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Donors are the spark for transformational change. Without your support, we could not help millions of families all around the world. Together, we can make cows fly!
As a donor, you have the opportunity to not only give an animal, but be a part of something bigger; creating opportunities for people all over the world to become self-sufficient. In addition to animals, your donations can provide training, community cooperatives, clean water sources, soil erosion techniques, markets for small-scale farmers and much more. It's a life changing gift that provides a hand-up, not a hand-out. For over 60 years we have collected and shared your stories about how you have chosen to support Heifer, so please take a look, tell a friend and be proud of how you have helped others. Your thoughtfully chosen gifts have helped improve entire communities and the generations to come. If you don't see your story, please let us know how you support Heifer by clicking here to upload your pictures and stories.
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Last year our 2nd Graders voted to raise money for 1 cow ($500). We ended up raising enough money for one cow and MANY more animals ($1,349)! The money was doubled because we fundraised during a matching season. This year we hope to duplicate our efforts. The students of this year's 2nd Grade are excited to pass on the gift and loved reading Flora and the Runaway Rooster with Heifer International's very own Asmi Patel (who visits us each year to kick off and celebrate after our fundraising). They are empowered by last year's success and hope to have their own this year! Our school has children from all over the world - knowing that as we Read to Feed we are sending shockwaves of love and passing on the gift to an international community keeps the teachers wanting to do this year after year.
"What Heifer International means to me is putting animals into people's lives that really need them. Without Heifer so many people's food and land would be taken from them and without Heifer, hunger would still be a very big thing. Another thing that Heifer means to me is 'cow', Heifer means cow. To me cow represents all of the cows and other animals that have been given to people. Because of Heifer, stopping hunger has a very, very big chance. This is what Heifer international means to me." Submitted by Gertie A.
It's been a year since the unexpected death of beloved Leominster High School history teacher Michele Oshman, and her departure still resonates with faculty and students. "She had a really solid core group of people here who were friends and there's no way you can't feel her absence," said friend and fellow teacher Andrea Grimes. "There's definitely a light that's missing, but I also feel that people have tried to pitch in and fill whatever voids they can." For Grimes, pitching in means making sure that her friend stays remembered at one of her most favorite places by raising funds to have a play structure installed at Heifer Farm in Rutland. Please click the title of the story to read more!
As part of an economics unit, Altamahaw Ossipee Elementary's second grade students learned about donating money. Teachers read their classes the story of Beatrice and her goat to introduce Heifer International to the students, and students then prepared to open a lemonade stand to raise money. We asked parents to donate supplies, and we invited the entire school to visit the stand and purchase a glass of lemonade. It was a huge success! We raised $460.00!!! We used the money to gift a llama, honeybees, a flock of geese, a flock of chicks, a sheep, and a goat. We are so excited to know that we were able to help families around the world!
I just have to brag a little and share the story of my daughter, Rylie. She is an 8th grader at Clinton Middle School. Rylie had a school project of researching and reporting on something that she had a passion for. She researched several things on the internet and then found the Heifer International Send a Girl to School. She loved the idea of helping another girl across the world to go to school and have the opportunities that she has. Not only did Rylie report on this project - she raised money for this project. Rylie did a brief report of Heifer at our church one Sunday morning and asked for donations from the congregation and then she held a volleyball tournament at her school during their RTI (Free hour) and charged everyone $1 to participate. She had 20 teams involved including a teacher team. Through both of these events Rylie raised $353.00. She not only had enough to send a girl to school for $275.00 she also put the balance to the Women Self Help Group. I am so proud of her for going above and beyond to help with this amazing project.
"I am a clergywoman whose ministry has shifted from parish work to fiber art in the last five years. I recently sold one of my pieces. I try to match each piece with an appropriate charitable organization and you are the group I found to match this one. It is called 'Texture of Water' and is part of a texture series I did of the five elements. As a long-time supporter of Heifer International, I thought one of your safe water programs would be the ideal project to receive my donation. My hope is to keep the price of the piece low enough that is is affordable to a wide range of people, so that it can go to someone who needs it..." -Rev. Andrea La Sonde Anastos.
This year Celebration High School held a 5K to raise money to support the efforts of Heifer International. I am so happy to say that we had almost 500 students participate and we raised $6000. It was a great day and we look forward to doing it again! This picture is from a petting zoo we had at the end of the race because most of our students have never actually seen farm animals.
"My name is Lauren and I told my church about Heifer International. Before Christmas, my mom and I were going through our catalogs and I found this one. The next minute my mom asked who I was calling, I told her Heifer International. She had many questions, but she had to wait till I was done. A month later, I was speaking at church. I raised $2,055 to give to Heifer International..." Please click the title of the story to read Lauren's speech!
Students at Putnam Indian Field School hosted their annual Art Show, which showcased the beautiful artwork they created throughout the school year. The children adopted Heifer International as the charity to benefit from their work! Throughout the show, they posted their thoughts about what Heifer means to them to help their parents understand the importance of helping others. One student wrote, "Mommy and Daddy want to see our art, and we want to help the people who don't have things to have things and be happy." Please click the title of this story to access the full article!
I teach kindergarten at West Cypress Hills Elementary in Spicewood, TX! In my classroom I stress critical thinking, aiming to inspire students to be curious about the world. I tie in real life applications to my lessons, which increases student engagement and interest. When students have questions about a concept, maybe something we're reading about in the classroom or an issue they bring in from home, we take the time as a class to explore. In doing this it allows for exposure to research and collaboration. Recently, we read the book Beatrice's Goat and my students were very curious about Beatrice's life and Uganda. We did some impromptu research into Uganda and Heifer International and this resulted in the students wanting to make their own impact and with some brainstorming. We devised a plan to raise money for this organization... Please click the title of the article to read how the Welephants are reaching their goal!
Submitted by Camden M | Age 9 | Lexington Park, MD
Submitted by Chris | Age 11 | West Branch, MI
"On behalf of the board, staff, children and families, I am pleased to make this donation of $600 to assist with the purchase of goats. I am also very pleased to tell you the wonderful back story of how this donation came to be. Friendly House is a 121-year-old settlement house that offers programs and services to children, families and seniors. Our goal is to build on the strengths of our families, encourage them to do their best and be their best no matter what their age, and never doubt that you have a place in helping to create a better world...." Please click the title of the story to read more!
Justin Chang, now a Junior at Seoul International School (SIS), has participated in Heifer's Read to Feed program since he was in the 4th grade. To continue this annual tradition, this March, Justin gave a presentation to SIS Elementary students about Heifer's work in South Korea during the 1950's. His speech inspired students at SIS to get involved and help families in Nepal continue to recover from the horrific damage that came after the 2014 earthquake. Their goal was to raise 8,000,000 Korean Won this year, and they exceeded it! Please click the title of the article to read Justin's letter to Heifer International!
"Thank you Heifer for doing what you do. I think you are a great organization. You really care about the poor. I researched your organization and I like the gifts you give and the other stuff you do. I think you are a wonderful organization and should keep doing what you are doing." Your friend, Tyler P.
"Dear Heifer International, The St. Maximilian Kolbe School 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade raised money by doing chores around the house, donating birthday money, giving allowance money, finding money on the ground, and loosing teeth too. We have $214.24! We think you are a good organization because you help people in need. We took a vote and we would like to buy a llama because they give warm wool. We also want chickens and ducks because of the eggs they provide. People can eat or sell them. With the extra money, please buy bunnies. Thank you for your hard work. Sincerely, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders at St. Max"