Heifer International: Giving the Gifts of Bees, Flocks of Ducks and Livestock to End World Hunger

Have you ever participated in a charity where one pair of shoes is donated for
every pair bought? Many companies donate footwear, but only one donates livestock, according to

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. It was founded by a man named Dan West, according to heifer.org

 Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and part of the Church of the Brethren when he eventually volunteered for the front defenses of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His job was to supply relief, but he soon discovered that the small single cup of milk rationed for each exhausted refugee once a day was not enough, according heifer.org

And then he had a thought, “What if they had not a cup, but a cow?” The saying “teach a man to fish” is what drove West to found Heifer International. Now, almost 70 years later, that idea still inspires their work to end world hunger and shortage throughout the world once and for all, according to heifer.org

The Heifer catalogue offers gifts ranging from a flock of ducks for $20.00, a hive of bees for $30.00 to a goat that cost $120.00, a heifer that cost $500, and lots more.