In the '80s I had the pleasure of managing a school farm in Wewak, Papua New Guinea. There, hundreds of undernourished boarding school students needed an alternative to the staple meal - imported tinned fish and rice. Resources were scarce and so the farm had to be self financing.
With the help of highly enthusiastic students and a proactive headteacher we grew vegetables, reared broilers, moskovi ducks and laying hens. This provided the vital nutrition required by the Brandi High School children. The remaining challenge was to generate a profit from sales to ensure the viability of the farm.
We identified a niche market for pork meat. To meet the demand we desperately needed to introduce new blood lines to our small pig herd. The only quality breeding stock available was in Garoka, a highlands town inaccessible by road from Wewak. There appeared to be little hope, the viability of the farm was in serious doubt.
Then I read about Heifer International and how they manage to fly various animals across the globe. "It they can do it, so can we," said one of the students. From the inspiration he received from Heifer International we managed to arrange a flight from Garoka to Wewak for Harry — a 95-kg virile six month old Landrace boar.
Harry saved the farm that has since been successfully managed by a local farm manager. Heifer International has since inspired others in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere to believe that pigs can fly.
Editor's note: Heifer International no longer transports livestock overseas, but uses locally raised animals native to the regions where our project partners are located.
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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...
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 villageGagnessiri Ndiaye, http://tinyurl.com/qhbuvnn
My name is Rebecca and I am from Lincoln Middle School in Meriden, CT. I am writing on behalf of my 7th grade team who worked at collecting money for your organization. My Social Studies teacher received your letter in the mail about donating to farms in East Africa and then gave us background on your organization because she uses your foundation herself. She then encouraged donations, even if it was just a penny. To read more, please click on the title of this story...
On 13 July 2015, Ladd, Illinois, a town of 1,300, celebrated its 125th anniversary. We had an outdoor mass and the collection of $845 was designated for Heifer International. We reflected that the early, immigrant settlers made it possible for us to have what we have today. We felt this was a small way we could share with others and give the gift that keeps on giving.
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...
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...
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...
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.African Proverb
One woman told us that owning cows has made her as strong as a man.Wendi Aarons
Throughout the 2014-15 school year, students at Saint Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, OH decided to raise funds for Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...
After cruising around for a bit and enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife, our captain docked the boat and told us all we could jump in and swim. Almost everyone from the group immediately sprinted to the side and cannonballed into the water like it was Caddy Day at Bushwood Country Club and they were allowed just 15 minutes to have fun before the Baby Ruth appeared. It was pretty great. I didn’t join them. Instead, I stood on the deck waving and smiling at everyone in the gorgeous water, and quickly decided it wasn’t something I could do.
Friends, I'm happy to report that found light in Malawi. There is light and colour everywhere. The women wear vibrant colours and patterns, and at every stop, our hosts greeted us with exuberant song and dance.
"Watching [Cindy] in this moment was the link between putting a check into an envelope and seeing how every donation matters." -Meredith Walker