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.
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.
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.
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.
In late October, Hurricane Sandy barreled through the Caribbean Sea and up the eastern seaboard leaving a path of destruction.
The future of Haiti begins in its soil but will come to fruition only in the marketplaces of the Caribbean, Central and South America and beyond.
In January 2011, Heifer began implementing a project in partnership with El Guabo.
Heifer Participant Wilson Sanchez on Agroecological Banana Farm
This video from www.eatrealeatlocal.ca illustrates what’s happening to the food system in Canada.
Church of the Brethren consortium holding series of fundraising events benefiting Heifer International.
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.
Meet Ryan Neal, Heifer International's Garden Educator.
Meet Geneti Nemera, Heifer International's Southern Africa Regional Director.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
Students from Purdue University, Banat Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine University (Romania) 2010
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.
A Haitian Celebration of Agriculture and Labor
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.