One of the most familiar stories in our culture is the one about the choice between giving a hungry man a fish and teaching him how to fish. Heifer International extends the possibilities of teaching a man to fish by providing hungry families with livestock with which they can not only feed themselves but their neighbors. Along with the gift of chickens or goats or water buffalo go trainers who help the recipients multiply their livestock, turn food into income, and reinvest their income in their communities eventually offering them a future free from hunger and dependence.
Participation in Heifer International means that you may select to donate the animals of your choice to a needy family. One of the least expensive Heifer gifts is a flock of chickens which can be purchased for $20. Other gifts come in a wide variety of prices, and the donation you make can be a gift to the person in whose name you give. For example, you might donate dollars for a share of a cow in in the name of a loved child who already more than he needs, thus giving the child an opportunity to share his birthday or Christmas bounty.