Post script - Heifer's Work Evolved

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, September 11, 2014
This is the final to the series contributed by Heifer Sacramento volunteer, Cheryl McKinney on her experience visiting Heifer Ecuador projects in 2013. 

Post script - Heifer's Work Evolved


We Heifer tourists saw and learned a lot during one busy week in Ecuador. We came away having witnessed many ways in which the Heifer really does what it sets out to do.

We had all arrived with the basic Heifer narrative in mind, which goes as follows.
     A community invites Heifer in to help with pressing problems.
     Heifer staffers, native to the project country, act as facilitators, engaging groups — in which women have full representation — to assess the community’s strengths, articulate goals and vision.
     Among the outcomes of this group process, sometimes taking months, will be decisions about specific projects to be undertaken.
     Then families receive training and support in the specifics of the project as well as any needed education in group process — all summed up in “the 12 Cornerstones for Just & Sustainable Development.”
     At the appropriate time, animals, plants, or other gifts arrive, and project participants sign promising to “Pass on the Gift” by donating an offspring animal or other offshoot of their specific project to the next family waiting to participate.
     The community is strengthened, in food security and networks of relationships.

Thank you to Cheryl for sharing your view on the ground in Ecuador!

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