Monday, December 3, 2007

Have a cow

So maybe you've memorized every word available at Freerice.com and you're bored of staying at level 50 vocab all day long. Well, the good news is that there's another way to help feed the world's poor. Feminist Mormon Housewives has set up a team of Mormon blogs (appropriately named Team Bloggernacle) to raise money for Heifer International, a charity organization that purchases animals for poor people in third world countries, trains them on how to get the most out of them, and requires the beneficiary to pass on the wealth. As the wikipedia article explains:
Heifer International works to ensure that the gift of each animal will eventually help an entire community to become self-sustaining. Animals such as goats, water buffalo and camels are "seven M" animals: they provide meat, milk, muscle, manure, money, materials and motivation. Once its immediate needs have been met, a family is free to sell any excess at market. Heifer International provides a breeding animal along with the gift animal so that it can produce offspring. Participating families are required to "pass on the gift", that is: they must give at least one of the female offspring to a neighbor who has undergone Heifer's training. In time, that neighbor will pass along one of the offspring of its animal, and so on.

So go on, give what you can, it's for a good cause. Check out the Team Bloggernacle website and click on the "General Team Donation" tab at the top to donate.

1 comment:

  1. We used to do stuff like that for a similar charity back when I lived in South Africa. Our money bought cows for a village in Mozambique. The next year, the village asked the charity for more cows. The charity asked them what they did with the cows from last year. They answered "We ate them." Such is the reality of Africa.

    happy 2008 to you!

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