Two years ago, Heifer International’s partner, IDEAS, was promoting a livelihoods project in a community in Peru. The project, Building Sustainable Livelihoods in Piura's Dry Forest Community, was an opportunity 42-year old Maria Esmelda decided she couldn’t pass up, so she signed up.
Esmelda recounts her experience as a participant, “The first workshop I attended was about sheep. I learned about the diseases of sheep and how to care for them. After participating in the project for several months, I received five sheep. It was a beautiful experience receiving the sheep and taking care of them. I was very happy because I knew that eventually, after a lot of hard work, I would be able to share this gift that was given to me. I passed on six sheep and I kept my original five sheep. I sold the male offspring and kept the females to continue breeding them. Occasionally, I will sell a female sheep if we have a desperate need for money. For example, when the rice harvest was coming in and we didn’t have money to pay our workers, we sold a female and paid the workers.”
Esmelda’s enthusiasm led her to more workshops. After attending a goat workshop, she received five goats. She also participated in an organic fertilizer workshop and now grows beets, carrots and cabbage in her vegetable garden. She learned the health benefits of the vegetables at a nutrition workshop and now makes sure her family has plenty of vegetables to eat. “At home, our nutrition has improved,” she said. “My children have a better diet and I am confident that we will have vegetables to eat. Since I grow the vegetables, I know that they are organic and do not have any contaminants that will harm my children.”
Esmelda’s family supports her involvement in the project. Her children even helped her create an irrigation system for the garden. Esmelda and her husband always talk about new varieties of vegetables that can be grown on their land. She is excited about all of the skills she has received through the workshops and training. She looks to the future where she will continue to gain knowledge and have the chance to pass it on to others who are in need.
- Jessica Ford
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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!
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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 email@example.com 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.
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