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In December I am riding for Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Its approach is more than a handout. Heifer provides animals (e.g., heifers, goats, water buffalos, chickens, rabbits, fish, and bees) and training to impoverished people in over 30 countries. The animals can give milk, meat, or eggs; provide draft power; or form the basis of a small business. Communities make their own decisions about what crops, animals, and market strategies make sense for their everyday conditions and experiences.

Heifer International is based on 12 Cornerstones, such as Sustainability; Genuine Need and Justice; and Gender and Family Focus. Perhaps the best known Cornerstone is Passing on the Gift, in which Heifer recipient families pass on the offspring of their animals to others in need. In this way, whole communities can raise their standard of living.

A donation to Heifer International also can make a wonderful alternative holiday gift. Instead of yet another sweater for Grandma that she really doesn’t need, why not donate a Heifer animal or a share of an animal in her honor? Does your child really need so many new toys? Instead of five new toys, give him/her three new toys and a Heifer flock of chicks. Heifer has honor cards to let your loved ones know of your gift on their behalf.

I have set up a Team Heifer page to support Heifer International through A Year of Centuries. My goal is to raise $500. Please make your donation through If you would like more information about Heifer’s work, please visit Whether you give to honor a loved one or make a regular donation, thank you for taking steps to transform the world for the better.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Heifers Are Udderly Cool!

Heifers were the first animals Heifer International used to help hungry families.  Dairy cows can give as much as four gallons of milk a day.  Milk can be used to make cheese, butter, or yogurt, and the extra milk can be sold for income.  Cows also provide manure that enriches the soil.

Cow Facts
  • A heifer is a young female cow.
  • Cows eat grasses, leaves, and crop waste.
  • Cows swallow and chew their food twice.  They also have four stomachs.
  • A cow can have a calf each year, and that can add up to a lot of cows.

Cow Tale

In Uganda, Lillian and her two brothers and three sisters lost their parents to AIDS.  She and her siblings were invited into the home their aunt Anna, whose Heifer International cow gave enough milk for all of them.  There was even enough milk to sell, and Lillian and her older brother were able to afford to go to school.

(Information provided by the Heifer International Living Gift Market guide)

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