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We are pleased beyond measure to share with you the ministry that Heifer International provides to our neighbors in need around the world. As farmers, working with an organization that is strongly tied to animals and the land simply makes sense to us. We have been volunteers with Heifer International (it's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth), locally and nationally, close to 40 years, and highly recommend its work.
Heifer International began as a volunteer effort. Founder, Dan West, was serving as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War when he developed the idea of “not a cup, but a cow”. He wanted to give people a hand up, not a hand out. He returned to Indiana and formed a group called Heifers for Relief, sending a shipment of seventeen heifers to Puerto Rico in July, 1944. This group gradually evolved into a worldwide community development organization that now empowers women, men and children every day. A key premise of Heifer International's work is 'passing on the gift' . When an animal is given, the recipients are taught how to care for it and also are asked to pass on one of its offspring and training to another family. Since 1944, Heifer International has directly assisted 20.7 million families. However to this day, there are still 870 million people around the world who don't have enough food to eat. That's almost 3 times the United States population.
We are volunteers for the Southeast Pennsylvania Volunteer Heifer Committee whose mission is to educate, promote and fundraise for Heifer International. One of our projects is called Butter on My Biscuits, an internet, educational and fundraising team for Heifer. Click on this link to learn of the “Butter on My Biscuits” story, view three videos for your Heifer International educational understanding, as well as two ways to financially support Heifer International.
The animals at Airy Hill Farm are here for more your enjoyment. Some provide food for the bed and breakfast. They also serve as living examples of Heifer’s mission to our neighbors in need. These animals can provide:
- Movement (muscle of draft animals)
- Motivation (through empowerment)
- Money (income from selling animals or their products)
- Dignity, opportunity, and a future free from poverty for all people
- Materials (hides, wool)
- Methane (cooking fuel) from manure
Thank you for taking the time to read about what Heifer International does and any support that you can give.
Hazel and Mark