CORNERSTONE: GENUINE NEED AND JUSTICE
HOW IT WORKS:
This Cornerstone helps guide Heifer's work so that we provide livestock and training to those with a genuine need. This means lacking adequate nutrition and money for medicine and education. In many cases, poverty is a result of discrimination and racism. Heifer seeks to facilitate justice by empowering those who are disenfranchised because of their ethnicity, sex or social status.
Genuine need exists everywhere, not just in developing countries. So does discrimination and bias. Be generous with your time and resources, and be mindful of respecting people from different backgrounds.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
In 2013 I took my son, then a second grader, to the Hunger Banquet at Misericordia University where I was a student. There he learned about the difference between poor, middle, and wealthy classes and just how many children go hungry around the world. The distended bellies in the photos really upset him. Afterwards he asked if he could mail food to the poor kids. I knew of Heifer from when I was in youth group and found it was still helping those around the world and explained how it works to my son. He was immediately on board. He approached the school about holding his first physical fundraiser on campus during the Hunger Awareness Week. He now does a fundraiser annually, creating youtube call-to-action videos... Please click the title of the story to read more!!
Earlier this spring, the Youth of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Southington, CT organized and participated in a ‘Famine Weekend’ to raise money and awareness for Heifer International and other like-minded organizations. The Church Youth, grades 6-12 begin fasting after school lunch on Friday and did not eat solid food again until Sat evening at 6:00, sustaining themselves on only water and some juice during that period. They asked people to support their efforts through monetary donations. After school, they joined together at the church to play a variety of games and exercises... Please click the title of the story to read more!
Orange, pink, yellow, blue and more covered the Foxcroft campus on Friday during the Class of 2017’s Junior Class Walkathon. Following the previous year’s theme of a color run, students and faculty enjoyed the warm weather and sunny day to raise money for a great cause--Heifer International. Click on the title of this story to read more!
Dear Heifer International, This entire idea started about two months ago when I saw the catalog lying on our center island. I paged through it and saw all of these people that needed food and income. Then it hit me, it would be a great idea to try to get my family to support me in this project. When the first email came I went crazy. My grandma had just given $50! Then the emails were coming in like crazy. I was getting donations almost once a minute. So then a month later we decided to get a Hope Basket, Clean Water for One Village, and a flock of chickens. Enclosed is $225. Keep the extra $5. Thanks, Nico S.
Dear Heifer, I am a teacher in the small, rural school of West Greene District in PA. I also love travel, and do so frequently with my fiancee and have organized an International Club at my school. My fiancee and I have been to numerous countries (17 for me, 38 for him--he is a retired US Marine), and the students have raised money and in the last four years have traveled to England, France, Greece and Italy. They are currently fundraising for the next trip in 2017, a return to London and Paris, albeit with a new group. I do my best to open the world and its experiences to my students, many of whom have never traveled outside of their own state, let alone another country. I try to expose them to the sometimes vast differences between the life they know in the US and that of others in various countries. To that end, I encourage donations whenever possible. In the past, the West Greene International Club has donated twice to Cambodia, a country near to my heart after visiting there. Our last donation was a few months ago, and we received a lovely certificate from Heifer, which is proudly displayed in my classroom. With that certificate came a note concerning Heifer's latest project spotlight--Vietnam--which I immediately showed to my students. I have also visited that beautiful country and showed my photos to the students and told them about the people there. In the spirit of Christmas, my students brought in donations--single dollars, coins, pennies, etc. A fellow teacher donated as well. We proudly enclose our check for $50. Warm regards, Rebecca M.
Every December, our church "recollect" about their blessings and "collect" to give blessings to those in need through Heifer. Using a reverse Advent calendar, parishioners count how many warm beds are in their home, how many meals they have had lately, or how many people love them, for example. Each day there is a different blessing to consider, and instead of being rewarded with a piece of chocolate, parishioners feel blessed to be sharing their monetary gifts on behalf of Christ's birthday. This wonderful activity is very popular in our church, and we have been collecting for about a decade. This year we raised $700 - a record! Submitted by Michelle Tate
Menaul School is a faith based 6-12 private day and boarding school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have a large international population, and conduct a global week each school year to celebrate our diversity. This year as part of global week we chose to have an indoor soccer tournament with each grade level raising a minimum of $100.00 for a specific charity and country. The winning middle school and upper school team received the funds from the other groups to fund their charity. Our eighth grade students chose Heifer International as their charity and Ghana as their country. They were victorious and so were able to donate $449.00 to Heifer for their ongoing work in Ghana. Submitted by Jim Doyle
The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, along with a friendly herd of (plywood) cows, is seeking greener pastures for cows in third world countries. Presently, the FFA members at Miami East High School are soliciting donations for Heifer International. The goal of the Heifer International: Greener Pastures Program is to generate $1,000 that will provide two cows ($500 each) to be given to the impoverished families in poor, third world villages. The donations of members of the Miami East School community is making this happen. The program is designed to have six creatively decorated plywood cows stay a night or two in the yard of a community member. The community member will then make a donation to the FFA’s fundraising program to: 1) have the cows removed, 2) tell the FFA whose yard to put the cows in next, and/or 3) purchase insurance that the cows will not return to their yard or any combination of the three. The cows will then move to the next yard. Click the title of this story to read more!
"I would go around the neighborhood and stand a few feet away wherever I see a family having their super and just wait. I would be standing there for sometimes thirty to forty-five minutes. I had to wait until everyone in the family was full then I would be called over by either the father or the mother and they would put a few loads of leftover food in my pan and then I would walk in the dark to the next family, and the next family. Usually after three or four families my pan would be full or close to full then I head home to my mom. I was also seeing many others kids of the area doing the same..." Read more about Keleti Sanon, a contract worker with Securitas for Heifer International, as he tells his story of growing up in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. Learn more about his upbringing, what brought him to America, attending school and pursuing a career in America, and how he landed at Heifer International.
In 2006 I decided to have my fourth graders join in this worthwhile endeavor of supplying animals to needy people around the world. I used a family caramel recipe while visiting my parents over Christmas vacation with newly wrapped caramels and each year my present and past fourth graders have spent their quarters and dollar bills. My matching gift has grown into other donations and our totals have continued to grow, reaching a new high of $890 this year. Click the title of this story to read more!
Adults, especially teachers who work with kids all day, can be some of the biggest critics of teenagers. But watching students get excited about buying alpacas restored some of my faith in humanity. The winter holidays had gotten me thinking. How could I relate giving--the kind of giving that shares without expectation of compensation--to my tenth grade World History class at Batesville High School? How could I encourage students to be globally minded? Heifer International was the answer. Each of my six classes competed against each other to raise money for Heifer and win a class party. Students wanted the party, sure, but along the way they became interested in the animals and where they go and the principle of “teaching a man to fish” that Heifer honors through its work. Each class was allowed to vote on which animals to buy with its funds. Whole llamas and alpacas became popular goals. Did each class achieve its goal? No, but I watched a student dig $7.00 worth of change out of her back pack one day and saw another student quietly drop in five folded $20.00 bills when nobody was paying attention. I saw them encourage each other, guilt each other, and ultimately work together to help people in situations that seem light years away from their own insulated teenage world. I watched and listened to them and silently said to myself that maybe the future has a chance after all. We make the difference. Submitted by Elizabeth Taylor
Enclosed please find a contribution to Heifer. This is in honor of my wife Linda L. Harlan. In about 2011, our church sent several members, including Linda and myself, to Arkansas to the Ranch. Olivia Heisner, who grew up in our church (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Columbia, MO) was at Heifer for a year before starting college. She was a wonderful singer and was a theater major. But did she really want to try to go to Broadway? The theory was that she would take a year away from theater and then she would know if that was her calling. (Click on the title of this story to read more about Timothy and his wife, Linda!)
After we read the World Ark article “Refuse, Reuse” that explains how animal waste can be turned into usable biogas energy, I challenged the 25 students in my 6th grade class to see if they could raise $50 to provide a biogas stove for a family in need. We agreed that if we collected additional money they could choose an animal to include in their gift. During the three weeks between Thanksgiving students paged through “The Greatest Gift” catalogs I brought to school and the funds trickled in. We decided that instead of spending money on “Secret Santa” gifts, we would give each other handmade cards and donate toward our project. Several families joined in, and our custodian even added a few extra dollars. Excitement grew as we kept track of each new contribution. By the last day of class, we had raised $125 and the class voted to add a flock of chicks and a share of a Knitter’s Basket to the gift of a stove. They also asked if they could keep going and see if they could multiply the remaining $7 to give another gift during the Spring semester. This year’s science curriculum included research on the California Drought and the need for water conservation. We learned that in parts of the world women and girls must walk long distances to get water. We also studied solar energy, made solar ovens, and learned that using solar-powered ovens means that women and girls don’t have to walk long distances to get firewood. Because I’ve been supporting Heifer’s biogas projects for several years, I decided to also introduce the students to this form of alternate energy which improves the lives of women and girls in similar ways. We read the World Ark article to understand how biogas systems work and to learn some fun vocabulary words (fertilizer, slurry, manure, and dung!). But the article went further: it connected my students with the impact of these projects on lives of real people in another country. This touched their hearts. I’m really proud of my students, many of whom struggle academically and/or are still learning English. They are also proud of what they’ve accomplished and are pleased that their small gifts will help improve the lives of struggling families. Submitted by Janet Graff
If there is enough for all, why don't we all have enough?Yasin Dguidegue
Dear Heifer International, We, the members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle of Northside Middle School in Columbus, IN chose your organization as our charity recipient of our Christmas Candy Gram fundraiser. Our goal was to purchase a water buffalo through Heifer International. Together, we sold candy grams with personalized messages that would be delivered during school for 50 cents. We sold them during three daily lunch periods for a week. We raised $267.26, which exceeds our goal of purchasing a water buffalo. We are very happy and proud that we met our objective and raised a little more money. We believe in the life-changing work that Heifer International does. Giving an animal to a family helps them to be more self-sufficient and the animal can help provide many things. It can also help lift a family out of poverty and hunger, which is a fantastic thing. We also believe the Passing on the Gift (R) idea is a great concept that further continues the giving. Thank you for the opportunity to purchase an animal that will help a family work fo ra better life without hunger or poverty. We are very pleased that the money we raised will go to a great organization who will use it wisely. Sincerely, Northside FCA
Dear Heifer, I started a tradition for my family. Two Christmases in a row I ended up in the hospital and I was unable to shop for my family or extended family. That created my tradition; I now mail my gift budget to Heifer and I send Heifer (honor) cards to each extended family member. This year I asked the parents to be sure to let the kids know where their gift went. My nephew really was impressed but thought I should buy a water buffalo. His name is Jasper and he went door to door in his neighborhood and raised $87.00. Because my check had already been mailed his folks mailed it to Heifer and requested it go to education. I was so proud of him! Sincerely, Merodie N. Aunt of Jasper, age 8
Holy Heifer! We're headed for Heaven... Look what's happening November 7! Ok, we now have it straight 1992 was our last bazaar date. It pulled together our congregation, including the town in pursuit of our mission. Now "All hands on deck," we're rockin' the boat, We want this Heifer idea to float! So plan to embark on this bazaar craft, Celebrating our church both "fore and aft." November 7 is the date to snare, Creating gifts to eat, give or wear. You may be called for a unique treasure, To sell for someone else's pleasure. So collect your thoughts and come aboard, We've done this before and our spirits have soared! Come one by one or two by two, We'll be counting on the likes of you. Signed MJ and Sue (Click the title of this story to learn more about Grinnell UCC's fundraiser.)
Dear Heifer International, My name is Emma. For the past 6 years I have had one big fundraiser a year. In past years, I have my church send in the money, but this year I decided I would. This year we raised over $2,000, which has been one of our records! In 2012 I started to keep track of how much money we have raised each year. Normally it's around $1,850 but in the past four years I have helped raised $7,285. I really enjoy your program, and helping raise money for it. Thank you for giving me this experience and I will raise more money next year. Sincerely, Emma Age 15
Houston is considered the most diverse city in the United States, and our high school reflects that. We are part of a very large urban school district, but we are a small specialized school. We serve young immigrants that have recently arrived in the United States. Many are over age for a traditional school setting, and many come with interrupted education from their home country because of war, gang intimidation or lack of funds. All have landed at our door with the desire to learn English, earn a high school diploma, and improve their lives and those of their families. To learn how these students raised funds for Heifer, please click on the title of this story...
Submitted by Laila C. | Age 12 | Florida
Submitted by Lila | Georgia | "The girls became interested in Heifer International as they were studying with their teacher and an article by Heifer was included with the lesson. They began to collect some money for Heifer by bringing a quarter a week." | (Click the title of this story to read more!)
Submitted by Rebekah | Georgia
Submitted by Angela | California