CORNERSTONE: NUTRITION AND INCOME
HOW IT WORKS:
Heifer recipients enjoy improved diets and finances through the consumption and/or sale of milk, eggs, cheese, honey, meat and wool. Other Heifer recipients use draft power to increase crop yields or get products to market more easily. It's not uncommon for project participants to share extra milk with their neighbors or to loan out their oxen to help other farmers till their fields.
Be aware of the impact your diet has on others. Do you know how your produce was grown and harvested? Were the workers who picked and processed your food paid a living wage? Whenever possible, opt for locally and sustainably grown fruit, meat and vegetables.
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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!)
Submitted by Sara | Age 8 | Colorado
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.
Writer Jocelyn Edwards and photographer Anne Ackermann traveled to Burkina Faso for World Ark to interview pastoralist Fulani families about how the changing climate affects their livelihoods. We interviewed these families to show the challenges pastoralists in the region face.
Crawford Moss of Troy, IL brought the following fundraiser to our attention on November 28. We think it is wonderful that two communities have joined together to raise funds and awareness for Heifer International! In concert with the first Guiding Principle of "Charity," the Knights of Columbus (Troy. IL) Council 9266 has initiated another new charitable fundraiser in support of “Culture for Life” efforts with donations going to Heifer International Foundation. The single and sole purpose of Heifer International is to provide livestock to families of third world countries where malnutrition and starvation is prominent. Heifer International also provides animal husbandry training for continued and sustained source of food and livelihood. Even most conservative estimates are 8 million plus people, mostly under age 16, die each year from starvation while malnutrition significantly contributes to miscarriages, still-birth and extreme birth defects. During the Advent Season, Council 9266 will embark on a 4 week charitable financial drive aimed at purchasing livestock in partnership with Heifer International. A model replica Ark, a symbol of livestock and giving, will be placed in the St. Jerome Narthex as a collection repository. The model replicated Ark was crafted by one of the Council’s own, Knight Gene Touchette. Gene's wood craftsmanship is exemplary and will be on display during the advent collection. Advent is a remarkable season of goodwill of financial GIFTING to others who suffer from real hunger.
It’s not every day you hear of 4th graders learning the value of economics. But when Heifer International received a $480 donation along with a letter referencing “mini-society business sessions” taking place during 4th graders’ economic studies, we were intrigued. Click the title of this story to read more...
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.
In 2012 we began a 20k trail run. Hoof It for Heifer is held on the Boy Scouts of America hiking trail in Petit Jean State Park atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, AR. The popularity of the run among trail runners has increased each year and with that we have been able to increase the amount we give to Heifer. We held our fourth run in April 2015 with 126 runners registered. Click the title of the story to read more...
My name is Bat-Ella Pessah and I am 12-years old. Since I was a little girl I have had food allergies, so I wanted to help other kids who also have allergies to be able to make some good food...
Devota has used money from milk sales to send her children to school and diversify her farm by investing in ducks.
In November 2012, the Chemrouen Cheat Khmer (CCK) organization and Heifer Cambodia started the "Improving Income and Nutrition through Community Empowerment” (INCOME) project in our village. Our family decided to join the self-help group in late 2012 and things began to change.
Cows are so awesome. And we’re not just saying that because we are called Heifer International. Here, we’ve long held the idea that animals, as just one of the things that Heifer provides to families, should always provide “7 M’s” so that they’re truly transformative for those we support. Heifer developed the idea of 7 M’s many years ago to help more simply explain how an animal can be a catalyst for so much change. It sounds sort of weird, but it works, and has for nearly 70 years.
Regine Ndjiwo, 55, and Justine Passo, 50, are members of Heifer projects in the western region of Cameroon, a little over nine miles from Heifer’s office in Bamenda. They are part of GIC APEB (Groupe d’Initiative Commune d’Apiculture et Eleveurs de Bamepah) created in Bamepah Village.
Valerik Khachatryan is a skillful tailor. He is famous in his village for his beautiful work. When he is not busy sewing or tailoring, he does small-scale farming. His family, which includes his wife Amalya, daughter Zhanna, 16, and son Vanik, 13, owns two calves, six hens, 10 chickens and a small pool with carp fish. Valerik dreams of growing their family farm.
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.
My family and I are grateful to Heifer and Chetthor for their good deed. I never forget to thank them. I look after these precious gifts very well with my husband and my children.