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Heifer International is a global non-profit humanitarian assistance organization working to help end hunger and poverty. Heifer provides gifts of livestock and training in environmentally sound agricultural practices to families in need to help lift themselves out of poverty and become self-reliant.
Heifer provides cows, goats, water buffalo and other livestock, 28 animals in total, in values based community development projects involving people in more than 50 countries.
Each animal provides benefits such as milk, eggs, wool, manure for fertilizer, nutrition, access to income, healthcare and better housing. Additionally participants agree to honor “Heifer’s Pass on the Gift Cornerstone,” sharing the first-born female offspring of their animal to extend an ever-widening circle of hope. Since 1944 Heifer has helped more than 12 million families.
As a Christmas project, St. Francis Xavier Religious Education Students, along with their supporters, were able to raise $1,100 for Heifer. With their money they purchased one heifer, two pigs, one goat, a trio of rabbits, two flocks of geese, three flocks of chickens, one flock of ducks and two hives of bees as gifts for families in need around the world.
This experience has introduced students to the possibility of a world free of hunger and poverty.