Growing up, my Grandmother would often purchase animals on our behalf through Heifer.org for families in poverty. I think this is one of the most important charitable contributions you can make because it can help bring families out of poverty and become self-reliant. Not only will your gift of livestock help families improve their nutrition, but also generate income in sustainable ways. Heifer doesn’t give these animals as a “hand-out,” but like to refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s like a cycle of lifting others out of poverty and it’s called Passing on the Gift – an important part of the Heifer organization.
Buy A Flock of Chicks this Easter
“A flock of chicks can help families from Cameroon to the Caribbean add nourishing, life-sustaining eggs to their inadequate diets. Protein-packed eggs from even a single chicken can make a life-saving difference. Heifer helps many hungry families with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year – plenty to eat, share or sell. With Heifer recipients’ commitment to pass on the offspring and training, the exponential impact of adding chickens to communities in poverty is truly a model that helps end hunger and poverty.”
You can purchase everything from a Water Buffalo which can help Filipino farmers plant four times as much rice and carry heavy loads to the market to sell or simply give a donation to where the most help is needed.
This is a great way to start teaching children the importance of giving to others. They will enjoy learning about what the animals can do for these families. So buy a flock of chicks this Easter for a family in poverty!