What is the Heifer Project and How You Can Help

Have you ever heard the saying "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."? The Heifer Project takes this saying to new levels. Heifer International is our favorite charity to donate to each year because of how they help people who deal with poverty and hunger every day.

The Heifer Project was founded in 1944 by Dan West as a worldwide project to end hunger and poverty. I would say that they have done a wonderful job with this project; however there are still millions of people worldwide that could benefitĀ from the Heifer Project.

Essentially the Heifer Project provides livestock to impoverished communities to help them better their life. The livestock provide much needed nutrition (from meat, eggs or milk), money (from the sale of honey, milk, eggs, furs or meat) and fertilization of farmland. For instance a heifer will provide a family with milk to drink which will improve their health. A heifer will also provide milk to sell which will give the family money to purchase clothing, food, medicine and schooling. A heifer will also provide fertilizer for a familie's fields so that they can grow more of their own food.

If a family receives a flock of chickens they will have plenty of eggs (protein that many people are lacking) to eat and sell, providing the same benefits as the heifer does. Chickens also help to control the insect problems many communities in poverty have as well as fertilizing and tilling the soil to improve the growing of crops.

A family that receives animals through the Heifer Project is required to pass on their gift. When their animal has offspring they are required to give some of the offspring to other families in need in their community. So giving the gift of one animal will truly help a whole community.

Families that are chosen for the Heifer Project are not just given an animal. They are given animals that are specifically well suited for where the family lives as well as valuable training so that they know exactly how to take proper care of their animals. As you can see the Heifer Project provides more than just a temporary solution. These animals provide long term solutions and truly help families overcome devastating circumstances.

Donating animals to the Heifer Project does not have to cost much money. You can purchase either a whole animal or shares of animals. For instance you can donate a flock of chicks for $20, or a share of a goat for $10. Bee hives are $30, a share of a water buffalo is $25, a heifer is $500 or a share of a heifer is $50. Other animals that help people worldwide are pigs, geese, ducks, llamas, rabbits, goats, camels, donkeys, and guinea pigs.

There are so many options to choose from within the Heifer Project. Heifer International is a valuable organization that has been saving people's lives for decades now. If you can make a donation to the Heifer Project this year many, many people will benefit from it.

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Earth Angel 7 years ago

WONDERFUL Hub Jennifer!!

Heifer International is one of the BEST organizations in the world!! Thank you for sharing!! Each year, Earth Angel Publishing tries to sponsor an entire Ark!!

One year, instead of useless toys, I bought two heifers for my twin god-sons!! We named each heifer after them and I made up stories of how they were doing through the year!!

May we all remember Heifer International this Season!! Thank you so much Jennifer!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Great hub!! I am always about teaching someone to fish and this seems like the perfect organization. Thank you!


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Jennifer, thanks for writing about this interesting organization. I received a Heifer Project booklet this year, and the pictures of the animals and the children are adorable. It makes me want to take out my easel and paint.

The thing I wonder about, and it is hard to ask without sounding mean or stingy, is this: what will actually happen to the animals these people are given? Will they get to keep them? Do some of them owe money to other people, and will those creditors impound the animals?

I used to give scraps to strays. I noticed after a while that I didn't get to decide which dog got which scrap. They decided it amongst themselves. If I gave a scrap to a less dominant dog in the group, the dominant would approach and the submissive one would let the scrap drop from its mouth and back away. This didn't mean the submissive dogs got nothing. They got what the dominants decided they should have.

When we try to help a person, we can't just give him a piece of property, without trying to understand the social dynamics of his community, and where he stands in the pecking order.

None of the brochures ever explain that part of it. I wish they would.


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TabascoGirl 7 years ago

Great hub! Very informative and a great project to support. My family has just relocated to Costa Rica within the last year. It is a different culture and the people deffinately have a different way of thinking than the people of the US.

We live up in the hills and there are many families, like the ones in your article that live in the area. Within the first month of moving into the neighborhood we were invited to a meeting at one of these peoples houses. It was a "Goat Projecto" meeting and from what we gathered they were in one of the groups to receive goats from a organization you speak of.

They had to pay a certain amount to receive the goat also and the more people that participated the more goats the community was alloted. They also spoke of, like your article, the good it will do the community by the selling of the milk, off-spring and what not.

So, yes, by firsthand experience, I believe the donations do go to the right people, for the right reasons and they do get to experience the benifits of your donation!


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TabascoGirl 7 years ago

Great hub! Very informative and a great project to support. My family has just relocated to Costa Rica within the last year. It is a different culture and the people deffinately have a different way of thinking than the people of the US.

We live up in the hills and there are many families, like the ones in your article that live in the area. Within the first month of moving into the neighborhood we were invited to a meeting at one of these peoples houses. It was a "Goat Projecto" meeting and from what we gathered they were in one of the groups to receive goats from a organization you speak of.

They had to pay a certain amount to receive the goat also and the more people that participated the more goats the community was alloted. They also spoke of, like your article, the good it will do the community by the selling of the milk, off-spring and what not.

So, yes, by firsthand experience, I believe the donations do go to the right people, for the right reasons and they do get to experience the benifits of your donation!


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Lgali 7 years ago

very good hub

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