CORNERSTONE: PASSING ON THE GIFT
HOW IT WORKS:
After their projects are established, families that received resources from Heifer—such as livestock, seeds or training—pass on these gifts to other families in need in their community. This allows them to help others as they have been helped, and to share the resources that they now have in abundance.
In what specific ways has someone helped you or your family in the last month? Perhaps someone pitched in with childcare during an emergency, brought over a meal or simply listened to a problem you were struggling with. Using the spirit of that gift, how can you pass it along to someone else in need? Whether reaching out to old friends or to a stranger, the idea is to help someone in the way you've been helped, a way that might not have occurred to you before.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
"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!
"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.
Napa Sonoma Heifer International Volunteers | Photo from Linda Dietiker-Yolo
"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"
Photos by Emily Joy Ashman | March 15, 2017
“I decided to sign up for Bearkat Service Break because I wanted to use my spring break to not only better myself but to help others,” Faith said. “When applying I wasn’t sure which trip I would be picked for, but I knew that each trip would provide me with the opportunity to serve others.” Mass Communications freshman Allison Faith shares why she wanted to participate in the Leadership Initiatives annual Bearkat Service Break... Please click the title to read the rest of the story!
I met Kendra with Heifer International at a literacy conference, and I was immediately intrigued with the idea of having my students read for a good cause. My fourth graders are passionate, and they felt empowered through the lessons, books, and videos from the Read to Feed program. During the weeks we participated in Read to Feed, my students were encouraging each other to read more. They were coming in early to read quietly. They were begging for reading time during the day. They left with extra books in case they ran out at home. I was no longer asking students to read; they were now in charge... Please click the title of the story to read more!
Meet an amazing group of Colchester kindergartners who set out to buy a goat as an act of kindness.
"There is an old saying my parents taught me and that is: give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. Heifer international uses that saying as a guideline. Where many charities give struggling people food, or money, or shelter, Heifer gives the means for a steady supply of all of those." ... Please click the link to read the rest of Miles' speech.
This February, sixty-one kindergarten and first graders at The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, are proud to have raised enough money to donate fifty flocks of chicks to Heifer International! As part of a study of Lunar New Year, the students created special clay rooster tiles in honor of 2017 - Year of the Rooster.
Submitted Anonymously | Florence, MA
Submitted by Alessandra R | Age 6 | San Francisco, CA
Members of the Duluth Chapter of AGCO’s Global Women’s Network (AGWN) recently visited the Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas March 10-12, 2017 and participated in the annual Lambing Weekend. During the spring lambing season, women from across the country visit Heifer Ranch to watch a lamb take its first steps and reflect on the new beginnings that Heifer International brings to millions of families worldwide. Participants attended sessions on sustainable agriculture and livestock practices while performing daily farm chores, such as caring for the farm animals and gardens. These activities help participants understand and appreciate the lives of those helped by Heifer... Please click the title to read the rest of the story!
"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."