Please do me a favor and donate at LEAST $5.00 or more to her. Every little bit helps!
I just discovered an awesome way to give meaningful gifts to my family and friends that directly benefits needy families in developing countries. Yay!
Heifer International is an organization that works to empower communities in the areas of agroecology, animal management, disaster rehabilitation, gender equity, HIV/AIDS, microenterprise, and urban agriculture.
Their gift program allows you to provide an animal or tree to a needy family somewhere in the world. For example, you can provide a flock of chicks for $20 (U.S.). You can then email or print and send a card from the site to tell your recipient about the gift they have provided for a needy family. There are also printable gift inserts explaining how Heifer works.
You can browse their gift catalogue directly HERE.
This is so awesome. I can hear it now: "Merry Christmas, Dad. Enjoy your honeybees for a family in Guinea!"
"Thanks, dear. It's just what I've always wanted."
But seriously, it's such a fantaaaaaastic program. Here are a couple of clips:
"In Zimbabwe, Mrs. Ndagurwa is a leader in her women's agricultural club. She grows impressive vegetables in soil scratched up and fertilized by her Heifer chickens; their eggs add protein to her family's diet and generate cash to help market her produce."
"Goat's milk is the only milk known to half the world's people, but 80 percent of mothers and children in rural areas do not have any type of milk or milk products. The gift of a dairy goat is a lasting, meaningful way to help a struggling family on the other side of the world.
Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. Your gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day — a ton of milk a year.
Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families use goat manure to fertilize gardens. And because goats often have two or three kids a year, Heifer partners can start small dairies that pay for food, health care and education."
Merry Season, all!
I was recently alerted to a sickening abuse of animal rights:
It seems that dogs and cats are being used as live bait for shark fishing off the coast of La Reunion, an island governed by France.
I am surprised that there isn't a lot of action being taken yet, but I think news is just starting to get out...so you can definitely make an impact.
Now, most people do not want to see images of this activity, so here is a link that goes directly to a petition with no photos.
Film star and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is campaigning against this...an article in the New York Daily News can be read at bardot article.
"The international Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering a reward of 200 Euros to any police officer who successfully enforces the law prohibiting the use of dogs and cats as bait for the catching of sharks.
The Society is offering a reward of 1,000 Euros for the first conviction and 200 Euros for each conviction thereafter.
The reward will be paid upon the successful conviction of any person found guilty of using dogs or cats as bait in shark fishing as defined by the laws of France that specifically outlaw this practice."*
*taken from S.S.C.S. website