Improving the Environment

CORNERSTONE: IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT

Improving the Environment

HOW IT WORKS:

Caring for the Earth is a huge part of every Heifer project. Animals are chosen based largely on how appropriate they are for the local environment. Will they overburden or pollute the water supply? Will it be difficult to find or grow abundant fodder? Reforestation is a facet of Heifer projects in denuded areas, and manure and crop residues are used to reinvigorate anemic soil.

IN ACTION:

Environmental degradation is a problem to which we all contribute, so we all have a responsibility to help the Earth heal. Be mindful of how your choices of what to eat, how to travel and where to live affect people, animals and ecosystems around you.

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
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.

Projects

Cornerstones: The Quintessential Way of Life

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.

Projects
Projects

Selling Agroecological Products at the Market in Ecuador

Ecuador

We sell the horchata for 40 cents a glass and can earn about $150 in a day. It is a source of income. It helps with the costs of school for my son and food for home.

Projects

An Amazing Woman

Vietnam

Following the small concrete path, we were surprised to find a lively painted thatched house peacefully surrounded by green paddyfield, pig pen, hen house and garden of flowers.

Projects

Uganda Biogas Project Wins “Best Practice” Award

Uganda

Heifer’s Uganda biogas project eases the workload of rural women and improves their health by providing a safe, renewable and cheap source of fuel.

Events

Technology, Partnerships and Women Will Advance African Dairy Industry

Kenya

Elizabeth Bintliff, Vice President for Heifer’s Africa Program, presented a keynote address at the April 2012 8th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition held by the East and Southern Africa Dairy Association.

Projects
Projects
Projects

The Big Deal About Fair Trade Bananas

Ecuador

In January 2011, Heifer began implementing a project in partnership with El Guabo.

Projects
People

Do you know where your food comes from?

This video from www.eatrealeatlocal.ca illustrates what’s happening to the food system in Canada.

Partners

Church of the Brethren

Church of the Brethren consortium holding series of fundraising events benefiting Heifer International.

Projects

Big Moo Canoe

Haiti

The Big Moo Canoe is raising awareness and donations for Heifer International's REACH program — the largest animal project of its kind in Haiti's history.

People
People

Heifer's Heart: Geneti Nemera

Meet Geneti Nemera, Heifer International's Southern Africa Regional Director.

People

The WiLD Mama Bear of Virginia Tech

Honduras

According to the WiLD (Women in Livestock Development) site on Heifer’s Intranet Platform, a WiLD woman is a woman who is “making a difference in their lives and the lives of the families and communities where Heifer works.”

Communities of Change

Seeds of Knowledge Taking Root on Campus and Worldwide

Honduras

The metaphor of “sowing seeds” is often used when we speak about education.  We plant the seeds of education, and who knows what will grow and how deep the roots will penetrate?  On college campuses around the country, we are able to see and feel real community change and social action that has sprung up because of the planting of Heifer’s educational “seeds.”  But a crop needs help from a farmer to grow to its full potential, and we’ve found that professors of Geography, Animal Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Political Science, Philosophy, and History can make great farmers.  Read more to see how college and university faculty and staff can plant the seeds of sustainable development on their campuses and beyond. You may need to get your hands dirty!

People

Heifer's Heart: Shon Rainford

United States of America

What really touches me is reading the letters of participants in our education programs which show we are truly doing work that will make the world a better place.

Partners

Purdue Service Learning Class Visits Heifer Haiti

Haiti

Greetings, from Purdue University! Our names are Katelyn Jackson and Josey Holscher, and we are both senior students in Animal Sciences. We have been involved with Heifer International on Purdue’s campus for close to three years and since then we have seen the importance of Heifer's goals.

Partners

Students from Purdue University, Banat Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine University (Romania) 2010

Romania

Dr. Mark Russell, along with other faculty from Purdue’s Agronomy Department, co-led a class called “Exploring International Animal Industries” on a visit to Romania.

Events
People

Community Education Volunteer Spotlight: Dorn Van Dommelen

Geography 101 is not one of those college courses that immediately grabs one’s attention.  For most, it is simply another three hours closer to a degree, a bridge to cross along the way to a recognition of higher learning.  Few would expect their life to be changed in a 1 year geography survey class, right?  And often the teaching of those classes is the begrudging grunt-work of professors who would rather be working on a soon-to-be published article or research grant, correct?  Not necessarily.