This year I am happy to be a part of Blog Action Day. If you are unsure what Blog Action Day is:
Founded in 2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. Past topics have included Water, Climate Change, Poverty, Food and the Power of We, with over 25,000 blogs taking part since 2007.
The Organization I chose to highlight this year is Heifer International.
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.
HOW IT WORKS
We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps brings sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
I can’t imagine being in a position of not knowing where my next meal will come from. As a parent, that thought is frightening.
Sometimes we take things in our lives for granted. One of those is to simply be able to go the grocery store and purchase food for our families.
I love that by working with this organization you are able to really help a family in need for life not just a short time. You can donate animals that will help the family become self sufficient. That is a gift that is priceless.
PASSING ON THE GIFT
The core of our model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.
The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. We do this by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves, and it’s thanks to the generosity of donors like you.
You have the power to give a hungry family the training it takes to feed themselves and their children; to give a young girl a chance at an education; to empower a woman to have a voice in her community. Together, we can change the world, one family, one community, at a time. And it all starts with a gift.