Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk ratione...
Every family who receives a gift of livestock and training is motivated to pass on the same to another family in need. This helps maximize resources and gives families the dignity and compassion they need to overcome their mental state of poverty.
Heifer encourages its participants to focus on fulfilling one’s accountability rather than to demand for one’s rights. Valuing what you can do for the community rather than focusing on the reverse creates a favorable environment to initiate social and economic change.
Heifer believes that global problems can be solved if all people are committed to sharing what they have and caring about others. Heifer promotes sharing and caring to aide in solving hunger and poverty and caring for the earth.
Heifer’s projects aim to make communities socially and economically self-reliant by encouraging the community itself to design and lead project activities. Heifer’s investment in physical inputs, capacity building and technical strengthening strive for sustainability.
Taking rural farm communities from subsistence to resilience means increasing its livestock and agricultural productivity. Heifer does this through inputs, trainings and institution building.
Increased income fosters better nutrition and good nutrition is required to be able to work to gain better income. Heifer works to promote both through its projects and focuses on equitable distribution of income and nutrition amongst family and community.
Heifer is a partner to people who truly need an opportunity to improve the quality of their lives and who can benefit from modest support. Participants are encouraged to understand genuine need while making decisions and ensure that decisions made are just.
Heifer’s projects promote gender equity by choosing women as primary participants through whom project inputs and trainings are given. Men and women share in decision-making, ownership of the Heifer animals, labor and the benefits of projects.
Heifer understands that there can be no sustainability without protecting and improving the environment. This is especially crucial for the families it works with who are largely dependent on natural resources.
Although Heifer works through women, it encourages full participation from the family and community to achieve impacts. Improving social capital to increase full participant is one of the keys to achieving sustainable holistic development.
Heifer uses training as a means of spreading general awareness, providing education, building capacity and empowering communities. Group members share the knowledge received from the trainings with their families and community members leading the way towards holistic community development.
Spirituality is common to all people and groups, regardless of their religion or beliefs. Heifer promotes spirituality through its values, beliefs about the value and meaning of life, a sense of connectedness to the earth and a shared vision of the future.
Everything starts with desire for a better life and a better world.
Writer’s note: Nepal is traditionally termed as an agricultural country with 65% of its population relying on agriculture and livestock for their living. Despite this, it is heavily dependent on its powerful neighbors, India and China for food products that ranges from grains, fruits, spices, animal products like meat and milk etc. This dependency has put Nepal in a precarious position. As Nepa...
Gita Karki, 45 and her husband Hum Bahadur Karki, 53 from Mujung village, Palpa district are typical project families of Heifer in Nepal. Both of them have not received any formal education in their lives. Coming from farming families, they practiced traditional farming and livestock raising techniques passed down from one generation to another. Farming was a way of subsistence and never seen a...
The village of Boudhagumba lies in rural hills of Palpa district 10 km far from Butwal, its closest market. Local transporters have to brave their way into rocky terrain of this village. Despite this difficulty, farmers here have been able to create a vibrant local economy.
Once a week, farmers from Boudhagumba gather in the premise of Milansar Social Entrepreneur Women's (SEW) Cooper...