- I WANT A LIFE … > BYOND HUNGER
- I ENDEAVOR TO PASS… >ON THE CHANCE OF SELF-RELIANCE
- I DESERVE A GIFT… >OF SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD
- I AM STRIVING… >FOR A WARM FUTURE OF HAPPINESS
We have all needed a helping hand in our life. Start a cycle of positive change by helping others as you have been helped. The giving spirit grows exponentially with each person it impacts.
Where we work in Nepal
In 1984, Xuping Ren was among the first group of famers who accepted Hiefer’s help to start a rabbit-rearing project at Dayi County, Sichuan province, China. He kept his promise to pass on the gifts after he managed to bring home the bacon. For more than 20 years, the rabbits that have been passed on as gifts by Ren have seen their 40th generations, amounting to 20,000 in total.
We're all part of communities, from the family level to the global level, so we must be accountable for our actions. Take responsibility for your place in the world. Pledge to work hard and pass on what you learn and receive.
Where we work in Nepal
Liang Yuhua, 60, a Heifer project participant living in Xiliujing Community, Yi County, Hebei Province, managed to fulfill her commitment of passing on gifts even after someone had stolen her goats. With the support from the Self-help Group and Heifer Project staff, she never lost her hope, dream and promise. She kept her words and passed on the gift with money instead of animals by three times, which was her own way to take accountability.
We can solve the world’s problems if everyone commits to sharing resources and caring for others. Take the time and energy to actively show that you care through helping others.
Zhang Min lived in a small village called Wang Zhuyuan in Lixin County, Anhui Province. Her husband was infected with HIV due to blood transfusion. The Women’s Self-help Group that consisted of 25 families in this village spared no efforts to help the couple. In the meantime, Zhang Min volunteered to take on more responsibility in the village in return for the group’s help.
Short-term fixes don't solve long-term problems. With the right training and education, we can build strong, healthy communities that can stand up to the challenges of hunger and poverty.
Abudu Reyimu is a famer under the project in Zhuangzi Village, Kashi District, Xinjiang. Heifer Project team not only supported his cattle-rearing but also offered assistance for him to build two new vegetable greenhouses. Up until now, he has built 6 greenhouses for vegetable plantation. Thanks to the greenhouses, his annual income is above 10,000 RMB by selling vegetables only. In the future, he plans to set up a cooperative to promote sustainable development.
Our farmers learn how to keep their animals safe, healthy and productive. Project participants learn animal health and husbandry, integration of livestock into the ecosystem and improvement of the environment.
Since Heifer’s arrival in De Anzhuang Village, Weichang County, Hebei Province, the livestock technology training has been regularly provided for the project participants. In the year of 2012, the number of out-of-stock cattle has increased by 8.46 times due to the breed improvement and modern livestock technology.
Heifer farmers and their families enjoy improved diets and finances. Farmers reap rewards from their gift animal through the consumption and/or sale of products such as milk, eggs, meat, cheese, honey and wool.
In October, 2011, Heifer started a new project in Zhibaxia Village in Sangri County, Tibet, to help 31 villagers raise their dzomo. It used to take two to three days to milk the dzomo to get enough milk for making a piece of ghee, but now, it only needs one day’s milking to make one kilogram of ghee. The ghee produced by a household is enough for the whole family to eat for the whole year. The household can even sell the extra ghee to get extra income.
In Heifer's work, gender equity is central to success. Men and women must work side by side in equally respected roles and responsibilities for a family to create a better future.
The key ingredient of Heifer’s success to help people fight against hunger and poverty is the focus of gender equality and family. Both men and women should respect each other and work together for a better future.
In many cases, poverty is a result of discrimination. Seek to empower those who are deprived of rights and privileges because of their ethnicity, sex or social status. Be generous with your time and resources, and be mindful of respecting people from different backgrounds.
Waqi Wuniu, Yi Ethinicity, is a single mom infected with HIV. She currently lives in a Yi people community in Zhaojue County, Liangshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province. Heifer sent the single mom 2 piglets and a sow. Up to the year of 2012, she has sold out 140 piglets, which earned a total profit of 12,000 RMB.
Environmental degradation is a problem to which we all contribute, so we all have a responsibility to help the Earth heal. Be mindful of your choices what you eat, how your travel and how you live affect people, animals and the world around you.
Where we work in Ecuador
The Turpan area in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was renowned for its lack of rain, therefore, lots of Karez systems, a traditional irrigation system of wells connected by underground channel, had been buried by sand. The shortage of water for drinking and irrigation had become a major problem for the local development. In 2007, Heifer came to the village and encouraged the villagers to rebuild the Karez system. With the maintenance from the Self-help Group, the irrigation system started to work again, continuously bringing water to satisfy the villagers’ daily use and farming.
Everyone has something to contribute. Our actions create big change that affects everyone. Remember that the fight to end hunger and poverty calls us all to action.
“I’m 56 years old. I have never seen a meeting like this to be held in the village. Now, I attend every meeting and express my views frequently ”, a villager called Deji Zhuoga said.
We work with families as they learn a new way of living. Each of our farmers goes through extensive training in animal care and resource management, so that they can build a sustainable way of life.
During 28 years from 1985 to Dec. 31st, 2013, Heifer has held 22,833 trainings in total. The number of people who received the training amounted to 779,620, among whom 312,069 were women, 40.03% of the total.
Our common belief lies in the value of all life, a sense of connectedness to the Earth and a shared vision of the future. We are all connected by our actions and our efforts.
In Manlei Village, Yunnan Province, local Heifer project participants not only passed on their robust calves as gifts to the villagers in Hejiazhai Village, but also passed on their spirit of self-reliance and caring. There used to be countless conflicts between these two villages due to land and water issues. Now, they have made peace and let their conflicts melt away. Therefore, it’s not surprising that they have attracted the investment of 320,000 yuan from the government’s Infrastructure Development Funds to build their villages.
For around 30 years from 1985 to December 31st, 2015, Haihui·Heifer implemented 167 programs, including those in the implementing process and those in the report period, which helped 118,653 household of farmers in need with 5,657,789 gift animals. These programs were coordinated with 160 local program partners in 152 counties/cities in 17 provinces/regions. The number of farmer households that are gifted originally with livestock from Haihui·Heifer are 61,045 families, and they all in total are gifted 2,976,591 livestiock; With 2,681,198 livestock as the gifts to be passed on to help more need families, another 57,608 families are helped by Haihui·Heifer to work towards a better future. Totally, 27,026 sessions of various trainings are organized for 997,207 people, among whom are 390,387 women, making39.15% of all the trainees.
After Heifer launched its first project in Turpan in 1989, we have been deeply rooted in Turpan. In 2010, in response to the aid from Shanghai Municipal Government to Xinjiang development, we launched our projects in Kashi District. We provided them with good-quality sheep, beef cattle, and Holstein cows, as well the corresponding livestock technology training. The project participants got income increase by receiving gift animals. In this extremely arid region, we are more concerned about the urgent needs of local people. We help them clean the Karez, promote drip irrigation technology and grow greenhouse vegetables. People make money through more channels. The so-called desert has been turned into an oasis today.
This office is located in Chengdu, it is the first regional program office in China for Sichuan Province-Chongqing Municipality. 43,000 families were lifted out of poverty by Haihui·Heifer program, which covers the biggest number of project participants in China. In Qinghai Tibetan Plateau region, project has implemented in this area since ten years ago. Hiahui·Heifer team also taught local people to weave and make Tibetan incense besides raising animals. These traditional Tibetan handicrafts are very popular. In the last 30 years, our project model has been continuously developed. Due to this regional office’s excellent work, the project impact was enlarged based on the cooperation with project partners. It acts like a stable cornerstone for piloting Heifer’s new project model. Each new stride with regard to Haihui·Heifer’s projects started from this regional office.
We are easily impressed by the beautiful snow-capped mountains, karst caves, talented ethnic groups, and unique culture of Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to those rustic but extremely poor families in the remote mountainous areas. Heifer not only helps them improve their living conditions by building roads, toilets and solar energy bathhouses, but also help some ethnic groups preserve their traditional music, language and culture.
As a People-run Non-enterprise Institution registered under the Department of Civil Affairs of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Center was officially founded in Chengdu on Nov. 26, 2008. As the sole representative of Heifer International in China, Haihui is managing seven regional program offices in China. In August, 2010, Shanghai United Foundation and Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Center co-established “HaihuiFund” to explore the domestic fundraising channel for Heifer China.
Heifer International established its first regional program office in China for Sichuan Province-Chongqing Municipality. 33,000 families were lifted out of poverty by Heifer program, which covers the biggest number of project participants in China. In the last 30 years, our project model has been continuously developed. Due to this regional office’s excellent work, the project impact was enlarged based on the cooperation with project partners. It acts like a stable cornerstone for piloting Heifer’s new project model. Each new stride with regard to Heifer China’s projects started from this regional office.
In early 1990s, when we planned to implement a Heifer project around Beijing, we did not expect to see the extremely poor villages just a few hours’ drive from the capital. Poor natural conditions and traffic gave those poor families less opportunity to make ends meet. Many of them could not afford glasses, only taking the newspaper to cover the windows. Apart from giving them goats and cows, we helped them with beekeeping in order to increase their income in Miyun County. Today Miyun County Beekeeping Cooperative has begun to take shape and become a stable source of income for local farmers.
Heifer International Hong Kong was established in 2000 with the mission to sponsor Heifer projects in mainland China. It has donated approximately 787,869 animals, lifting more than 72,000 households out of poverty in 16 provinces, municipalities, or autonomous regions.
Heifer Hong Kong is registered as a charity in Hong Kong, with Antony Leung as the Board Chairman. It aims to arouse Hong Kong people’s love and enthusiasm to support Heifer Programin mainland through a number of charitable activities and various communication channels.
Heifer Hong Kong, in consistent with Heifer International Concept, aims to:
1) Provide opportunities for Hong Kong people to support poverty alleviation in China.
2) Educate the public with Heifer’s work and value.
After the huge flood in the regions along Yangtze River in 1998, many people lost their homes and their income sources. They felt blessed with the second ray of hope when receiving baskets of chicks and ducklings from Heifer. With the training provided by Heifer staff, the fast-growing chicks and ducklings became their major income source. One diligent project participant has become the entrepreneur of a poultry-rearing company after more than 10 years’ development. When she revisited Heifer’s office, she expressed her gratitude to Heifer and she donated money to help more people.
With the support of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Shanghai Haihui Community Livelihood Development Center, the sister organization of Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Center, was officially registered on February 26th, 2011. It dedicates to the undertaking of improving people’s livelihood, poverty alleviation, strengthening community cohesion and sustainable development.