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The global community of Heifer International welcomes you! Our sole purpose is to work directly within communities to end world hunger and poverty via sustainable and eco-friendly means.
Someone special has given a gift to Heifer in your honor. Please take a few minutes to find out more about how a single gift to Heifer can create positive change for a hard working family for many generations to come.

Why Heifer Works

All infrastructure is maintained by the recipients and local communities. Initial recipient families train, set up proper facilities, and share knowledge and resources with other families in their community.

Heifer's 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development

Passing On the Gift

We have all needed a helping hand in our life. Start a cycle of positive change by helping others as you have been helped. The giving spirit grows exponentially with each person it impacts.


We're all part of communities, from the family level to the global level, so we must be accountable for our actions. Take responsibility for your place in the world. Pledge to work hard and pass on what you learn and receive.

Sharing & Caring

We can solve the world’s problems if everyone commits to sharing resources and caring for others. Take the time and energy to actively show that you care through helping others.

Sustainability & Self-Reliance

Short-term fixes don't solve long-term problems. With the right training and education, we can build strong, healthy communities that can stand up to the challenges of hunger and poverty.

Improved Animal Management

Our farmers learn how to keep their animals safe, healthy and productive. Project participants learn animal health and husbandry, integration of livestock into the ecosystem and improvement of the environment.

Nutrition & Income

Heifer farmers and their families enjoy improved diets and finances. Farmers reap rewards from their gift animal through the consumption and/or sale of products such as milk, eggs, meat, cheese, honey and wool.

Genuine Need & Justice

In many cases, poverty is a result of discrimination. Seek to empower those who are deprived of rights and privileges because of their ethnicity, sex or social status. Be generous with your time and resources, and be mindful of respecting people from different backgrounds.

Improving the Environment

Environmental degradation is a problem to which we all contribute, so we all have a responsibility to help the Earth heal. Be mindful of your choices what you eat, how your travel and how you live affect people, animals and the world around you.

Full Participation

Everyone has something to contribute. Our actions create big change that affects everyone. Remember that the fight to end hunger and poverty calls us all to action.

Training & Education

We work with families as they learn a new way of living. Each of our farmers goes through extensive training in animal care and resource management, so that they can build a sustainable way of life.


Our common belief lies in the value of all life, a sense of connectedness to the Earth and a shared vision of the future. We are all connected by our actions and our efforts.

Gender & Family Focus

In Heifer's work, gender equity is central to success. Men and women must work side by side in equally respected roles and responsibilities for a family to create a better future.

The Power of One Gift

Families that received resources from Heifer—such as livestock, seeds or training—pass on these gifts to other families in need within their community.
Over the course of a few years, the effects of one gift are multiplied across multiple families bringing the community closer and strengthening their self-reliance.

Learn More

  • World Ark Blog

    Read the World Ark blog to learn more about Heifer projects from around the world.

  • Man in Field Planting Rice

    Learn more about Heifer's work to see the impact your gift makes.