CORNERSTONE: PASSING ON THE GIFT
HOW IT WORKS:
After their projects are established, families that received resources from Heifer—such as livestock, seeds or training—pass on these gifts to other families in need in their community. This allows them to help others as they have been helped, and to share the resources that they now have in abundance.
In what specific ways has someone helped you or your family in the last month? Perhaps someone pitched in with childcare during an emergency, brought over a meal or simply listened to a problem you were struggling with. Using the spirit of that gift, how can you pass it along to someone else in need? Whether reaching out to old friends or to a stranger, the idea is to help someone in the way you've been helped, a way that might not have occurred to you before.
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I grew up on a small farm in Washington State; our family raised at least two Holstein heifers and two goats to be donated to Heifer International.
These protein packed "pets" are wonderful. They lay nutritional eggs, compost our food scraps, and create compost for the garden.
The Heifer Sacramento Community Volunteer group recently hosted an 'open-mic' concert to raise funds for Heifer. The group has a goal of $10,000 this year, and plan to do it with several casual activities like this.
When I was 9, we moved to the country. Starting over with friends, and adjusting to a life on a ranch was a lot to take in. At the grocery store (20 miles away) one day, my mom and I ran into an old friend of hers from her high school days. We discovered we lived just miles apart and she had a daughter in my grade.
I see children everywhere at Passing on the Gift® events, door-to-door visits, hanging around their mothers and marching in rallies alongside women. These children are growing up around strong, independent women who have a voice and opinions to bring change in their community.
I am a painter and fiber artist specializing in animals and rural life. Without a large charitable budget, I look for ways to give using what I do have... my art.
Life in Chinar is very dangerous. Every day my wife takes our two kids to the kindergarten with a feeling of fear in her heart. The other day the nurse in the kindergarten told my wife that every time when the shootings start she turns on the music very loudly so that the children don’t hear the shootings. Thanks to Heifer we now have a cow and a calf.
We named our cause “Mooooved to Action” and our goal was to raise enough money by selling our homemade jewelry to purchase a milk cow for a family that needs help through Heifer International. Our kids could hardly wait to purchase the cow and worked for about three months on their goal.
I was amazed to see firsthand the holistic view of development that Heifer propagates. The projects are not limited to passing on a cow; rather, Heifer's 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development encompass every aspect of life, from diversifying incomes to empowering women and families to working together to end poverty.
Park International Baccalaureate Second Graders painted baskets in many sizes and sold them during the week before Easter to provide resources to help families in need, while learning about producers and consumers.
I received two goats from Heifer International and applied the knowledge I acquired during Improved Animal Management training while raising them. After receiving the animals I have passed on two goats. My small effort has helped my family have a better life. I hope other women will be able to achieve bigger success by working harder.
I was very excited to receive Heifer's request for their matching gifts campaign for their South American projects. My Husband and I were married April 2012 and had a Dollar Dance for Heifer International.
With the money I was granted by Heifer, I bought four she-rabbits and one male rabbit. I also bought feed for them.
Empowering women is at the core of Heifer International’s model for sustainable development. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, this week we are sharing stories of the women with whom Heifer works, who take the gifts of livestock and education to produce extraordinary results for themselves, their families and their communities.
The community of Sandura is in Zimbabwe’s Gokwe North district in the Midlands province.
The second Irish airlift committed for Heifer Romania’s Milk for Orphans Project landed successfully at the Timisoara airport on January 17th.
At a Passing on the Gift ceremony in Peru, members of the community performed this traditional dance.
Heifer has relocated me from the headquarters in Little Rock, where I’m from, to their office in Lima, Peru, for one year as part of a pilot development program.
...livestock are at the very core of much of how Heifer works with families...
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.
Dr. Panda and Mr. Prusty watch as Heifer India project participants participate in a Passing on the Gift ceremony.
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.
Two members of the Muendi Womens Group in Zhaojue participate in a Passing on the Gift ceremony.
Chinari is considered to be a very early human settlement, but the village is only officially registered to be 113 years old. The 12th century Khoranashat Monastery lies in the upper outskirts of the village, the most sniper-prone zone in the area.