At Heifer International, "sustainability" is much more than a buzzword. It's at the core of everything we do. If your donation isn't going to make a lasting difference, what's the point of giving? As I mentioned in my blog post Thursday, Heifer's work can be viewed through three lenses of sustainability. This post is the second in a three-part series to examine what genuine sustainability looks like at Heifer International. Read Part 1 here.
Sustainability: The capacity to endure
Heifer's work is made possible through the contributions of individuals, families, congregations, civic groups, schools, private foundations, corporate partners, government entities and others. What a shame it would be if these generous gifts, once given, became obsolete. The beauty of our model, however, is that the original recipients of a project's livestock, agricultural resources and training are committed to Passing on the Gift in equal quantity and quality.
Watch Alton Brown explain how gifts to Heifer International exemplify sustainability through Passing on the Gift:
This process happens a minimum of one time per project. Would you believe that the average project's gifts are passed on for five or six (livestock) generations? In Nepal, some projects have Passed on the Gift 13 times. These extra pass-ons aren't at the requirement of our project staff; they happen because families and communities are so transformed by these gifts, they want to keep paying it forward. Now that's making a donation last.
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