With four major grocery stores less than five miles from our home, we have such easy access to affordable food that it’s hard to fathom how vastly different it is in other parts of the world. At a 70th Anniversary Heifer International celebration at the Carter Center, I just learned how the organization is fighting hunger and supporting farmers around the world.
70th Anniversary Heifer International
At the Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change Atlanta event, we met volunteers and staff, as well as toured the exhibits. A.J. got to see alpaca wool and farm tools used to make butter. My bookworm was drawn to all of the signs and displays showing how Heifer uses funds to bring the necessary farm animals and community training across the world. “Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For 70 years, training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.”
Vice-President of African Programs, Elizabeth Elango Bintliff, lives in Arkansas where Heifer is based. But she travels to various countries in Africa about five times a year. The Cameroon native told me she’s looking forward to the “State of the African Farmer” report’s release later this year. Did you know that most of the farmers in Africa are women?
Heifer International Fundraising
Stay tuned, I’ll feature some Heifer products from its gift catalog in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide under “Gifts that Give Back.” You can also support Heifer with a one-time donation, monthly donations and by organizing fundraisers. As parents, I highly suggest you consider the schools page on the Heifer International site. “The Read to Feed program encourages reading, while heightening students’ awareness that their actions make a difference in the lives of others. As students read more books, they improve their reading abilities and more families receive gifts of livestock and training.” Do all your fundraising online.
You can also download free lessons kits for your child’s class to learn about fighting poverty.
Visit one of the four Heifer International communities in the U.S. where you can tour farms and interactive museums in Little Rock, Arkansas; Perryville, AR; and Rutland, MA.
Connect with Heifer International at Heifer.org, @Heifer on Twitter and the Heifer International Facebook page.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I always wondered what Heifer International was. Looks like something I need to be involved in.
What a great organization. I love how even though they are helping people in other countries they still are educating those of us at home through these celebrations.
This organization sounds great! I love that they’re helping others in other countries. I wish I could tour the nearby state farms.
What a fantastic program. I love that they’re helping all of these countries, including our own and supporting the farmers. I don’t think we appreciate our farmers as much as we should!! They’re hard workers that put the food on our tables. Looks like a fun AND educational trip!!
We have given gifts to other people through Heifer several times in the past, it’s such a great organization.
What an awesome organization! That’s great that you and your son went out to support it and learn more! 🙂
Thanks for sharing. I had no idea bout Heifer International. I was a farmer for 20+ years but we didn’t have dairy cattle. That wasn’t really big where I am from, but was so excited to go to my first dairy farm and milk a cow for the first time.
Love this and I am getting on the read to feed campaign now. I love when my kids can help and learn at the same time.
Thanks for the info, I never new about HI until now.
Thanks for the info on HI, I had heard of it but never knew what it was. Thanks!
I live in Arkansas and I have been meaning to take my kids to interactive museum in Little Rock. Once they are a little older I would as like to take them to the ranch. I think they do some very important work.
Sonya – Send me a DM on Twitter (@MommyTalkShow) and I can get you their rep’s information. She told me they’d love to have bloggers visit.
This is wonderful! I love finding new companies to give to. I love that they have educational material to help kids understand their mission!
A big Happy Anniversary to them! I’m looking forward to hearing more about the holiday catalog.