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 benefit 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.