Sustainability and Self-Reliance

CORNERSTONE: SUSTAINABILITY AND SELF-RELIANCE

Sustainability and Self-Reliance

HOW IT WORKS:

Short-term fixes eat up resources and don't help families learn how to provide for themselves in the longterm. Heifer projects focus on caring for animals and the Earth so that they continue to produce. Participants get an initial boost from Heifer, but help comes in the form of tools and knowledge that will allow them to make their own way.

IN ACTION:

Be mindful of your weight on the planet. Could you tread more lightly? When you can, eat foods that are grown locally. Carpool or walk. Reuse and recycle. Be aware of the true price of what you buy. Was the person who made it fairly compensated? Was the air, water or soil polluted?

Projects
Volunteers

Seagoing Cowboys Fly to Bolivia!

Bolivia

In 1969 Ralph Barnes, from Chatham, IL, a farmer and coordinator for Heifer International, called Austin Hulcher to see if he would take a load of cattle/heifers, to Miami, FL. Since the 1,400-mile trip would be non-stop, Austin called his good friend, Bud King, to help drive the truck. This trip meant loading up the heifers into a double decker trailer. The 47 heifers were chosen from prize winners at county fairs and the Illinois State Fair. Each of the heifers weighed between 600-800 pounds and were among prize winning stock. The cowboys were told the heifers would help to upgrade the stock in Bolivia, South America, where the cattle were pretty scrawny... Click the title of this story to read more!

Donors

The Sheep 'n Kids Club of Washington County, NY

Dear Friends, The Sheep 'n Kids Club of Washington County, NY would like to donate to Heifer International $120.00 to sponsor a sheep for a family in need. The members raised the funds this past year at their sheep to shawl public demonstrations showing all the steps involved in turning raw wool into woven or felted fabric. Below is a picture of the club showing off their t-shirts earned for their presentation to County Extension leaders. Community service is a large part of the 4-H experience and as stated in the 4-H pledge, the world is part of our community. We are pleased to be able to assist Heifer International make the lives of a family better. Sincerely, Margaret Brand, leader

The Sahel

Mission Network News: Youth in the Sahel face paralyzing poverty

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.

The Sahel

Pastoralists in Sahel Losing Their Way

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.

Donors

Crafter's Closet Creates for Heifer

We own a business called Crafter's Closet. For about two years, we have been selling our knitted and crocheted goods to raise funds for clean water. Click the title of this story to read more!

I am a woman among women, and my family is well respected in the village
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Projects & Families
Donors

Cade's Kindness Company

Two years ago a 10-year old unknowingly found himself in the midst of a very serendipitous moment. While visiting his grandparents, he noticed a small catalog featuring a photo of healthy, happy-looking livestock. Being curious, Cade Borchard and his grandma sat down to read the catalog cover to cover. What he learned changed his life. The catalog was one of Heifer International’s infamous gift catalogs...

Donors

Duck Tape Holds the World Together

Olivia Demberg, a young Heifer International supporter, recently sent the following letter to Heifer CEO Pierre Ferrari detailing a project proposal that she pitched to ShurTech Brands CEO. Click on the story title to learn more about Olivia's unique and inspiring initiative...

Donors

How a Free Flower Stand Raised Funds for Heifer

When Heifer International received Nate's letter detailing his fundraising experience, we knew we had to share it with our community of donors. Click the title of this story to read more...

Projects

Judeth from Kenya

Kenya

Judeth is an orphan whose adopted family received chickens from Heifer donors and has since been able to invest in growing their farm.

Donors

What Heifer Gifts Mean to Kylie

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."

Events

A Small Town Thinks Big

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. Click the title of this story to read more...

Projects

The Reason Cows Are Awesome

Armenia

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.

Projects

Regine and Justine: Cameroon Women Turn Things Around

Cameroon

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.

Projects

Young Poultry Farmer has Big Dreams

Armenia

My name is Zhenya. I am from the Kirants community of Armenia. I am 14. I attend the Heifer youth club in our village. In 2012, I developed a business plan that was approved by Heifer Armenia, and I received a small youth grant to realize my business plan. Heifer gave me 40,000 Armenian drams (about $100) as a youth business start-up.

Projects

Valerik's Dream

Armenia

Valerik Khachatryan is a skillful tailor. He is famous in his village for his beautiful work. When he is not busy sewing or tailoring, he does small-scale farming. His family, which includes his wife Amalya, daughter Zhanna, 16, and son Vanik, 13, owns two calves, six hens, 10 chickens and a small pool with carp fish. Valerik dreams of growing their family farm.

Projects

Progress in Piura, Peru

Peru

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...

Projects
Projects

Cornerstones: The Quintessential Way of Life

What is the significance of Cornerstones? Why are these given so much prominence? Vineeta Sharma, administrative officer for Heifer India, gives her thoughtful take on Heifer's 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development.

Projects

Phan Phearum Finds Precious Gift in Raising Goats

Cambodia

My family and I are grateful to Heifer and Chetthor for their good deed. I never forget to thank them. I look after these precious gifts very well with my husband and my children.