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.
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!
Submitted by Addison S. | Age 10 | Iowa
Submitted by Angela | California
Received during the first week of January, Alice Rupel Rohrer, a long time donor, reached out to us wanting to share her donor story. We are so grateful she decided to take that extra step. Hearing from donors is not only a privilege, but allows Heifer International to learn what makes our donors tick. As you'll quickly learn, Alice's story is astounding... (Click the title of this story to learn more about Alice.)
Submitted by Carlos | California
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.