During the Spanish Civil War, an Indiana farmer named Dan West volunteered as a relief worker. While ladling rations of powdered milk to hungry orphans and refugees of the war, he realized what the people needed was “a cow, not a cup.” He then dedicated his life to ending hunger by providing families with livestock and training so that they “could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children.” More than 67 years later, his organization – Heifer International – continues to provide animals (cows, pigs, goats, geese, etc.) and change the lives of millions of people.
Heifer refers to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. You too can Pass on the Gift, and invest in an animal in someone else’s name. www.heifer.org