Following the small concrete path, we were surprised to see a lively painted thatched house peacefully surrounded by green paddy field, pig pen, hen house and garden of flowers. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Lien, the houseowner, welcomed us with her warm smile. Aged 41, Lien is one of 20 self-help group members of the project “Improving the disadvantageous farm households’ capacity in Tra Vinh Province through VBHCD.” She is married to Mr. Nguyen Van Nhut, aged 39. They have one child named Nguyen Minh Du who is in grade 9. After marriage, the couple was given a 2,000 square meter paddy field from their parents. Working hard on rice farming and selling their labor in their spare time for several years, the couple afforded an additional 10,000 square meter paddy field by their savings.
Receiving one heifer and training from Heifer Vietnam, Lien was enlightened. She learned how to take care of her family in a better way and successfully applied modern production techniques. Raising a large swine heard, she built a concrete pig pen and set up a water system to bathe the pigs for more convenience. She also created a recordbook to keep track of every pig’s health. She learned how to make a nutrition cake and to store straw for the cow. Furthermore, she grows grass and green vegetables around the house for a stable food source for the animals for lower expenses and better animal nutrition; for low expense and animal food security. In addition, she finds that making an action plan plays a key role in the goal of ending poverty. Thanks to applying new techniques in animal production, her pigs are very healthy and make a good profit for her family despite the plague in her neighborhood.
Through the 12 Cornerstones training, her family learned many useful things such as improved nutrition of family meals, sharing and caring among members in the family, the importance of children’s education, and full participation in every group activity. With the activeness and enthusiasm in group activities, she was voted as the leader of her self-help group. By leading her family with the guide of the 12 Cornerstones, her family is full of warmth, caring and happiness. The family business has made good progress thanks to a well-organized production plan. The relationship between her family and neighbors is stronger by the spirit of caring and sharing which is demonstrated by a practical action of sharing some fish after every catch she has.
Since taking part in the project, there have been some good changes in her family. She spends the increasing income on family expenses like meals, daily consumption and her son’s education. She also invests in new crops and keeps savings for house repairs. The family atmosphere is cozy. The couple discusses and supports each other in farming, house chores and business, while the son helps his parents tend the cow and collect grass and vegetables for the pigs. Nhut supports and motivates Lien to join group activities. As a result, she has gained self-confidence and activeness to speak out in front of the crowd and raise her own ideas of every issue. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the donors for giving us both physical and spiritual strength in order for us to achieve a better life today. Heifer has helped improve our source of income and enabled us to make plans for our goals, to envision for our future, and more importantly, I am a person of self-confidence and hopefulness.” said Lien.
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While viewing a DVD on missions, our Sunday School class of 5- to 9-year olds wanted to find a way to help the world. Since they all love animals and since they knew this gift could continue to grow, they decided on Heifer International. In our small church, it became affectionately called the Feed the Pig project! Click the title of this story to read more!
Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is significant, and Heifer International wants to be a part of your celebration. Join us at the Mitzvah Project Fair in Tarrytown, NY, on Sunday, November 22 or check out www.heifer.org/faith for A Guide for Choosing Heifer International as Your Mitzvah Project.
For four generations, Courtney Tanner-Bellows' family has donated to Heifer International. Recently Courtney, her sister Tiffany, and Tiffany's daughters decided that they wanted to donate a water buffalo to carry on the tradition. It took them a couple of years to raise the money, but they were able to raise enough to give a water buffalo, an irrigation pump, a flock of ducks and geese, a flock of chicks and a share of a pig! What makes this story extra special is that the Tanner-Bellows family own Creamery Brook Bison Farm!!
First published on his personal blog, David, a young Heifer supporter, wrote about his experience at Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA for a school field trip. Click the title of this story to read his story!
Our students were so touched by the book Beatrice's Goat and the videos that they far exceeded our expectations! Even though our school is 98% free and reduced lunch, our students worked very hard to raise money to purchase three goats and three flocks of chickens rather than the one goat we had planned to purchase. Click the title of this story to read more!
World hunger is a huge problem! That's the first conclusion that the fourth and fifth grade students at Windy Ridge K-8, in a class called "Feeding the World," came to. The second conclusion was that it isn't an easy problem to solve either. Click the title of this story to read more!
June 19, 2015 Dear Friends at Heifer International, Enclosed is a donation of $240.00 for 2 pigs! For the fourteenth year we have asked our students and staff to read 200,000 minutes for our "Read to Feed" program. Upon reaching this goal, our PTA donated the funds for the pig purchase. Our students again surpassed this goal by reading 251,894 minutes. We are very proud of them. In the photo is the wall where we tracked our progress. Sincerely yours, Joan Mommsen & Gail Leslie Belle Aire School LRC
Dear Heifer International, Our class earned $120, enough to buy a goat for a family in need! We earned this money by being respectful listeners, good participators, cooperative classmates and by donating money we earned at home. We hope that our gift will bring "light" to the family who receives a goat and that they will bring their "light" to other families. Collin, Conner, Brandon, Adrian, Anthony, Charley, Elizabeth, Gianna, Matt, Jordan, Tammy, Alex, Madison and Judy Michalek (teacher)
Our club spent the whole year raising money for Heifer. We raised money through many activities, including: hosting a tailgate at a University of Missouri football game, collecting spare change at our school, organizing a Read-to-Feed partnership with a local elementary school. Click the title of this story to learn more!
Heifer receives thank you mail from our donors all the time. In this particular instance, we wanted to thank the students that attend University Presbyterian Church for their very generous donation!
Join Ted & Company at one of the 3 performances of 12 Baskets and a Goat!
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!
Deep River UCC of Deep River, CT raise $5,000 over 18-months! Congratulations Deep River UCC Sunday School! Click the title of this story to read more.
We are a Sunday School class of elementary kids at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, MO. We recently (finally!) saved $60 for rabbits. Enclosed is a photo of us and another of Carter demonstrating how we deposit our coins. Our bank has a lid that adds the total amount in the bank. We love to see those dollars and cents add up, so it inspires us to bring money as depositing it is fun. We also feel good about helping the cause. We are now saving for a flock of chicks. That should be easier--a third of $60! Sincerely, Janet Trotter, teacher
A very creative donor sent her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a ballot of possible animal donations for them to vote on. Click on the title of this story to read more!
Dear Heifer International, We are a small school of approximately 220 students in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We have been learning about the work you do for people who need assistance all over the world. We have been inspired by your work and we wanted to raise money to help in your worthy cause. We read books, created artwork and had an art auction on art night. We know it's not thousands of dollars, but we are proud of what we collected. We know you will put it to good use! Thank you for everything that you do! Love, Mrs. Myers and the students of Sylvan Heights Science Charter School
Dear Heifer International, We really enjoyed using "Animal Crackers" last year to learn about animals and how they help people. We learned that all God has created and was created for a reason and we should do our part to take care of it and help take care of others, too! We raised $783.00 at our Christ's Kids Carnival for Heifer International. We made a poster at the carnival but it was too big to send, so we are sending you a picture of it. Thank you for all you do to teach and provide for others around the world. Peace & Love, Christ's Kids at 1st UMC Crane, TX
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 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!