Heifer International


Heifer International is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the problem of hunger throughout the world by giving the gift of livestock, a renewable resource, to families in desperate situations. With this program, each family receiving a heifer agrees to "pass on the gift" and donate the female offspring to another family, so that the gift of food is never-ending.

This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for more than 65 years.

Since 1944, the total number of families assisted  directly and indirectly is 13.6 million—more than 70.5 million men, women and children. In 2009, a total of 1.63 million families were assisted within the four program areas in which Heifer operates.

  • Africa, 442,942
  • Americas, 473,319
  • Asia/South Pacific, 432,976
  • Central and Eastern Europe, 282,623

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