CORNERSTONE: TRAINING AND EDUCATION
HOW IT WORKS:
Training and education are key to ensure that animals are well cared for, and that participants get the most out of their projects. Participants learn nuts-and-bolts skills such as how to build sturdy pens and grow fodder, but they also receive training in all 12 Cornerstones. Cornerstone training helps participants tap into their own wisdom and strengths, both as individuals and as communities.
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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.
This picture shows the baby jersey and mother jersey. It was taken about two weeks after the birth. | Sung Ji won Orphanage, 1963
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.
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!
"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!
Napa Sonoma Heifer International Volunteers | Photo from Linda Dietiker-Yolo
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!
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.
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!
As I get older, I have started to realize that it doesn't take great acts to change the world, it takes each day looking at each moment and wondering.... "What could I do right now that would make a difference in the world around me?" So, on my granddaughter's first birthday, I thought, hmm... she's over 1100 miles away from me, but I feel just a bit inspired to do something that will make a difference today. I received a notification that Heifer was partnering with the Little Rock Marathon and they were looking for people to sign up and commit to raising funds for Heifer. I don't run - no really - If you see me running, something is chasing me... for real. But I thought, well why not give it a try. People may donate money to Heifer, just to see my updates and laugh at the grandma who finally decided to MOOVE! ... Please click the title of the story to read more!
I signed up for Team Heifer to inspire me to take on a bigger challenge than any I had done before. I have a group of friends that I have trained with in the past, and they were encouraging me to try a full Ironman race, but I just didn’t have the motivation. I felt that if I was going to put in that much work, time, and money, I would need something even more powerful than just a finish line to keep me going on cold, rainy, or windy days. I challenged my friends to donate the equivalent of the cost of the race to Heifer as a way for me to know that this race would mean more – I wouldn’t have to feel guilty that I was spending so much on a race when other people are struggling just to survive AND I would know that people were counting on me finishing which creates accountability when I just want to sleep in... 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!