Saturday, February 26, 2011

Heifer International

Heifer International's History

Dan West, Founder

A Four-Footed Attack Against Hunger

A Midwestern farmer named Dan West was ladling out rations of milk to hungry children during the Spanish Civil War when it hit him.

"These children don't need a cup, they need a cow."

West, who was serving as a Church of the Brethren relief worker, was forced to decide who would receive the limited rations and who wouldn't – literally, who would live and who would die. This kind of aid, he knew, would never be enough.

So West returned home to form Heifers for Relief, dedicated to ending hunger permanently by providing families with livestock and training so that they "could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children."

Dan West's idea has now changed the lives over 62 million people

In 1944, the first shipment of 17 heifers left York, Pennsylvania, for Puerto Rico, going to families whose malnourished children had never even tasted milk. Learn about the cowboys who brought cows and kids together.

Why heifers? These are young cows that haven't yet given birth – making them perfect not only for supplying a continued source of milk, but also for supplying a continued source of support. That's because each family receiving a heifer agrees to "pass on the gift" and donate the female offspring to another family, so that the gift of food is never-ending.

This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for more than 65 years.

Since 1944, the total number of families assisted directly and indirectly is 13.6 million—more than 70.5 million men, women and children. In 2009, a total of 1.63 million families were assisted within the four program areas in which Heifer operates.
Africa, 442,942
Americas, 473,319
Asia/South Pacific, 432,976
Central and Eastern Europe, 282,623

Bringing an End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings

Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.

Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.

Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.

And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.

How is this possible?

With Heifer’s proven approach – more than 65 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.

Cornerstones guide our efforts to end world hunger and care for the earth.

Long-Term Solutions emphasizing community involvement distinguish our work from that of global relief organizations.

“Passing on the Gift” means recipients agree to share the offspring of gift animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer in the fight to end world hunger.

Environment and Sustainable Development is taught to our project recipients to help them achieve sustainable agricultural production.

Animal Well-Being guidelines are strictly reinforced with professional veterinary training staff.

Disaster Rehabilitation, with long-term, sustainable development the goal of Heifer's rehabilitation projects.

How We Measure Success shows how people's lives have permanently changed since Heifer came along.

Here is a list of other countries that have joined with Heifer International...

Heifer is grateful to these international groups, who partner with us in our mission to alleviate hunger and offer a means of self-reliance to the world’s poor.

An Irish charity founded in 1991, Bothar provides cows, goats and financial support to Heifer's projects in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Send a CowA British charity founded in 1988, Send a Cow helps fund Heifer's projects in Africa.

Heifer Netherlands

Founded in 1998 to support Heifer's programs in Eastern Europe and Africa, Heifer Netherlands raises money from European foundations, companies and individuals.

Heifer Hong Kong

Formed in 2000, this group is raising funds in Asia for Heifer's projects in China.

Heifer Nepal

After working with Heifer International for 40 years, Heifer Nepal registered as a country office in 1997 to begin its full-fledged operation. Heifer Nepal works among 32 districts across the country with 59 project partners to date.

Heifer South Africa

Heifer International South Africa assists families in need by providing agricultural inputs, such as livestock, crops and training, thereby increasing their access to food and income while creating sustainable communities.

Please see the website for more information.

Lots of love,


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