‘Tis the season….
The husband and I decided we wanted to pick a charity to give to each year, even if we could only donate a small amount.
As a lover of food and future dietitian, it kills me that in the year 2008 – with all the technology and advancements of human society – that there are still people who go hungry.
So of course we chose an organization devoted to world hunger:
Heifer International’s goal is to help the hungry feed themselves. Among many other initiatives, the company arranges for families and villages to receive animals – such as a goat, a flock of geese, or a hive of bees – that can provide a source of food rather than just a short-term solution (the animal’s meat itself). I LOVE this idea and think it’s cool to imagine an animal you “bought” living with and helping a family. I really admire the organization’s structure, mission and goals.
Here is the official mission from the Heifer website:
Heifer’s Mission to End Hunger
A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.
Heifer’s mission is…
To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.
Heifer’s strategy is…
To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.
This year the husband and I could only afford a hive of bees, but since our wedding had a honey theme (Life is sweet!) we thought it would make a perfect 2007 choice.
Please take a minute to visit the Heifer website
or visit the gift catalog to see the animals you can sponsor!