Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bloggers unite--hunger and Heifer International

This message was in my inbox this morning: "Heifer International and BlogCatalog are calling for an end to world hunger. As part of our Pass on the Gift month, Heifer is asking you to join hundreds of others on April 29 by blogging, posting or tweeting about world hunger."
OK, I'll try.
Israel Independence Day is really too happy a day to dwell on the magnitude of starvation and poverty in the world. Maybe tomorrow . . . If you want the depressing statistics that were supplied, please click here.
The way I helped fight world hunger was to be a "major donor," not of money, but of labor freely given. From 1996 to 2002 I lived at Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, USA, working mostly with livestock.
Here we are, (part of) the resident volunteer crew of ca 1997.
Heifer International has been helping communities around the world since 1944.
In FY2008 Heifer had 869 active projects in 53 countries/provinces and 27 U.S. states. Heifer projects around the world help families achieve self-reliance through the gift of livestock and training.
Click on the Heifer project map to see if your country has projects.
Funding comes largely from donations.
Heifer Ranch is a beautiful 1,100 acres of peaceful pastures and hills.
There we demonstrate to thousands of visitors how world hunger can be eased. We show them some of the animals that Heifer gives, like cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys, rabbits, camels, water buffalo, llamas, chickens, and worms. And we prove that volunteers of all ages, from all over, can work and live together in community and thrive.
Hey, maybe you would like to give it a try for a month or more? Read about our Learning Centers, including Heifer Ranch, and how to volunteer at the HI website.


Cloudia said...

"The way I helped fight world hunger was to be a "major donor," not of money, but of labor freely given. "

We need to remember that it is more than money, and that labor and concern and mindful life are all parts of the puzzle, yes and tolerance and good deeds like yours.

Aloha, Dina

Pietro said...

Really a great post, Dina.
I always think that in the Third Millennium, with our intelligence and the immense progress in all the fields, we ought to have reached a greater respect for our precious world and no longer have either wars or hunger.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this post and think world hunger and world wars are probably going to be with us forever or as long as this world exists. It is a shame but life is like that. Wars, on the other hand, could be prevented.

JM said...

I agree with Abe, I'm not very optimistic about Mankind, that's why I admire so much the volunteers' work in many causes. Great post, Dina!
By the way, Portugal is not on the map.

Reader Wil said...

There is no project of Heifer in my country, but many other organizations, which I support.
Thanks Dina for your comment on the tragesty in the Netherlands I always thought that this kind of nightmare was not possible in my country.

Reader Wil said...

Me again . Thank you for the address of Heifer in the Netherlands!

bennie and patsy said...

What a great post. Thank you for info.

Kay said...

Ever since you made us aware of Heifer International we have made a contribution to them every year.