Heifer International

An organization that I believe I have yet to speak about, but truly love, is Heifer International. When I was a little girl my parents used to take me to the Heifer Ranch all the time and I absolutely loved it every single time!

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities everywhere to end world hunger and poverty and in the process, care for the Earth.

It stands by the philosophy: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

After the projects have been established, families living in poverty receive resources from Heifer such as livestock, seeds or training. The families then pass of the gifts that they have received and the cycle continues!

Animals are the backbone of this organization because of the life-sustaining products they give such as milk, cheese, eggs and wool. For every animal given, the families agree to pass on the first offspring of that animal to another family in need.

The people within the communities become the cycle of positive change by passing on the offspring. In some communities, up to 22 generations of Heifer animals can be traced!

This site depicts a typical family home in Zambia. The round shape allows families to spend less on constructing, and grass for the roof is readily available in the nearby forests. By selling milk, families can send their children to school, pay for medicine to prevent malaria, and make other improvements on their land.

It was lambing week! These little lambs had just been born the night before.

Over 20.7 million families and 94.5 million men, women and children have been given these resources and are continuing the cycle. Heifer International has accomplished a lot, but they aren’t stopping until they’ve seen the end of world hunger and poverty for good.

One of the easiest ways that you can get involved is by donating an animal. It costs no more than $120 to donate a sheep to someone living in poverty or $500 to donate a heifer. There are several animals to choose from and it could mean the gift of life to many people.

All my love,

Haley Pontius


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