When I was 9, we moved to the country. Starting over with friends, and adjusting to a life on a ranch was a lot to take in. At the grocery store (20 miles away) one day, my mom and I ran into an old friend of hers from her high school days. We discovered we lived just miles apart and she had a daughter in my grade.
The very next day, our moms introduced two girls who instantly became inseparable, best friends. After a hilarious incident with a pig (another story entirely), we became Sarah Sow and Polly Pig. We baked pig cakes, gave each other pig earrings, pig socks, pig cards... everything pigs. We even painted large pigs on our backpacks for a canoe trip; they were easy to spot!
It's been over 37 years from our first summer together. We've gone to college (roommates) and have moved apart, married, had kids (her daughter and my son are 6 weeks apart, yes we planned that), and we've lost people we love, including our dear moms who brought us together. We're never more than a phone call away.
Our children keep in touch and they love it when we all get together. They get to see their moms behave like children, laugh til we cry (or worse) and hear stories we probably shouldn't be telling.
I've donated a pig to Heifer this year in honor of our moms who put up with the constant laughter, the perpetual presence of that extra kid and to whom we owe our friendship. I hope that this gift will help a mom somewhere raise a healthy and happy daughter who has a best friend like mine.
For my Polly Pig!
Love Sarah Sow
The end of hunger isn’t a fairy tale
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The West Bath School, 150 students Grades K-5, began their 6th annual Read to Feed campaign led by former teacher and now librarian, Mrs. Elena Desjardins (Mrs. D). Three weeks into the campaign, Ethan Reno, a 4th grader, approached Mrs. D saying, “I want to help you inspire more students to join Read to Feed this year because I want to help save more children.”
The Half Hollow Hills High School West Environmental Club is proud to announce that they were able to raise $3,010 to be donated to Heifer International, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values based holistic community development.
Our students study ethics with issues of Global Poverty and Hunger through discourse on the Millennium Development Goals. It is a Keystone course for Webster's Global Citizenship program.
My son, Oliver, who is seven years old, was inspired by a friend who was selling home-made cookies in order to donate a flock of chicks to Heifer International. He loved the idea of helping needy families by donating an animal that could provide food as well as a way for the family to make money.
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 animal's across the globe. "It they can do it, so can we," said one of the students.
By continuously passing on the gift of Education, we continue with the circle of sharing the knowledge and training of Heifer International with the old volunteers and the new volunteers, with the staff and projects, with the participants and new participants. There are enough ways to pass on the gift of education to ensure a world where everyone should have enough.
Students were shocked to learn that 1 in 8 people will go to bed hungry each night. Then they learned about Heifer International-an organization that “provides livestock for struggling families who have few resources and need an ongoing source of income,” and how those “gifts help families lift themselves to self-reliance.”
Our son is about to turn 12, and two months ago he said he wanted to talk to us about his birthday. We thought, "Here we go - what does he want this year?" Instead he shocked and amazed us by saying that he had everything he needed and he would like to donate the money we would have paid on a present for him to charity.
High school student and 4H member Madden Shanks was motivated by her community service class at Friday Harbor High School to organize a livestock auction to support Heifer International. Having raised livestock through 4H and San Juan County Youth Livestock, Madden knows how important animals can be to struggling families.
Can you think of a more appropriate day to kick off the Heifer Project than Mother’s Day? Heifer is all about mothers, mothers and their babies. Heifer mothers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from tiny, little fish to….well, big mothers with udders like me. Have you ever seen a finer specimen?
Napa Sonoma Heifer volunteers were honored to host a 70th anniversary celebration at Wombats' Farm in Napa, Calif., the sustainable farm of Carole and Keni Kent, May 3.
I am thankful for the way Heifer makes those first lessons in giving so accessible for children. I know that this program is helping my children just as much, possibly even more, than the families who receive animals. He knows those animals are helping people - and that HE can help too.
The Introduction to Ethics class at Ozarks Technical Community College, Table Rock Campus in Hollister, Missouri hosted a poster session that featured Heifer International.
The Saint Joseph Regional School Builders Club held a Heifer Fair Share Meal on April 16 to demonstrate the reality of hunger across the globe.
My daughter and friends worked together on making an decorating greeting cards for Easter/Passover/Spring.
Thanks for attending Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change NYC and celebrating 70 years of impact with us. We hope you'll continue to support our work by being a seed of change in your own community.
At Heifer's Beyond Hunger event in New Canaan, Conn. on April 12, staff, volunteers, and supporters gathered at the Carriage Barn Arts Center to celebrate Heifer's 70 years of building a sustainable future.
A group of thoughtful, committed vet students at Texas A&M University created, led, and volunteered to host a banquet where all the proceeds were donated to Heifer International.
In January of 2014, my Builders Club students decided that they wanted to do a new service project. Several students had heard of Heifer International before; one even had a donation made on her behalf for a gift. After a bit of research, the club decided that this was a project worth carrying out.
Late in October 2013, the Sunday School decided to raise money to buy a water buffalo for Heifer as a Christmas present. Barb Oakes, a Heifer volunteer in the area, attended their services in December and offered a challenge: if they raised enough money for two water buffaloes, she would match them.
If you asked Zoe Prekop about herself, she would say she is a junior from Chicago that loves traveling, exploring new places and even cliff jumping! But in addition to being a fun-loving teen open to new ideas and experiences, Zoe has been a huge advocate for ending hunger and poverty and organizing support for Heifer International.
There are a lot of ways to learn about math and geography using textbooks and maps, but the students at Forest Heights Middle School wanted to do something a little different. Christine Mignot, a teacher at the school, wanted the students to not just learn about pie charts and graphs, but life outside Little Rock, Ark. And what better place in our great state to learn about life outside of it than Heifer International.
For our stewardship project his year, we saved our change and gave it to the Heifer Project. The Heifer Project helps needy people around the world by giving them animals.
Miss Julia's classes saved their nickels, dimes and quarters, and each class donated a flock of chicks to a family in need in another part of the world.
Mike Agranoff and Dan Pelletier will be live in concert at an event benefitting Heifer International.