Heifer International was established in 1944 by Dan West, an Indiana farmer, dedicated to providing permanent freedom from hunger by giving families livestock and training so they would not have to depend on others for food. While volunteering as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War, Dan realized the people needed “a cow, not a cup” since cows produce milk the families would not have to depend on temporary aid. From this idea, Heifer International was born.
The foundation believes by giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. Heifer International works to help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. In exchange for the livestock and training, the families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need in order to ensure that the gift of each animal will eventually help an entire community to become self-sustaining.
Randall Mitchell, one of our android developers, nominated Heifer International for this month’s charity because he believes “the idea that so many people across the globe suffer from starvation and malnutrition is a human tragedy. Heifer International is not only able to reach out to a vast number of people, but the organization is also able to do so on an individual, family, and village level.” Additionally, Randall shared, “ I give to Heifer because each gift is a solid step towards ending the starvation and malnutrition of the individual that receives it.”
To learn more about how you can help, visit http://www.heifer.org