Nilda Adriano and husband at their home, which was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan
On a day set aside for giving thanks, Heifer International is humbled and grateful for the faithful and dedicated donors who give so generously to the cause of ending hunger and poverty. This year, too, we say an even bigger thank you to those who have helped our farmers affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
It’s because of you that so many of our farmers in the Central Philippines are receiving assistance for their immediate needs of food, water and shelter. We are thankful that 100 percent of our families are safe, and even though they have much rebuilding ahead of them, they are strong, resilient and will rebuild their lives.
It is precisely this giving spirit that donor gifts impart to the recipients in the form of Passing on the Gift®. In the Philippines, many Heifer participants living in the southern areas have followed that example and have been packing up materials to send to those affected.
Project families in the unaffected areas have donated goods and used clothing. “May this little gift from us here in Bicol help our fellow Self-Help Group members in Leyte,” said Salud Bulawan, a Heifer farmer from San Vicentes, Camarines Norte.
The outpouring of charity between our project communities and from our donors here in the United States is a wonderful reminder to be thankful for all that we have.
Since 1944, Heifer International has worked to give families a hand up, not a handout, by providing life-changing gifts of livestock, seeds, trees and training. Heifer International shows families how to use their farm products to create small businesses. The most profound moment of transformation comes when families Pass on the Gift of their animal’s offspring to another family in need.
About Heifer International:
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org call 1-888-5HUNGER (888-548-6437).
Philippine project family (high-res photo)