Birthday-Heifer Program

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In honor of our clients who share their birthdays each month, OakWood is donating to a fantastic cause.

 

flock
 

NOVEMBER
A Flock of Hope include chicks, ducks or goslings, depending on the cultural, climate and dietary conditions of the region. Families will also receive training on the birds’ care. 

• Gives daily protein with delicious eggs.
• Fertilizes crops, which increases farm production.
• Egg production begins almost immediately.
• Eggs and poultry can also be taken to market and sold.

 
sheep
 

OCTOBER
Most sheep produce about 15-30 lbs. of wool per year. The average ewe produces about 1.5 gallons of milk a day, allowing a steady stream of sustainable income. Sheep often give birth to twins or triplets, which allows a Heifer family to “Pass on the Gift” to several families each year.

honeybees
 

SEPTEMBER
Many farmers that keep bees are able to harvest honey during the non-growing season to earn extra income, producing 60 pounds or more of honey each year.

Honey is the only food that includes all the essential elements necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals and even water. Its unique chemical makeup also allows it to be preserved indefinitely.

Birthday August
 

AUGUST
A basket of geese, ducks, chickens and rabbits are included in this gift, which gives struggling families the promise of a secure future. Your gift also includes training on how to properly care for the animals.

Rabbit manure provides a very nutrient rich fertilizer which makes rabbit farmers a good pairing with crop farmers. In addition, due to rabbits’ breeding rate, rabbit farmers are able to pass on the gift several times a year.

Bountiful Harvest
 

JULY
This basket provides the training and livestock needed to build integrated farms. This means planting food for the family and fodder for the farm animals; keeping a sustainable operation by using the resources such as animal fertilizer and biogas stoves; and caring for the Earth by improving the soil and environment.

Llama
 

JUNE
Thanks to their unique padded hooves, llamas and their alpaca cousins are gentle on the soil where they graze, making a positive environmental impact.

Llamas provide wool, prized for making blankets, ponchos, carpet and rope. They are also used as pack animals, and their wool can be sold for income.

The milk llamas provide is lower in fat and salt and higher in calcium than cow or goat milk.

gardeners
 

MAY
This Gardners Basket features tree seedlings, rabbits, chickens and a hive of bees as part of an integrated farming approach. Training consists of animal care, fertilization and growing techniques.
• Boosts production by providing compost and fertilizer.
• Provides organic pest control as chickens get rid of bugs and worms.
• Pollinates crops for a more abundant harvest.

 
piglets
 

APRIL
Piglets can be sold for anywhere between $50 and $250 USD in most countries, which provides many farmers the ability to purchase clothing, schooling, and other important necessities.

Most pigs live 10-15 years and can thrive on crop and garden by-product scraps while the average sow can provide 16 or more piglets a year, making it a viable and long term path to sustainability for Heifer recipient families.

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The core of the Heifer projects model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities. The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. 

Their values-based, holistic and community development approach focuses on: increasing income and assets, food security, nutrition, and environmental adaptability. No single organization and no number of isolated projects can address the systemic causes of poverty and hunger. Their approach involves enhancing the capacity of vulnerable small-scale farmers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods and achieve self-reliance. Their work reaches communities as close as Arkansas and as far as Africa, Nepal, and Haiti.

Families will be trained in animal care and agriculture so their children have healthy, balanced diets.