the original Heifer seagoing cowboys, and Rosa Rodriguez, Heifer Ecuador Country Director, were featured speakers at the event. Everyone enjoyed the chance to reconnect and gain renewed dedication to support Heifer's work.
Twenty-seven students at St. John Catholic School in Kansas City participated in Heifer International's Read to Feed program. Together they read nearly 450 books this summer, and by collecting sponsors for the books read, they raised $2,090 for Heifer International! The students generously decided to donate one heifer, three schools of fish, one water buffalo, two llamas, two sheep, one goat, tree seedlings, three rabbits, two beehives, two flocks of chicks, one flock of ducks and one flock of geese! Congratulations and thank you to the students of St. John Catholic School!
A small community of 4,000 surpasses their fundraising goal for Heifer International and the resulting consequences are adorable.
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.
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.
I had the pleasure of attending Heifer International's Gifts in the Garden event as a volunteer with a group from Oglethorpe University. I, along with my fellow Oglethorpe Petrels, had a fantastic time.
My wife and I have just returned from a Heifer Project study trip to Ecuador. We have long been friends of Heifer and we have now seen first hand the ongoing response to human need in which Heifer is engaged.
Heifer India participant, Jaituna Ameen Khan, recites 12 Cornerstones of Heifer International
Yesterday morning, we read a book we found at the library called, "Beatrice's Goat." We were struck by how big a difference one goat can make to the life of a family.
Mrs. Pincus' Third Grade students at H.B. Brunner Elementary School raised almost $900...and they did it all on their own initiative! After reading the book Give A Goat by Jan Schrock, the students learned about Heifer International and found out they could donate money to buy a goat for people in Uganda who need food. In the end, the students raised an incredible $892.94.
My brother and I had a lemonade stand. Then we had lots of customers. We chose this organization to help people in need so they could be more healthy.
The walls of the exhibition room were nicely decorated with paintings, which were created by the 1st graders and were being auctioned off to the 5th graders. Each work of art expressed the unique personality, brilliant spirit and bright mind of the artist. It was very touching to see these tiny creatures with such a big heart.
What is the significance of Cornerstones? Why are these given so much prominence? Vineeta Sharma, administrative officer for Heifer India, gives her thoughtful take on Heifer's 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development.
Naquag Elementary School, located in Rutland MA, went "hog wild" during the first week of May with a very successful fundraiser! To celebrate, students ran in a race and attended a special school-wide assembly where the principal puckered up and kissed a pig!
My family and I are grateful to Heifer and Chetthor for their good deed. I never forget to thank them. I look after these precious gifts very well with my husband and my children.
I no longer behave like I used to, the way I used to handle my wife. Considering gender awareness, I have benefited from the project and our family relations have greatly improved.
My AP Environmental Science (APES) students at High Point Central High School conducted a fundraiser "SMASH Hunger" with the students at the school and collected $120.00 in one afternoon.
I learned from the UN FAO report, The State of Food and Agriculture (2009) "Livestock in the Balance," that 40 percent of global farm income comes from livestock, and that 80 percent of the "undernourished" are rural! Clearly the Heifer project is right on target.
Now my cow shed is better than that house in which I lived. When my husband received Cornerstones and Gender and Justice training, he also understood me. Everybody, including my husband, now asks my opinion and suggestions for decisions−without my decision nothing happens.
I grew up on a small farm in Washington State; our family raised at least two Holstein heifers and two goats to be donated to Heifer International.
The project members were like my second family and every time I was with them I enjoyed it to the fullest.They never made me feel like an outsider, even though sometimes there was a language barrier. I learned a lot about the Zulu culture from them, like the type of food they eat at home and their way of doing things. I got to love and respect it. Manje se ngi khuluma isiZulu kahle (Now I can speak Zulu very well), all thanks to the project members.
The Heifer Sacramento Community Volunteer group recently hosted an 'open-mic' concert to raise funds for Heifer. The group has a goal of $10,000 this year, and plan to do it with several casual activities like this.
United Methodist Church in Concord, California held the 24th Annual Bike-a-Thon for Heifer. May 4 was a beautiful day for a bike ride in the Napa Valley, when 19 riders and 5 support crew members from the Concord United Methodist Church took to the scenic roads to raise money for Heifer.
I see children everywhere at Passing on the Gift® events, door-to-door visits, hanging around their mothers and marching in rallies alongside women. These children are growing up around strong, independent women who have a voice and opinions to bring change in their community.
The Joyful Noise! Gospel Choir is preparing traditional African music, spirituals, slave songs, and contemporary gospel and original music to raise money for the good work of Heifer International.