CORNERSTONE: TRAINING AND EDUCATION
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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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Many years ago, when my daughter was in Girl Scouts, she needed a service project. She chose to raise money to purchase an animal for a needy family through Heifer International. Months after that, we received their magazine. I saw a brief article in that magazine mentioning Heifer Project's upcoming Educator Tour to Honduras. I applied and surprisingly, I was chosen as one of two teachers from Iowa to go. I had a wonderful learning experience over about ten days in Florida and Honduras. Since then, Heifer International has had a near and dear place in my heart. People who have very little have the opportunity to work, receive animal(s), and improve their lives. They may be able to send their children to school, their health improves, they are encouraged to pass on the gift to others. Our Girl Scouts continued to help Heifer, as have my church family. Heifer International is a worthwhile non-profit organization!
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!
Our sixth grade social studies students rock! We have been collecting money in hopes of purchasing one goat for $120.00 through Heifer International. We learned a goat will help a family become self-reliant and change its future. We further studied how access to clean water in developing and underdeveloped areas in the world affect middle school aged kids' health, education, and overall well-being. Our hope was that students would understand how much help is needed throughout our world. Our kiddos collected $ 958.00! With this amount we were able to purchase goats, flocks of ducks, geese, and chicks, a pig, and 1 clean water pump! With the May Match anonymous donor, we have made a difference. WOW!
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!