On this day, because of Heifer Project
International, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and
fresh vegetables. Families who for generations knew only poverty will build new homes and
start businesses. They will send their children to school instead of to the fields to do
backbreaking work. Best of all, each partner family experiences the dignity of sharing as
they give one or more of their animals offspring to another family in need.
Since 1944, when Heifer Project first shipped cows to impoverished families, we have
known that livestock offer one of the best resources for ending the cycle of chronic
hunger and poverty that plagues two-thirds of the planet.
Over the last five decades, as we have helped 4 million small-scale farm families on
five continents, we have learned important lessons.
We have learned that, to effect real change, our efforts must be sustainable we
must equip future generations to face the challenges in store for them. We have learned
the importance of training that allows farmers to use their land productively, restore and
preserve the environment. We have learned how women who produce much of the
developing worlds food can play a pivotal role in improving family nutrition.
We have learned to be sensitive to traditional cultures, often supporting them by
reintroducing indigenous animals. We have learned that we will not end hunger without
educating North Americans about the role they play in global poverty and challenging
ourselves to alter our lifestyles to care for the earth and its inhabitants.
Perhaps most important, Heifer Project has learned that global problems can be solved
only if all people are committed to sharing what they have and caring about others. In a
world where one billion people dont have enough to eat, our effectiveness depends
upon the sustained effort of many partners around the world. And Heifer Project continues
to search for new partners who share our vision for a better world.