CORNERSTONE: TRAINING AND EDUCATION
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Training and education are key to ensure that animals are well cared for, and that participants get the most out of their projects. Participants learn nuts-and-bolts skills such as how to build sturdy pens and grow fodder, but they also receive training in all 12 Cornerstones. Cornerstone training helps participants tap into their own wisdom and strengths, both as individuals and as communities.
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See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
For the fourth consecutive year, students in the TASIS Elementary School have teamed with Heifer International to donate livestock to struggling families all over the the world. Students have once again participated in the nonprofit organization’s incentive program Read to Feed, which calls upon them to find sponsors for any time they spend reading. This year’s classes combined to raise CHF 6350, a new TASIS record... Please click the link below to read more!
Every year, the seventh-grade students at Ashley Hall, a private all-girls school in Charleston, South Carolina, participate in a Model United Nations conference. Teams of students are assigned countries which they research and represent at the conference. The teams are also asked to present a position paper on a current topic of interest to their country which corresponds with the United Nations Millennium Goals... Please click the title of the story to read more!!
Members of BRAVE from Sedgwick Middle School, Smith STEM School, and Conard High School with founder Meaghan Davis. BRAVE recently raised more than $6,600 to send 24 girls in other countries to school. Please click the title of the story to read more!
My Grandma introduced me to Heifer International when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was near Christmas and she got a magazine, thought it was junk mail and was looking through it. She started reading about Heifer. Then I came over and she asked me, "Do you want to give a trio of rabbits to a family somewhere in the world?" I said, "Sure" and she told me all about Heifer. Now I am 10 years old and I have been giving to Heifer for a long time. I just love Heifer and it is an organization that helps poor people. I wanted my 4th grade class to know about Heifer and how they can help families. I talked with a teacher at my school and asked for help. We worked on a presentation to share with the 4th graders teaching them about Heifer. Then I made a flyer to go home with all the 4th graders. Then they had 2 weeks to donate money to Heifer. After the 2 weeks I counted all the money and we came out with $150.13. I want to buy an irrigation pump because I know water is very important. You can make food with it and you can drink it. I hope my donation impacts the world! Submitted by Elizabeth S.
Please accept this donation not just from me, but as a gift from North Park Elementary School. Let me explain how this came about. When I received the Heifer International (gift) catalog at my home, I decided to see if my principal would approve it as a class fundraiser. Needless to say, she did, so the class fundraiser grew into a school-wide fundraiser! All we asked for were donations of loose change and we call our fundraiser, "Change to Change the World." (Along with an introductory letter we wrote to help students, families and teachers learn more about your orgainzation and mission) some teachers also read Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier, which contains an afterward by Hillary Clinton that mentions Heifer International. In the end we collected $229.76 in loose change as well as $89 in bills. The students were so proud to see the level of generosity found within our school community! So, on behalf of the North Park Elementary community, please accept our donation and use it in any way that will support the communities in need most. Thank you for what you are doing!
Dear Heifer, I am a teacher in the small, rural school of West Greene District in PA. I also love travel, and do so frequently with my fiancee and have organized an International Club at my school. My fiancee and I have been to numerous countries (17 for me, 38 for him--he is a retired US Marine), and the students have raised money and in the last four years have traveled to England, France, Greece and Italy. They are currently fundraising for the next trip in 2017, a return to London and Paris, albeit with a new group. I do my best to open the world and its experiences to my students, many of whom have never traveled outside of their own state, let alone another country. I try to expose them to the sometimes vast differences between the life they know in the US and that of others in various countries. To that end, I encourage donations whenever possible. In the past, the West Greene International Club has donated twice to Cambodia, a country near to my heart after visiting there. Our last donation was a few months ago, and we received a lovely certificate from Heifer, which is proudly displayed in my classroom. With that certificate came a note concerning Heifer's latest project spotlight--Vietnam--which I immediately showed to my students. I have also visited that beautiful country and showed my photos to the students and told them about the people there. In the spirit of Christmas, my students brought in donations--single dollars, coins, pennies, etc. A fellow teacher donated as well. We proudly enclose our check for $50. Warm regards, Rebecca M.
Dear Heifer International, The fifth grade class at Des Arc Elementary recently read the book Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier, about a young girl in Uganda whose family was drastically improved because they were gifted a goat from Heifer International. The class decided instead of exchanging Christmas presents, they would like to try to collect enough money to purchase a goat and help those less fortunate. It is our hope that other classes as well as schools will follow suit and give to such a wonderful organization. With love, Des Arc Elementary 5th grade class
Dear Heifer, "Team 23," as our classroom community calls itself, is excited to enclose a donation of $890.00 to Heifer International! This money is a combination of a student run hot chocolate sales, extra chores done around the house, and spare change collected by the students as well as teacher and parent contributions. We are excited that this donation will be matched by the generous donor you mentioned on your website! The students spent time in groups looking through the Heifer gift catalog and discussing the merits of the different animals. They would like their donation to purchase a heifer, a goat, a llama and a pig. The students also took time to make some cards and write some notes about their experiences learning about and donating to Heifer International! Sincerely, Cindy Erhart
...I thought you would enjoy this--enclosed are letters from my students to you. Also, one teacher wrote what our K-8 students gave to the "Beatrice's Goat Service Project" (Bea Project) to the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas" song. You can sing it easily to the melody of that song. We called it the Beatrice's Goat Service Project, but the money was going to Heifer International for the animals, irrigation pump, tree seedlings and honeybees. Click the title of this story to read more!
An idea proposed by senior Khiabeth Burgos-Gomez to help out the community turned into a Google document filled with ideas. Junior Annette Shukaitis offered the idea of collecting money to donate to Heifer International to get a goat. Her idea was based on personal experience. “Two years ago my grandparents decided that, instead of buying all the grandchildren expensive Christmas presents, they would take half of each grandchild’s Christmas money and see how much money they had before donating it to Heifer International and give an animal to a village.” Shukaitis comments, “All of us grandkids thought it was a wonderful idea and on Christmas day we were happy to find out that a family would be receiving a baby goat with our Christmas money.” Click the title of this story to read more about Mr. Healey's class!
A timeframe of about a month is given to the communities to absorb, reflect, and incubate all the processes they have gone through thus far.
Abdoul and Fatou proudly display their certificates after completing the training in Heifer’s holistic community development approach, the 12 Cornerstones.
Heifer's Values Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD) focuses on total community transformation and is grounded in societal values or principles.
After we read the World Ark article “Refuse, Reuse” that explains how animal waste can be turned into usable biogas energy, I challenged the 25 students in my 6th grade class to see if they could raise $50 to provide a biogas stove for a family in need. We agreed that if we collected additional money they could choose an animal to include in their gift. During the three weeks between Thanksgiving students paged through “The Greatest Gift” catalogs I brought to school and the funds trickled in. We decided that instead of spending money on “Secret Santa” gifts, we would give each other handmade cards and donate toward our project. Several families joined in, and our custodian even added a few extra dollars. Excitement grew as we kept track of each new contribution. By the last day of class, we had raised $125 and the class voted to add a flock of chicks and a share of a Knitter’s Basket to the gift of a stove. They also asked if they could keep going and see if they could multiply the remaining $7 to give another gift during the Spring semester. This year’s science curriculum included research on the California Drought and the need for water conservation. We learned that in parts of the world women and girls must walk long distances to get water. We also studied solar energy, made solar ovens, and learned that using solar-powered ovens means that women and girls don’t have to walk long distances to get firewood. Because I’ve been supporting Heifer’s biogas projects for several years, I decided to also introduce the students to this form of alternate energy which improves the lives of women and girls in similar ways. We read the World Ark article to understand how biogas systems work and to learn some fun vocabulary words (fertilizer, slurry, manure, and dung!). But the article went further: it connected my students with the impact of these projects on lives of real people in another country. This touched their hearts. I’m really proud of my students, many of whom struggle academically and/or are still learning English. They are also proud of what they’ve accomplished and are pleased that their small gifts will help improve the lives of struggling families. Submitted by Janet Graff