Heifer International’s mission is “to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities.” Through donations of livestock, seeds, and mentorship, the Heifer Project has helped 50 million people worldwide. These donations particularly empower women with the knowledge and means to support their families, in communities where women often don’t have the same economic and social opportunities as men. Heifer International places an emphasis on protecting environmental resources.
Maggie’s Farm donated 50 beehives, as well as food baskets and garden seeds through the Heifer Project. The gift of beehives serves the dual role of increasing cultivation of bees to support the growth of crops and providing families with income through the sale of honey, wax, and pollen. Food baskets help to fight hunger, ensuring families have nutritional meals. Providing families with garden seeds and instruction in farming leads to long-lasting change. Families can support themselves and pass on a portion of their production to help their communities.
For more information about Heifer International and their work, check out their website.