CORNERSTONE: SHARING AND CARING
HOW IT WORKS:
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.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
The First Congregational Church of Marion, long time Heifer International supporters, created a unique fundraiser.
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.
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.
The Jewish Community Foundation of the West's Teen Philanthropy Class in Sacramento, California awarded their first grant to Heifer International in November 2013.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
Nikhil Chetty, a grade two learner at Crawford Preparatory School in La Lucia, South Africa has always participated actively in the Read to Feed Program. His passion for the program and determination to help end hunger and poverty is an incredible affirmation of Heifer’s belief that young people have the power to change the world.
Picture seven tall kitchen waste baskets full of used, empty bottles and cans. It looks like a pile of junk! That is, unless your name is Shea Berry. With many of the bottles and cans carrying coding for refundable recycling, Shea recognized their true value.
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.
In 2011 I received paper work in the mail explaining the Heifer Mission. This was a mission I believe in. I was so impressed that I decided to make a $10.00 monthly donation to Heifer...
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.
Kids from twelve families kicked-off the summer asking friends, neighbors and relatives to sponsor them for the books they would read this summer. After 60 days, the kids read over 500 books and raised $2732 for Heifer International.
Heifer India participant, Jaituna Ameen Khan, recites 12 Cornerstones of Heifer International
I love giving and the Heifer organization is one wonderful way to continue giving in a very effective way.
This episode was a life-changer. It totally shifted my paradigm to what Sharing and Caring is all about. Where before I lived without caring whether I made a difference in other people’s lives, that day I vowed with great resolve to share whatever I can with the needy. I will sincerely give, and more.
Mrs. Pincus' Third Grade students at H.B. Brunner Elementary School raised almost $900...and they did it all on their own initiative! After reading the book Give A Goat by Jan Schrock, the students learned about Heifer International and found out they could donate money to buy a goat for people in Uganda who need food. In the end, the students raised an incredible $892.94.