CORNERSTONE: 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.
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.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
One sweet gesture by one 4-H family in Dickinson County, Kansas, has bloomed onto a global scale. In three years, the Tokach family of Abilene, Kansas, has raised enough donations through their 4-H beekeeping project and their small batches of honey to donate 165 honeybee hives through Heifer Project International. That’s $4,950 worth of honeybees that are donated to villagers around the world who are trying to change their lives. Please click the title of the article to read more!
This map shows the areas where heifers were distributed in Western Germany through August 15th, 1950. They reached their immediate goal for this project of 1,200 heifers.
Ecuador is in the midst of recovery after an April earthquake killed over 660 people. Little Rock-based Heifer International has been working with farmers and fishing families in the region just outside the earthquake's epicenter for decades. Oscar Castañeda, Vice President of the Americas with Heifer, spoke with KUAR's Jacob Kauffman about the path of recovery efforts... Please click the title of the article to read more!
Submitted by Angelinah | California
Submitted by Anna Giulia | Age 9 | NYC
Received in the beginning of December 2015, the below letter was sent into Heifer International from Pam Nemeth, proud mother of Jake Nemeth, co-founder of The Giving Garden and recently inducted Eagle Scout. There was no way we at Heifer were going to allow Jake's hard work and dedication to go unacknowledged. We'd like to allow Pam's words to tell you more about Jake's Eagle Project, so without further ado... (Click the title of this story to read more!)
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.Robin Williams
This photo features Velma Perry, a loyal donor in Oregon, who was the lucky recipient of a mailing Heifer International sent to some of our supporters last year. The mailer included a packet of flower seeds and a note about motherhood. We want to thank Velma for sharing the amazing sunflowers that resulted from the gift we sent her. This Mother's Day, honor your mother and all mothers around the world by doing what they do every day: making the world a better place.
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.
Heifer India participant, Jaituna Ameen Khan, recites 12 Cornerstones of Heifer International
I feed my animals; I water the plants; I work; and I cook. I never imagined I would have an improved kitchen.
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.
World Ark Senior Editor Austin Bailey and Heifer Americas Program Assistant Jason Woods share about their recent trip to Bolivia's
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.
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.