Celebrating Passing on the Gift® at Concepción de María: In early October 2013, the small village of Concepción de María, nestled in the mountain crevices of Honduras, bustled with activity. More than 60 families were gathered at the corner of the local soccer field to celebrate another round of Passing on the Gift®. The crew gathered included leaders of the local community, Heifer partners and staff, and joyous family members ready to pass on gifts of calves and chickens. With the lime green mountains acting as the backdrop and silent witness, one-by-one, families took center stage and passed on the same kinds of gifts they had received two years before.
Local resident and Heifer farmer Bartolo Zepeda chatted about the young calf he was going to gift to María Isaura Hernández, a single mother who lives in his community. His message to her: “I have cared well for this calf and I hope you will do likewise. I am happy to be passing on my gift to a single mother.” To sweeten the deal, Bartolo added a pound of treated salt and grass seedlings to plant and grow fodder to feed the calf. He even offered María a small plot of land for growing the grass.
On that joyful day, 17 families received calves and 21 families brought home chickens. Some had walked from distant communities, and their excitement could be felt in the air. “We had never received something like this, not ever,” Bartolo said. “My family’s life has changed since we were passed our gift. My daughter will grow up well nourished. I milk the cow daily so she has fresh milk each day. My family’s budget improved as well, because my wife began making cuajada, or cottage cheese, and selling it. That brings in more money each month that we didn’t have before.”
While Bartolo passed María her gift of a calf, Olga Marina Alvarez passed a calf to Fredyvinda Castillo, Lucrecio Munguía passed a calf to Jacoba Zepeda, Norma Lopez passed a calf to Servín Sánchez, and on and on and on. These families are all part of the Project Planting Seeds of Hope project through Heifer Honduras. It was truly a happy occasion for both the recipients and those who were Passing on the Gift. As is tradition in the small towns of Honduras, a group of teenage boys and girls from the town’s high school danced to folk music. Dressed in colorful, native costumes, they were the highlight of the event.
Heifer has been working in Honduras for 35 years. Since 1978, it has empowered more than 6,000 rural families in poor, isolated communities to improve their livelihoods. Heifer projects in Honduras work to diversify agricultural production, promote the use of better farming practices, strengthen grassroots organizations and foster gender equity.
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Received on December 23, 2014, and in honor of the upcoming holiday season, we thought we would share these adorable and inspiring collages created by some of Heifer International's youngest supporters. If you would like to share your artwork and letters with Heifer International, we would encourage you to either email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to: Heifer International Attn: Donor Services 1 World Ave Little Rock, AR 72202 We look forward to the mail we'll be receiving from you during the 2014-15 holiday season!
Dear Heifer International, I'm happy to enclose a check for $200 raised by our first grade students through a cookie sale and family donations! Our students were very enthusiastic in the roles they played to help purchase animals for needy families.Their awareness of the needs of others was heightened and the realization that children can make a difference in our big world was made clear. Thank you for your assistance with our project! Sincerely, Mary Smith, First Grade Teacher
If we all work together, we can make cows fly!Kamil Madanat, Partnership & Business Development Manager, Heifer International
Saturday is the day! The Heifer Festival, taking place in Richwood, OH, is fun for all kids. Play games, win tickets and trade tickets won for prizes at the General Store! And don't forget to bring your teddy bears that need surgery. We can fix them. Kids not only love to play the games and win prizes at the Heifer Festival, they also love the animals. It's a day they won't forget! Bring the family for a day of fun. To learn more about the Heifer Festival, check out heiferfestival.org. For a list of the scheduled events, please visit the following link: http://heiferfestival.org/2015%20Program.html.
The work we do may be serious, but we always need to find the fun.Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International
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!
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!
If you want to make yourself happy, serve others. If you want to make others happy, serve others.Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International speaking at the 2015 YNPN National Conference & Leaders Institute
Heifer would like to thank Avery for participating in our first annual honor card contest!
I was one of the adults who visited Heifer Ranch in Arkansas from June 18-20 with the Ottawa Kansas First United Methodist Group. I wrote the following poem about our experience and I plan to read it on August 2nd when we give our presentation to the church. Someone suggested I send it to you! Click the title of this story to read more...
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...
Two teams of cyclists are traversing two different continents all for the same cause: ending hunger and poverty. Click the title of this story to read more...