Heifer's Haiti Country Staff Reports Loss of Animals, Gardens

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, August 29, 2012 0 comments
For more than 12 years, Heifer has been committed to development work in this island nation that has seen more than its share of natural disasters.  Learn about Heifer's current Haiti REACH project here.

In the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, Heifer International’s Haiti country team is reporting damage to several Heifer Haiti projects, including loss of animals, loss of and damage to gardens and homes, as well as damage to one breeding center.

Ewaldy Estil, northern field coordinator for Heifer Haiti, said the country team is reaching out to Heifer project community leaders by phone, and is able to report the following thus far:

•In the community of Gressier, where Heifer works with MOPLANDAH, 32 goats were killed (eight from the breeding center and 24 that belonged to project families). The roof of the breeding center was also damaged.

•In Petit Goave, where Heifer works with AIFO, one bull was killed and 86 small farms were destroyed. Irrigation canals were littered by debris.

•In Montrouis, where Heifer works with Tet Kole, the water irrigation system for the forage crops around the breeding center was damaged, and one goat from the breeding center was killed.

•In Ivwa, leaders reported that 50 houses were destroyed, and 10 homes built by Heifer had their roofs damaged or destroyed.

•In the region of Artibonite (Lester and Marchand Dessalines), where Heifer is working with RACPABA, crops were lost.

•On Lake Peligre in the center of the country, where Heifer is working with ACDELP on a cage-fishing project, fingerlings were killed by excessive sedimentation in the lake.

•Information is pending from Gros Morne.

Tropical Storm Isaac swept over the island Saturday (August 25, 2012), dumping torrential rains on the country and destroying several tent cities where survivors and refugees from the January 2010 earthquake were living. Heifer country staff continues to assess the situation and communicate with project leaders and participants, so more information will be shared as it becomes available.

About Heifer International:
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call (800) 696-1918.
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Heifer Int'l volunteer Laurie Heller explains Heifer's work to CSECC attendee Michael.
Heifer International Sacramento participated in the 2012 California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC) Kickoff non-profit fair on the west steps of the State Capitol. Since 1979, California State government employees have been provided the opportunity to make donations to an approved list of charitable organizations through payroll deductions. At the 2012 CSECC kickoff event, our volunteers talked with many enthusiastic state employees who has volunteered to implement the charitable campaign for their agencies. Some agencies are already planning to schedule speakers to provide more information to their employees and build interest in the campaign.

Presentations and mini-fairs are a terrific way to introduce employees to the wide array of approved charitable organizations and inspire participation. Heifer Sacramento has a contingent of volunteers eager to speak about Heifer's work. Our presenters can work with the time constraints for each campaign event and include pertinent slides and/or videos, as needed.

If you would like to request a Heifer speaker for your agency's campaign event, please contact us via email. (Please include your name, agency, contact phone, date and time of the event, and presentation length desired.) If colleagues in offices outside of the Sacramento region would like to request a speaker to represent Heifer International, please send us an email and we will do our best to connect you with a volunteer in the area.

Heifer International is listed under the Global Impact Federation agency code 315 in the CSECC Donor Resource Guide.

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to learn about the work of Heifer International and shared your enthusiasm for the campaign!
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Notes from August 6 Volunteer Meeting

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Sunday, August 19, 2012 0 comments

l.  Upcoming Events

California State Employees Charitable Campaign (CSECC) kickoff event – August 22, 2012
Heifer will be represented at a booth on the west steps of the State Capitol from approximately 10am–2 pm by John Brewer, Laurie Heller, Pat Sayer-Handley, Teresa Fung, Cheryl McKinney, Judy Grimshaw, and Susan Sundell. Susan will bring the canopy. And estimated 2,000 state employees are expected to attend seeking information about charitable organizations. Cheryl McKinney created and added an insert to the Heifer brochure with contact information for materials and speaker requests from our local volunteer group. In addition, Teresa Fung sent an e-mail to the event chair for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) of our local volunteer group and our availability for presentations.

Davis Farmers Market - June 18, 2012
Susan Rumberg and Judy Grimshaw will set up and staff the 7:30 am -10:15 am shift and JoAnn Peter and Susan Sundell will take the 10:15 am -1:00 pm shift, including clean-up. Volunteers are needed for the September 15th and October 20th shifts. You can sign up with Susan Rumberg or on Google Docs.  At one of the upcoming meetings, late in the year, we will assess whether we want to continue our booth at the market.
         
ll. Speaker Requests

Matsuyama Elementary on Woodbridge Drive is requesting a school assembly after their donation of a goat and chickens to Heifer. More information will come about the date and other details.

St. James Women’s Guild – More details are needed, but the date will probably be August or early September.

lll. Jill Kilty-Newburn to visit at September 10 meeting

Jill will be sharing, among other things, experiences on her recent study tour to Heifer projects in Kenya. She will also be answering any Heifer related questions or concerns volunteers might have. She may have more information about the transition of the Heifer’s  Ceres property to EcoVillage Farm group.

lV. Team Heifer

Plans are in the works for fund raising activities by Heifer volunteers, all in an attempt to reach our goal set for $10,000. We are hoping to post our progress on the Team Heifer website but will also keep a running account in the monthly minutes. For example, over $800 was donated to Heifer in honor of Amy Flindt at a going away party at JoAnn Peter’s house this summer. We are off to a good start!  Pat Sayer-Handley is considering a hiking activity in the spring and John Brewer has a “Fun Raising” event in mind. Judy Grimshaw will be inviting Dr. Elizabeth Erickson from CSUS to explain and identify how students in her “event planning” class might partner with us on fund raising events in the future.

V. Updates on Recent Events  

Alpha Kappa Alpha Convention, July 23 –26, the Moscone Center in San Francisco
John Brewer and Sue Bennett helped at the Heifer booth. John reported that it was a great event with thousands of women in attendance. AKA is partnering with Heifer International this year. A study tour to Ecuador was raffled off at the convention. The AKA convention is held every other year in various places around the country.

       Post-meeting note:  There is a Sacramento chapter of this group.  From their website: "The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Gamma Omega Chapter, of the Sacramento area strive to improve the many communities in which they live.  The chapter has been established in the community since 1958 and that long-standing history has brought many changes by the organization, with the collaboration of others, for community improvement. Our vision is to deliver valuable services that strengthens our community and encourage positive social, educational and economic development."

United Methodist Conference, June 20 –23, Sacramento Convention Center
Volunteers worked the booth during the lunch break 11:30 –1:30 pm. Although we hoped for more activity at the booth, it is important we are there because of support of UCM to Heifer over the years.

Tour to Chaffin Farms
We are waiting for a response to our inquiry regarding a visit.

Vl. California Proposition 37

There was discussion regarding official support for this proposition, which would require many foods sold in California to be specially labeled if they were "made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways," according to the California's official ballot summary.

On Tue, Aug. 7, 2012 at 8:19 PM, Jill Kilty Newburn wrote:

Thanks for sharing on this one, Suellen. I have noticed lots of discussion amongst Slow Food and organic farming folks around this issue!

While Heifer does support the notion of open source seed populations, and the concept that small scale is part of our solution for ending hunger and poverty, I would be very surprised to see the organization step up and endorse a specific piece of political legislation, as it 'can' put a 501.c.3 tax exempt status in jeopardy.

VII.  Organizational Items

Sacramento.heiferblog.org
Teresa Fung will post articles or event photos contributed by volunteers about Heifer activities on our local blog. She has been posting the monthly notes from volunteer meetings and reposting press releases from headquarters. She will be posting an article from the Sacramento Bee about a 6 year old girl, Patricia Bigge, from St. Andrews United Methodist Church who was inspired to ask the congregation to help her raise money to donate a cow through Heifer International. Cheryl will be sending the church a thank you note and information about our local volunteer group.

National Heifer blogs

http://www.heifer.org/blog/
Posts can be read in chronological order – or in topic groups, such as “blog series: from the ceo” or “where we work: the Americas.” The blog is dynamic and shows the latest happenings and issues.

http://heifer12x12.com
"A global blogging adventure to visit Heifer International projects in 12 countries in 12 months in 2012."  Great photography and interesting posts by Betty Londergan, who is currently visiting her seventh country: the USA.  She is covering the Seeds of Change projects in Appalachia and Arkansas.  Fascinating.

Volunteer Hours
Teresa Fung will work on revamping the accounting system for volunteer hours to make it easier to use and less time consuming. We will ask Jill for input at the next volunteer meeting.

VllI. Next meeting Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, Campus Commons Board Room 6:00 pm.
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A Community Hero

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, August 09, 2012 0 comments
The Sacramento Bee's I Care column on August 6, 2012 featured a young community hero, Patricia Bigge, 6. Patricia is asking her community and congregation at the St. Andrew United Methodist Church to contribute to her effort to purchase a cow for the poor through Heifer International.

In case you missed this piece, you can read it here and see a picture of Patricia.
Thank you Patricia for your effort to help others in need!
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