Thursday, April 28, 2011
Ending Global Hunger and Poverty: Heifer International
Heifer International is a nonprofit charitable organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. It provides gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture to financially-disadvantaged families around the world. The Heifer Foundation, established by the board of Heifer International in 1990 to manage the endowment of Heifer International, was created to generate ongoing support for the work of Heifer International by educating the public and serving as an agency for donations. Founded by American farmer Dan West, West was serving as a Church of the Brethren relief worker in Spain during the Spanish Civil War when he became frustrated at being tasked with deciding how to allocate a very limited amount of food aid. Upon his return to the United States, he founded Heifers for Relief, an organization dedicated to providing permanent help to starving families by providing them livestock and training so they "could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children." Read more . . .