Sharing and Caring


Cooperation and friendship are key components of all Heifer projects. Recipients of animals and trainings are expected to share what they learn with their neighbors. It's not uncommon for Heifer project recipients to share their animals' bounty, too. Families who receive draft animals often help till neighbors' fields, and people with chickens often share eggs.


Most of us have lots to share. Making a donation is an easy thing to do. Volunteering your time to help a nonprofit organization is great, too. But there are smaller ways to share and care that are also meaningful. Taking a meal to an elderly neighbor, offering an afternoon of babysitting to a tired parent or even just picking up litter so the park is nicer for everyone else are excellent ways to show you care.


A Letter to Heifer International's CEO

Dear Mr. Ferrari, I got your letter and I am so happy that I helped. I want to do more and help others, but not keeping things to myself. I am sending $20 from someone I love for you to use where it is needed most. I am also sending a small toy for a boy and girl so that family can have food and something to play with. I am so happy you are serving people in need. Sincerely, Ciana


Gladys from Uganda


The chickens her grandmother received made it possible for her to care for Gladys and her 11 cousins who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.


Not a Cup but a Goat

When we asked Charlie what he would most want if he had very little and was hungry, he said milk. He'd been working hard to save enough to help a family by donating a goat. He did it! We are so proud of him... Maybe next we'll work on saving enough for a cow. Thank you Heifer International for being a means through which we can help our (distant) cousins.


Dimitri's Peace Project

Each child in Dimitri's kindergarten class at Dailey Elementary was asked to come up with a project that would help promote peace in the world or local community. For his peace project, Dimitri chose to purchase farm animals through Heifer International to be given to a family in need to help them have a healthy lifestyle.


Brownies and Cupcakes and Cake Pops, Oh My!

“We spent time on a bake sale to raise money for Heifer (International). We did it in fourth grade and saved the money. We acted now instead of never.” – Anne-Sophie


A Wedding Photographer Passes on the Gift

I began making monthly contributions to Heifer about a year ago. It was very important to me that I do something to help. My time is limited and with Heifer being in another area, financial contributions made the most sense. I wanted to be able to contribute more, so I decided to think of a way to fund raise. The answer was right under my nose. I'm a wedding photographer, so I decided that using my talent to raise money was the best use of my skills. I set up a day of family mini sessions for Christmas photos and I have an overwhelming response immediately. People were thrilled to be a part of something that would make a contribution to a great organization and also meet a need of theirs at the same time. I set the pricing for the mini session day lower than my usual rate to provide a good incentive for people to book and pledged to donate half of each session fee. We were able to raise $675 for Heifer! I plan to continue this every year!


What a Difference 26.2 Hours Can Make

(My event,) The Mahrathon, sort of began as a bit of a joke among internet DJs. I used to play pretty long sets, and someone was bragging about having played six hours. Someone else suggested I play a whole day, and I said I could only do something like that if it was for charity. A couple of days later, someone mentioned Heifer International in an unrelated conversation, and I started to think about it as a serious thing.


What Heifer Gifts Mean to Laila

Laila, a 10-year old Heifer International supporter, inspired one of her family members to donate. When they placed their donation, they sent Laila one of Heifer's kid-friendly honor cards. As shown, Laila followed Heifer's instructions perfectly, sending us the illustration of what Heifer means to her. We greatly appreciate the support you have given to Heifer, Laila! Your creativity is inspiring.

Communities of Change

Team Elliott Education & Alzheimer's Residents Continue Community Service Efforts

Serenades by Sonata Memory Care Assisted Living Residents, under the guidance of Team Elliott Education, a company which provides intellectual opportunities for seniors, have created a way for residents to continue their lifelong spirit of giving. Through extensive animal studies, integrated with creative design sessions, Serenades’ residents gained knowledge and appreciation for what animals can do for people living in poverty stricken areas. Serenades’ residents expressed their compassion for people throughout the world by selecting a variety of animals to support the efforts of Heifer International. With money raised through art sales along with a generous contribution by Team Elliott Education, Serenades residents purchased much needed livestock, which provides the gift of self-sufficiency, to those less fortunate than themselves.

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Fill the Barn

Kim, Chairperson of the Social Ministry Committee at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN, wrote Heifer International a beautiful letter about her congregation's most recent fundraising effort.


Honey for Heifer


My name is Rogan, I am 16-years old and I have been a beekeeper for nearly four years now. My sister, Sage, and I started beekeeping after being awarded a very generous youth scholarship from the Kansas Honey Producers Association...

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Change for Change: A Heifer Fundraiser

United States of America

The First Congregational Church of Marion, long time Heifer International supporters, created a unique fundraiser.


Forest Heights Middle School Paves a Way

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.


Heifer Families Impress Donors During Vietnam Vacation


On the final day of 2013, members of the Improving Livelihoods in the Poorest District of Soc Trang Province project’s self-help group #1 warmly welcomed the Gluckman family to Phu Tam commune, Chau Thanh district. The married couple and their two children were vacationing in Vietnam and wanted to visit a Heifer project. They have been donating to Heifer International for 20 years.


Teen Group in Sacramento Gives a Generous Gift

The Jewish Community Foundation of the West's Teen Philanthropy Class in Sacramento, California awarded their first grant to Heifer International in November 2013.


Church Comes Together to Make a Difference

A few months ago, Sara Rising of Kingwood First Presbyterian Church in Humble, TX had an idea to get the church members to work together in order to support Heifer International. When she had the thought, no one knew how big it would get!


A Year of Centuries

I love to ride my bicycle. In April 2012, I was involved in a serious crash in a bicycle race. It was a long recovery, but I am extremely thankful to be doing so well. To express my gratitude, I have a special project for 2013 called "A Year of Centuries". I am riding one century (100 miles in a single bicycle ride) each month. Each century highlights a charitable organization that is particularly meaningful to me. As a longtime supporter, I am so pleased to be riding on behalf of Heifer International for December.


The Gift of a Goat: A Poem to Honor Katherine Ahern Habing

What do you give someone who is 94 years old, has lived a very full life, downsized her home of 51 years and moved to a small, assisted-living apartment? And since that someone, as in my mother's case, is an individual who has spent much of her life giving to others, the gift of a goat from Heifer International would be perfectly appropriate! I am well known in my family for coming up with poems for special occasions, so of course it was expected that I would write one to accompany this gift.


The Reason Cows Are Awesome


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.


Sisters Team Up to Raise Funds for Read to Feed

Paula and Camila Rojas just moved to South Africa from Colombia. Although they’re still getting a feel for the South African environment and change in curriculum, the sisters embarked on their own campaign to raise awareness and funds for Heifer South Africa after they heard about Heifer through the Read to Feed program at their school.


Students at Saint Ann's Episcopal Church Raise Money for a Llama!

Our Christian Education students of Saint Ann's Episcopal Church of Sayville, NY hosted our first Outreach Mission Project. After several weeks of discussing Heifer International in Sunday school, the younger students choose its animal of choice, a Llama, as its goal purchase.


Counting On Chicks

In 2011, my friend Julie and I had a year full of grief, frustration, and unwelcome drama. It was one emotional disaster after another. At the end of that year, we decided to change our focus to helping others. We committed to raise $5000 to "build an ark" for Heifer International to provide livestock and training for struggling families worldwide.

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1945 Program Participant Shares his Story


Meet Stanislaw Debert; at the end of 1945, Mr. Debert was the recipient of one of the 150 heifers sent by the Heifer Project to Poland on the SS Santiago Iglesias. In early October, I had the good fortune to sit and talk with him, his wife, and a daughter in their home near Gdansk about what that heifer meant to them. At the end of World War II when Europe was seething with displaced persons, Mr. Debert arrived in the area of Gdansk. He fled from Kielce on the roof of a train car with only the clothes he was wearing...


Church Musician Decides to Gift Different

I recently played the music for a retreat Mass at a nearby Catholic parish. I received a very generous, and totally unexpected, gift card in the mail from the church secretary, Geralyn, to thank me for my music...


What do you Want on Your 100th Birthday?

Winnifred Senn of Walnut Creek, California celebrated her 100th birthday on October 10, 2013. In honor of this special milestone, an Elderly Wish Foundation was contacted to grant Winnifred (Winn) a special wish. When asked what she might want, Winn replied that she would like a cow to be given to another family through Heifer International...