Saturday, April 21, 2007

Ending Hunger, Caring for the Earth

Want to make a real difference? Help hungry families feed themselves.

Heifer International's Mission to End Hunger
Heifer works to end hunger and poverty, and care for the earth by providing appropriate livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide. They care for the earth's natural resources through training in livestock management, pasture improvement, soil conservation, forestation and recast. Their cornerstone of "passing on the gift," assures that each participant in the program becomes a donor and gives the animal's offspring to another family in need. This concept helps build community and enhances dignity and participation in each project. The families continually give to others ensuring self-sufficiency, one family at a time. They have field offices in major program areas around the world. They work at the grassroots level, sometimes with large networks of local nongovernmental and grassroots organizations. The field staff is equipped with a variety of skills that help project participants prepare for the challenges and problems they encounter by providing training prior to receiving any animal gift.

This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.

Visit their site to find out more: Heifer International

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