Editor's note: Salma Begum was born 30 years ago in the village of Baghua n Bangladesh. She was just 9-years old, in grade 4, when her parents decided that she would marry one of her cousins. Salma was adamantly opposed. She was taken out of school and eventually married her cousing in July of 2000.
I had nothing to say to my parents and to my husband. I was silent with shock with what I had wanted and what I actually got. Several times I tried to leave this house and wanted to be independent and continue my studying, but I could do none of that after my daughter was born. Many days I attended the group meeting (Belly Women's Group, part of a Heifer project) without informing my husband and relatives, and I also attended trainings without permission of my husband and mother-in-law. I had a strong desire to do something for my well-being.
I understood that I have to change myself first. I have to behave well with my family and have to do some development activities for my family. After receiving the Cornerstones training, I found something changed in my heart. I felt ashamed of my previous behavior with my husband and mother-in-law.
Now my cow shed is better than that house in which I lived. When my husband received Cornerstones and Gender and Justice training, he also understood me. Everybody, including my husband, now asks my opinion and suggestions for decisions−without my decision nothing happens.
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Bring the whole family to a fun-filled festival of food and farming this weekend, October 1st & 2nd, at Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA! Celebrate the harvest at home and around the world with their friendly animals and knowledgeable staff.
The Rozell Family stopped in for a tour of the Heifer International Village over the weekend. Please click on the title of this article to see photos and read about their experience at the Village!
As a principal there are several jobs that have to be done that are not found in any job description. Sacred Heart Principal Dr. Gary Manning can certainly attest to that after what he was asked to do for his students on Thursday afternoon. His assignment: to kiss a goat... Please click the title to read the story!
When Heifer International was founded in 1944, Dan West and his fellow brethren started sending heifers overseas for war relief efforts. Seagoing cowboys would volunteer to help transport the animals! Heifer Int'l has now started purchasing the livestock within the local country, which helps funnel money back into the local economy where the animals are purchased. According to this advertisement in 1946, the cost of purchasing a heifer and sending it overseas was $160. Now a Heifer can be purchased within the country for $500.
Allison Masthay (13), a Hartford County 4-H member from East Windsor, and Abby Rogers (14) of Enfield, wanted to find a way to use their 4-H interests to help others. They decided to make felted soaps to sell at the fair and donate the proceeds to Heifer International... Please click the title of the story to read more!
Lauren Berghman, Young Adult Librarian at the Dover Town Library, picks the first winner of the town’s summer reading program... A Read for a Cause program enables kids to convert their reading into a vote for either an animal or tree that will be donated through Heifer International. This year, the children may choose between a llama, duck, goat, honeybees or tree. Please click the title to read the full article!
Photo Submitted By Joyce Brewer | Atlanta, GA
Submitted by Students from Mount Carmel, UT
I had read the article written by Chelsea Clinton, titled 'Why Some Countries Are Poorer Than Others' in the summer edition of your Worldark magazine. I was especially touched by Chelsea’s mention of her grandmother’s gift of animals through Heifer International in her grandchildren’s name and of the story of Beatrice’s Goat. I obtained a copy of Beatrice’s Goat and fell in love with the story and wanted to promote its cause during our upcoming Vacation Bible School... Please click the title to read the rest of the story!
Submitted by Student | Pennsylvania
Submitted by Sarah B | Mount Carmel, UT
I wanted to share my daughters display that she put together for her 4h agricultural fair that she and her club (Doesy Doats Dairy goat club) participated in. The public loved the display and many people took advantage of the pamphlets and goodies that you generously sent her (Sarah L). Thanks again for letting my daughter and her club be part of your wonderful foundation!
1966 - A photo of a Korean mother and her two children who received the gift of livestock through Heifer's mission efforts.