CORNERSTONE: GENUINE NEED AND JUSTICE
HOW IT WORKS:
This Cornerstone helps guide Heifer's work so that we provide livestock and training to those with a genuine need. This means lacking adequate nutrition and money for medicine and education. In many cases, poverty is a result of discrimination and racism. Heifer seeks to facilitate justice by empowering those who are disenfranchised because of their ethnicity, sex or social status.
Genuine need exists everywhere, not just in developing countries. So does discrimination and bias. Be generous with your time and resources, and be mindful of respecting people from different backgrounds.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
Third graders at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hartford, CT host a prayer service to support a local food drive and Heifer International!
"I was stuck indoors for a week during Hurricane Harvey and not being able to run (first world problems!) and thinking about how developing nations are devastated by natural disasters..." Please click the title of the story to read what inspires Miss Osuan to make a difference around the world!
In Oct. 1950, Pratt & Julia Byrd traveled to Germany with the Heifer Project to transport heifers to families in need while celebrating their Honeymoon in Europe! Please click this photo to read the article written by Mrs. Byrd.
Hallie wants to make a difference in the lives of school-aged girls around the world! To celebrate her Bat Mitvah earlier this year, Hallie decided to Send Girls to School through the Heifer Project. Hallie shared on her Fundraise for Heifer page, "How will I raise all this money, you ask? By dancing, of course! I have been dancing for ten years, give or take a few. So, channeling my talent into giving, I will dance for four consecutive hours. But, obviously just dancing all day won’t raise any money. This is where YOU come into the project. If you sponsor me to dance for four hours, multiple girls in unfortunate circumstances could go to school." With the help of her generous family and friends, she more than doubled her goal of $1,100, with $2,929 as the total! With these gifts, more than 10 girls were given the gift of an education! We invite you to read more about Hallie's project by clicking on the title of this story!
4 Holstein Heifers donated to Mennonite Vocational School, South Korea by Heifer Project in 1962 | Left to Right: Paul Hochstetler, Ag. Advisor, Kim Byung Chuc, Farm Manager, & Kim Joh Oak, Herdsman
Our story begins in Seattle, WA when a class of our preschool students from Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio took a field trip to our local food bank to donate food we had collected from our homes. Through the collection process we explored the many things people need and why they are needed. While at the food bank the children were included in sorting and shelving the foods they had collected. To our surprise, part of the food bank tour included visiting their roof top. "How strange," we thought: "what could possibly be on their roof top? "As soon as we walked out onto that roof top a whole new idea sprouted: a sustainable food source! An amazing garden was growing on the roof, which was bringing food naturally to our community. The children were enamored with the gardens and the idea of growing food that comes back every year, a gift that keeps on giving. After searching online for books on sustainable resources and charities we came upon Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier... Please click the title to read the rest of the story!
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!
When given the room, given the training, given the space, [leaders] pop up.Pierre Ferrari, Heifer CEO
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.
Over two decades ago, a group of ladies met each other at a workshop and have been celebrating their friendship every year since. This past Christmas, Afton, Barbara, Cruz, Eleanor, and Gloria wanted to reach out with their support instead of gifting to each other. They researched the organization and decided together that they would give the gift of a goat. Afton wrote, "The goat that will be offered to a family comes with a lot of thought, best wishes, and support. This gift adds to our holiday season as we know it will add to many people's lives." Last year marked their 25th year of friendship! Thank you to Afton, Barbara, Cruz, Eleanor, and Gloria for your generous hearts and support!
This picture shows the baby jersey and mother jersey. It was taken about two weeks after the birth. | Sung Ji won Orphanage, 1963
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!
"Every two years in Charlotte, North Carolina, Providence Day School's Lower School students, Grades TK thru 5th Grades, come together to work on a Heifer Project. As a former faculty member and Southeastern Heifer Volunteer, I adapted the "Chores for Change" Project to age-appropriate activities for our Lower School students. A voluntary group of Fifth Graders take a leadership role by working with me to develop programs to present to their chosen grade level to kick off our Heifer Project and to plan an all-Lower School Closing Program at the end of the Project.... This year's project only lasted 3 1/2 weeks due to other scheduling conflicts, but I am proud to say our children rose to the meet the needs of others around the world by raising $10,300.00."
Hello, my name is Caroline and I'm 14 years old. I am very busy studying ballet, but I have alway loved art. Since I was a little kid, I've always spent my time creating, doodling, or painting everything I saw. Now, I continue my passion to draw through a new small business I've begun. I draw portraits of friends, family, really anyone's pets. It gives me such joy, it doesn't even feel like work! The clients are very generous and compensate me for my work. Now, I have my own hard earned money to buy more than new clothes, but to spend buying animals at Heifer. I love being able to do what I love while also supporting my favorite charity. Someday when I am older, I would love to travel around the world with Heifer. Heifer means so much to me, and I want to thank them for continuing to do such important work!
Students at Florence Mattison Elementary School raised $650 for Heifer International during the school’s Caps for Coins project this month. Principal Stacy DeFoor said the student council spearheaded the one-day fundraising event that allowed students who brought in loose change to wear hats. Please click the title of the story to read more!
The 7th graders at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury, MA have found a great way to integrate learning about Heifer’s work into their studies. After visiting Heifer Farm Learning Center and learning how Heifer helps families to rise above hunger and poverty, Ella and Hannah and their classmates completed cross-subject learning projects in Social Studies, Science, Math and English Language Arts to deepen their understanding of poverty and to hone their academic skills. Please click the title of this story to read more!
Howdy everyone! My name is Ellie Stokes, and I am a student artist of 14 years, living in San Francisco. I am growing up in an incredibly privileged city and community, and I want to assist communities unlike my own to the best of my efforts through art. This Winter, I want to do my part in honor of this giving season-- not only by donating myself to Heifer, but by getting others to donate. I have recently discovered the website, Redbubble-- a platform for individual artists to sell and display their pieces on merchandise-- and decided to put my many designs' proceeds to good use... Please click the title of the story to read more!
The President of the Las Vegas GFWC Chapter, Cherie Lee Williams, helped to end hunger and poverty last weekend by joining up with Team Heifer for the Rock'n'Roll 5k in Las Vegas! The club president raised $820 in donations, which will go directly to helping families overcome poverty all over the world! Please click the title of the story to read more.
Commercial-standard PSA for Heifer International that'll get you in the gift-giving spirit with a catchy, light-hearted holiday jingle.
"Why Heifer? I'm a farmer's daughter and I know that Heifer's mission to provide communities around the world with gifts of livestock, etc. and passing on the gift to another family in need, is working." Educator and Heifer Community Volunteer, Deb Hay, shares with us her passion for supporting Heifer's Mission. Please click the title of this story to read more!