Heifer International

Together, we have power over hunger and poverty

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General

Logo
Organization Name
Heifer International
Tagline
Together, we have power over hunger and poverty
English-Language Website URL
Type of organization
nonprofit,
Year Founded
1944
Lead Photo For Profile
HQ Location: City, Country
Little Rock, AR | USA
HQ Mailing Address
1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 | USA
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
Heifer International
1 World Ave.
Little Rock , AR 72202
Phone: 855.9HUNGER ( 855.948.6437 )
info@heifer.org
History

Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who volunteered during Spanish Civil War. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough.

And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow?

That “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, more than 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.

For generations, we have provided resources and training for struggling small-scale farmers in order to give them a chance to change their circumstances. But solving hunger and poverty on a global scale requires focus on sound, community-based work aligned with a long-term commitment to achieving self-reliance. Our VBHCD model provides resources in a culturally specific, community-focused setting that has allowed people and economies across the developing world to flourish.

Activity

Sectors of Activity
Economic Empowerment, Nutrition - Food, Gender Issues, Community Building, Environment,
Mission

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

For more than 70 years, we have provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. And we continue to make incredible progress toward that mission in the 30 countries in which we work.

Over the course of the past year, we have set a refined goal within the context of our original mission: to help 4 million families, within the communities where we work, achieve living incomes by 2020. This income will allow them to educate all their children, feed themselves adequately every day; and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essential resources.

We say “living income” because we cannot be satisfied with incremental gains in the lives of the smallholder farmers we’re working alongside. The livestock and training and other inputs we give small-scale farming families must help them close the gap between the hunger and poverty they experience when we meet them, and the dignified lives they wish for themselves.

 

 

Country (or countries) where active
United States, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, Armenia, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine