Heifer.org is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity organization. Every gift to Heifer.org represents a gift to its total mission of purchasing and transporting food and income-producing animals, as well as providing intensive training in animal husbandry; environmentally sound, sustainable farming; community development and global education.
From Heifer.org's website:
Flock of Chicks: A Good Choice
A flock of chicks can help families from Cameroon to the Caribbean add nourishing, life-sustaining eggs to their inadequate diets.
The protein in just one egg is a nutritious gift for a hungry child. 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.
Because chickens require little space and can thrive on readily available food scraps, families can make money from the birds without spending much. And chickens help control insects and fertilize gardens.
In Tanzania, Omari and Kulwa were struggling to raise a family on just 50 cents a day. With the training and chicks they received from Heifer, egg sales have boosted their daily income to $2, so they can now buy food and still pay school fees. Now, through passing on the gift, all of the children in their village are going to school.
To think that $20 can help a needy family on an ongoing basis is quite amazing.
Heifer.org also has other gifts you can donate in different price ranges:
- Llama - $20 share
- Goat - $10 share
- Heifer - $50 share
- Honeybees - $30 share
On a completely separate but similar topic, the U.S. Marine Corps recently purchased 50 cows for 50 Iraqi widows in the farm belt around Falouja. "The cow purchase is seen as a small step toward re-establishing Iraq's one-thriving dairy industry, as well as a way to help women and children. The early sign is that the program is working. Widows, many with no other income, have a marketable item to sell, as well as milk for their children."
Giving the gift of self-sustenance, independence and self-reliance is an important step towards world peace and prosperity. Heifer.org's mission as well as the Marine Corps' recent gift are living proof of the Chinese proverb: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. "