Training and Education


Training and Education


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.


You can't solve a problem if you don't know about it, so stay informed of what's happening around you, both locally and globally. Encourage children's curiosity. Support making decent education available worldwide.


River Crest Elementary's Read to Feed Benefits Honduras


Enclosed is over $6,000 that my school, River Crest Elementary, in Hudson, WI, raised for Heifer Project through the Read to Feed Program. This is the second time we have done Read to Feed, having raised $9,000 in our first effort two years ago. This year, we completed a month-long program of reading, educating ourselves about Heifer Project, and learning about the global issue of poverty and the inequitable distribution of world resources. Our 480 students raised this total. Click the title of this story to read more!


The Global Gateway Experience

I am in 5th grade and go to school at New Hope Christian Academy. We participated in the Global Gateway Experience. I thought it was incredible! When we arrived, we played a few games, but lunch was very important. Not everyone got enough food, but I did. Click the title of this story to read more!


Two Flocks of Chicks from a Special Day Class

Dear Heifer International, I am writing on behalf of my Special Day Class at O'Hara Park Middle School. The students are in grades 6 - 8 and have intellectual disabilities ranging from Downs Syndrome to autism. The students have collected recycling at lunch time and would like to use some of the proceeds from recycling to donate two flocks of chickens. The students are very excited to be involved in a project that benefits families in other places in the world. Not only does this serve as an opportunity for these students to learn about recycling, it allows them to participate in something that is larger than themselves. Sincerely, Susan MacPhail-Stephenson


Project Based Learning Benefits Heifer International

Our PBL, "Sustaining Life" occurred in our learning space. We learned about goods and services and how to create a business, design a product, work as a team, and advertise our product to raise money for your organization's sustainable farming programs. We created a business of producing grow your own plant kits, containing a uniquely decorated pot, vegetable seeds, a soil pellet, instructions for growing a plant, and writing to describe the purpose of our project. These plant kits were created to represent how your organization equips people with the necessary tools and training to provide for their families. In each of our businesses we had our own individual role of designer, advertiser, manager, financer and salesman or saleswoman.


The Learning Garden School's Annual Fundraiser

It is our sincere pleasure to once again present to you our contribution to your organization. Every year at The Learning Garden School our preschool-aged children and their families participate in a fund raiser for a non-profit organization. In 2005 and again this year we have chosen your organization as the beneficiary. Click the title of this story to read more!


Beatrice's Goat Inspires Giving in North Carolina

That inspired us to do a coin collection to help a less fortunate family. Our goal was to raise $120 to buy a goat. Then we started writing letters to other people about how farm animals can help families have food and a way to make money. Click the title of this story to read more!


Sixth Grade Classroom Votes for Heifer

We are a sixth grade classroom at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, IL. In December, we received word from an anonymous donor that they are willing to donate $250 to a charity of our choosing in our name. The students were so excited about the possibility of giving to an organization that offers help to people in need. They were given the challenge to research different organizations and create a persuasive presentation of why that organization should get the donation. Click the title of this story to read more!

The work we do may be serious, but we always need to find the fun.
Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International
Projects & Families

The Penny Parade to Help Heifer International Continues

For the fifth year children attending Kids Summer Day Camp at the First Baptist Church in Girard have given their support to Heifer International by collecting their pennies. Click the title of this story to read more!


Animal Crackers Day Camp Learns about Heifer and Livestock

Cindy Wakeland, Director of Religious Education with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign in Illinois, recently notified Heifer International of an incredible day camp they hosted. Click the title of this story to read more!


World of Girls

During their second year as Brownies (3rd grade), my Girl Scout troop worked on a journey called "World of Girls." Click the title of this story to read more...


An Economics Class Gives to Heifer International

It’s not every day you hear of 4th graders learning the value of economics. But when Heifer International received a $480 donation along with a letter referencing “mini-society business sessions” taking place during 4th graders’ economic studies, we were intrigued. Click the title of this story to read more...

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

Clementine Montessori School Celebrates Earth Day with Heifer International


The students at Clementine Montessori School in Philadelphia, PA have been learning about the work of Heifer International all year. We've read books about worms and chickens, about Beatrice's goat, about good gardens and cows. We tasted honey when we studied how bees help people, drank goat's milk and ate goat cheese, cleaned alpaca fleece and learned big words, like "sustainability" and "faith." Click the title of this story to read more...


Maimonides Students Participate in Read to Feed

As an Orthodox Jewish school, we consider tzedekah or charity to be a mitzvah or good deed. Considering this, it is not surprising that the vast majority of my students care deeply about their involvement in the Read to Feed program and remain committed to Heifer's mission to end world hunger and poverty. Click the title of this story to read more...


Kiss the Cow

For the second straight year, our children at Brookhaven Elementary School have taken on the challenge of raising funds for Heifer International. We "upped the ante" by making the teacher from the top fundraising class "Kiss the Cow" at our annual Spring Carnival. Click the title of this story to read more...


Meredith Walker's favorite photo from the trip


"Watching [Cindy] in this moment was the link between putting a check into an envelope and seeing how every donation matters." -Meredith Walker


Golden Rule Sunday School

Our Golden Rule Sunday School has been supporting Heifer International for several years. Social action projects are a big part of our program, and we try to combine local and international projects, including volunteering at a nearby forest preserve, collecting books for children that have no books in their home, making lunches for a homeless shelter, and an ongoing change jar to collect for Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...


School-Wide Service Project

I am happy to announce that after two weeks of hard work, our students from Preschool through 8th grade have raised $1,417.31 to give to Heifer International. This fundraising was a school-wide service project and we are very proud of the students! Click the title of this story to read more...


Swap Meet Sends a Girl to School

I have 30 students from a Title I school where more than 75% of them receive free and reduced lunch. They participated in two swap meets, a bake sale, the Chores for Change fundraiser, collecting cans and bottles and asking for donations in order to collect enough funds to help send a girl to school. Click the title of this story to read more...