CORNERSTONE: GENDER AND FAMILY FOCUS
HOW IT WORKS:
In Heifer's work, gender equity is central to success. Men and women must work side by side in equally respected roles and responsibilities for a family to lift itself out of poverty, which is why Heifer confronts issues of patriarchy and inequality head on. Also, women are more likely to share the fruits of their education and success with their families.
Encourage girls to study math and science, and support female entrepreneurs. Raise your sons to treat women as equals, and make sure you advocate education for both genders equally. Parents, teach your boys how to cook and teach your girls how to wield a hammer.
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We were extraordinarily blessed to be raised in the Rocker family. As children our parents were always involved at church and in the community at large, contributing their time, talents and money whenever possible. We all grew up with that example and as adults try to emulate our parent’s generosity, though it’s doubtful we can even come close. When we were younger, our Christmas celebrations were more about being together than they were about gifts. But as happens quite often, our small family Christmas celebrations grew as the family grew into a huge party with gifts stacked everywhere. While everyone certainly enjoyed the gift exchange, Christmas was beginning to lose some of its magic for us as a family. Last summer, as our mom was beginning her preparations for the annual celebration, she became depressed about it and prayed for ideas to plan something that would hearken back to those wonderful Christmas celebrations of the past. During her reflection she remembered one of the grandchildren requesting a flock of chickens through Heifer International for her birthday a few years ago. Thinking on a grand scale, this inspired her idea for providing the Ark in 2015. We were all on board and within a short time she had raised the entire amount needed to sponsor the project. At the family Christmas party, instead of endless time spent opening gifts, we spent time together and mom read a version of the Nativity story that focused strongly on the animals present that night. She then explained to the younger children how the animals we provided would so greatly help others, which sparked wonderful conversation with the children. We all agreed this was the best Christmas we had shared in years and look forward to planning more Christmas projects together.
Submitted by Gracie | Maryland
Submitted by Yeshi | Virginia
When planning her 6th birthday, Caroline had an interesting request for her parents: she wanted her guests to help her send a girl to school through Heifer International. While she had been exposed to Heifer before--even giving her mom a goat for her birthday last year--Caroline hadn't considered fundraising for us before. However, during a recent trip to the library, Caroline discovered Beatrice's Goat and learned about the depth of Heifer's mission and goals. This took place shortly after attending a friend's birthday party where guests were asked to donate to Heifer in lieu of gifts. We at Heifer love that our cornerstone of Passing on the Gift has extended to inspiration, fundraisers and birthday presents. Thank you for your generosity, Caroline!
The Family Learning Center is a Boulder, CO non-profit organization. Our mission is to help families and children thrive in our community. This summer our middle and high school students completed a comprehensive Civic and Community Engagement summer camp. As part of their experience, they raised funds to donate to local and national charities. Our students were deeply touched by the outstanding work done by Heifer and wanted to donate part of the proceeds of their fundraising efforts to buy chickens for families in need. We hope this small donation will assist in the needs of a deserving family. Sincerely, The Family Learning Center
Sahel (MNN) — A United Nations article states that up to 41 million youth in the Sahel region will face poverty, creating fertile ground for radicalization.
A very creative donor sent her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a ballot of possible animal donations for them to vote on. Click on the title of this story to read more!
During their second year as Brownies (3rd grade), my Girl Scout troop worked on a journey called "World of Girls." Click the title of this story to read more...
I am a woman among women, and my family is well respected in the villageGagnessiri Ndiaye, http://tinyurl.com/qhbuvnn
One woman told us that owning cows has made her as strong as a man.Wendi Aarons
After cruising around for a bit and enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife, our captain docked the boat and told us all we could jump in and swim. Almost everyone from the group immediately sprinted to the side and cannonballed into the water like it was Caddy Day at Bushwood Country Club and they were allowed just 15 minutes to have fun before the Baby Ruth appeared. It was pretty great. I didn’t join them. Instead, I stood on the deck waving and smiling at everyone in the gorgeous water, and quickly decided it wasn’t something I could do.
Friends, I'm happy to report that found light in Malawi. There is light and colour everywhere. The women wear vibrant colours and patterns, and at every stop, our hosts greeted us with exuberant song and dance.
I cried on the plane because, despite so much that is wrong with our world, the desire to help one another burns in enough hearts to be a powerful force. People are living up to their duty of helping others and it is changing the world. I feel honored to be just one small part of that change.Jane Maynard
Priorities. They are sometimes easy to figure out, but many times they give us choices that seem to compete for what we would consider best. They become difficult for us personally, and feel even more difficult for us as a community, or a nation, or if we look far enough, they make the whole world a place to fight over priorities. Tough choices seem to just keep coming.
As Luiza was talking with us about her cows and her life she said, “You came and held our hands to bring us where we are.” At the conclusion of that sentence, Luiza and her neighbors began to cheer and yell with joy.
My name is Shiloh. I live in Durham, NC and I just turned 10-years old. I know I am so lucky to live in a family that is able to take care of me, but I know a lot of people can't take care of their families so I asked my friends to donate money to Heifer International for my 10th birthday party instead of giving me presents. I was HOPING to receive enough to buy a goat for a family and I DID!! I am so excited that a family will now have milk and cheese for themselves and to sell for profit!! Yay!! A goat!!! I hope the goat and the family will be very happy!! Love, Shiloh
As a family we are so fortunate that we have all of the material things we need. My husband and I have tried to teach our children, from day one, to use things and love people, not the opposite. We started the tradition of collecting donations in lieu of birthday presents as a way to put this belief into action. Each year our kids choose which organization they would like to support. We have been touched by how many friends and family members give generously to the organization the birthday kid has chosen. We are a farming family and I think that this is why Heifer International is the organization that my kids are drawn to year after year. Click the title of this story to read more...