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heiferA Saint Francis Christmastime Tradition
A long tradition and outreach project of Saint Francis at Christmastime has been to financially support Heifer International in their mission of working with communities to end hunger and poverty, and care for the Earth.
How it Works

The Heifer Project empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but its approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

Passing on the Gift 

The core of Heifer’s model is Passing on the Gift, meaning families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.

The goal of every Heifer Project is to help families achieve self-reliance. This is done by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves, and it’s thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

You have the power to give a hungry family the training it takes to feed themselves and their children; to give a young girl a chance at an education; to empower a woman to have a voice in her community. Together, we can all change the world, one family, one community, at a time. And it all starts with a gift.
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