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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It’s always exciting for Heifer International when we learn about the creative ways our donors are raising funds for our mission. When we caught wind of the innovative fundraising IgnitionCo was pursuing, we had to learn more. Matt Blaisdell, one of a team of three alongside Seth Anthony and Julie Moretti, generously volunteered his time to answer a few questions about their pursuits.
My sons had given a flock of chicks to Heifer International on behalf of their grandmother because she would tell them stories about how she raised chicks on the farm she grew up on in NW Iowa. It brought a huge smile to her face to know that her stories impacted the boys and she was honored by the thoughtful gift. This Christmas the boys have again decided giving through Heifer is a good idea. This time they are giving on behalf of their grandpa. He helped them save a duckling that had fallen into our window well. They named it Oscar and fed it bugs until we could secure a home for it. Now they are donating a flock of ducks and are excited to share this gift with their Grandpa Bob. I appreciate how Heifer helps teach my children not only the value of animals, but how great giving to others feels. Thank you!
Sinath says, "I think Passing on the Gift® was the best activity in our life. I was so excited."
Every holiday season, Kylie (11) and her family sit down and think about how they can help others. This is Kylie's second year choosing to donate through Heifer, giving animals to families. She says the picture she drew "represents people helping other people," and that "one person helping is good, but two people helping is better... When people come together, they can give life to others."
Christmas came early this year at the University’s English Language Institute (ELI). Instead of the typical holiday gift exchange, the ELI instructors and staff decided to do something small to make a big difference for members of the international community. The team came together to raise funds for Heifer International. They raised enough to purchase one irrigation pump and one biogas stove for a needy village. The story didn’t end there, though. When Onnyx Bei, an ELI Instructor, mentioned the project to his class, the students were inspired and wanted to make their own contribution. The students studied and practiced the necessary language skills for the task, and went out to solicit funds for Heifer. In total, the students succeeded in securing $260, enough to purchase a goat, a sheep and a flock of 20 chicks for a village in need. The ELI’s spirit of giving will assist Heifer International in its mission to end world hunger and poverty by providing families with sustainable income.
Students in Bend, Oregon challenge each other to raise funds for Heifer International.
Sisters Annabel Rupel, Esther Rupel and Alice Rohrer once again joined the Heifer International Living Gift Market at Timbercrest Senior Living Community. For the past 20 years the sisters have been selling garden produce, canned goods and handicrafts with proceeds going to support Heifer International.
The Save the World Club began with one goal in mind: make an impact on our big world one small fundraiser at a time. This year we selected a goal of $500 for Heifer International. We chose the Auburn City Christmas parade as our location for a baked goods and craft sale. Each of our four members had made ornaments, paintings, bath salts, and lots of cookies. In only three hours of selling our products we surpassed our goal and made a grand total of $600! We were so excited to be able to make a difference in a third world country in a very real and tangible way. We also feel like our fundraiser helped raise local awareness of the basic and often unmet needs of daily life in rural communities of our international neighbors. Thank you Heifer International & our local Auburn neighbors for making this contribution possible!
The children at First Universalist Parish in Chester, VT are currently offering an alternative to traditional, wrapped gifts during this holiday season. They held a “Heifer Market” to support Heifer International on Sunday, November 23 and raised over $700! Shares of livestock were available as a gift to a loved one through Heifer International as well as an array of interesting foods to sample, music and special ornaments made by the children. For those participating in the Heifer Market, they were able to purchase a flock of chicks, ducks or geese. The children holding the fundraiser also accepted donations of “shares” of bees, rabbits, goats, sheep or water buffalo. A special ornament, made by the children in gratitude for their congregants' support of this remarkable program, were available to anyone participating in “Passing On The Gift." Cards were be available for every donation of $10 or more that were made so donors could let their recipients know about the gift that was given. This fundraiser will continue until Sunday, December 14th. From everyone at Heifer International, we want to thank the children of First Universalist Parish for the hard work and creative fundraising on behalf of Heifer's mission!
Red Bluff is a small town located in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. Our town is surrounded by nut orchards and prune orchards, and most folks grow a big garden and have a few fruit trees in their own yard – growing everything from lemons to pomegranates to persimmons. Most of us have enough to share, and at The Presbyterian Church of Red Bluff we wanted to share our surplus in a way that would benefit Heifer International.
Heifer International volunteers may be small in number but have accomplished large things. A recent example was participating in the Heirloom Seed Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California.
Groups like the 7th graders from Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts remind me of the importance to keep trying and keep teaching and being certain that ending hunger and poverty and caring for the earth is not a fantasy that Dan West had in 1939 and acted on in 1944. Heifer's mission is an ongoing reality that I am proud to be part of and extremely pleased to share with participants of all ages.
By continuously passing on the gift of Education, we continue with the circle of sharing the knowledge and training of Heifer International with the old volunteers and the new volunteers, with the staff and projects, with the participants and new participants. There are enough ways to pass on the gift of education to ensure a world where everyone should have enough.
There are a lot of ways to learn about math and geography using textbooks and maps, but the students at Forest Heights Middle School wanted to do something a little different. Christine Mignot, a teacher at the school, wanted the students to not just learn about pie charts and graphs, but life outside Little Rock, Ark. And what better place in our great state to learn about life outside of it than Heifer International.
Passing on the gift is far more than a handy catchphrase for Heifer International. It represents the success of a family moving from recipient to donor, hope for a family to gain a sustainable livelihood, and continuation of the circle to lift families from hunger and poverty.
Several years ago, we, and several members of our family, decided we didn't need any more gifts to ourselves since we had plenty already. We decided the best thing to do was to give to Heifer International, which is what we now do every year.
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.
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.
Two years ago, Heifer International’s partner, IDEAS, was promoting a livelihoods project in a community in Peru. The project, Building Sustainable Livelihoods in Piura's Dry Forest Community, was an opportunity that 42-year-old Maria Esmelda decided she couldn’t pass up, so she signed up. Esmelda recounts her experience as a participant...
Celebrating Passing on the Gift at Concepción de María In early October 2013, the small village of Concepción de María, nestled in the mountain crevices of Honduras, bustled with activity. More than 60 families were gathered at the corner of the local soccer field to celebrate another round of Passing on the Gift. The crew included leaders of the local community, Heifer partners and staff, and joyous family members ready to pass on gifts of calves and chickens. With the lime green mountains acting as the backdrop and silent witness, one-by-one, families took center stage and passed on the same kinds of gifts they had received two years before.
Site Bushal is telling a group of visitors how she has benefitted from a community transformation that resulted in a group spirit of Sharing and Caring.
What happens when a very local, grassroots organization (the Wylde Center- Oakhurst Community Garden in Decatur, Georgia) collaborates with an international nonprofit like Heifer International (you all know who Heifer is!)? Add goats, chickens, a full-petting zoo area, face painting and music from local bands, including a 'Kid Band' called Route 41 to other educational tables telling the story of Heifer and, Voila...
It is up to you. A goat can change the world, you know. Why is it that we think so big- the dream of winning the lottery, the wish to be a billionaire, the wish to turn all the bad to good- But we do not take the time to buy a goat? How is it that our thoughts are so absorbed in small daily tasks, and our own individual goals, that we don't take the time to read the one brochure in the mail that may not be junk? To understand that "Heiffer International" has a plan so small it is reachable by all, A plan so big that it can reach across continents and...
As our children grew, left home, and established homes of their own, my husband and I realized how very fortunate we were. We had everything we needed and much of what we wanted as did our children and their families. So, we decided to give animals through Heifer Project rather than to buy Christmas gifts for all in the family.