Chance For All - a new project in Romania

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, October 25, 2012 0 comments
Heifer Romania launched a new project, Chance for All, in the southernmost region of the country, Zimnicea, on October 18, 2012. This project follows Heifer's new model to help more resource poor farming communities beyond subsistence to achieve sustatinability through partnering with governments, the private sector, multilaterals and foundations.

The $2,464,300 , or 1.9 million Euro, program was developed in collaboration with Heifer International, Heifer Romania, Bóthar Ireland and Danone Romania, with strong financial support from the Danone Ecosysteme investment fund.

The project aims to encourage small producers to work together to have long-term profitable businesses based on the production of high-quality milk. This initiative has a major training component, whereby farmers will participate in specialized courses on health, nutrition, and cattle reproduction and milking. This knowledge will enable them to obtain milk that is of European Union-quality standard.

In the first two years, more than 200 heifers will be distributed to 200 farm families. By the end of the four year project, a total of 800 families will have benefited from the gift of heifers.

Read more about this story here.
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October Volunteer Meeting Notes

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, October 17, 2012 0 comments

l.  Partnering with CSUS students for event planning and fundraising
Professor Beth Erickson from CSU Sacramento explained her program in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration and helped our group explore ways we might partner with her students. Each semester 40 students in her senior class are required to plan and implement a big event. In the past they have done everything from golf tournaments to wilderness film festivals. The students work in pairs to organize an event guided by advice from Beth. The student pairs are responsible for the planning and all of the “foot work” involved …i.e. contacting vendors, providing publicity, writing sponsorship letters for donations, etc. Our obligation to the students would be our availability on a weekly basis for guidance. The events are usually planned for November during the fall semester and in late March and early April for the spring semester. We will discuss the possibility of partnering with a pair of students for a Heifer event in the spring at the next volunteer meeting. We need to let Beth know of our interest by January 2013.

ll. Charitable Campaign tabling and speaking events
So far our volunteer group has met all Calif State Employees Charitable Campaign AND Combined Federal Campaing  requests for tabling and speaking events. We have had a busy September and October with a total of 19 events (not counting some that might have occurred in Chico).

Jill Kilty-Newburn will be tracking the contributions made to Heifer through the state and federal charitable giving campaigns we have been supporting this fall with our presence. We are hoping for information about the impact of our efforts.

lll. Donor reports and outreach
We will look at the list of churches sent out by Jill Kilty-Newburn and decide on a game plan for outreach at the next volunteer meeting. Judy will ask Jill to send us phone numbers and addresses for the churches on the list. We may send our volunteer postcard with a note, along with attempting to make personal contact.

lV. Team Heifer
The Team Heifer site is being revamped at headquarters. There has been confusion over the team pages and individual pages but the site does correctly show $1,216 credited to our volunteer group.  Checks to Heifer collected by our group should be mailed to Jill Kilty-Newburn. She will make sure the donations are credited to us.

To access the Team Heifer website for our group, follow this path:
Go to  >  GIVE tab  >  Team Heifer (in dropdown menu)  >  Team Heifer Search (in left-hand column) > Enter “Sacramento” in the search field  >  Click on “Sacramento Heifer Volunteers” in the TEAM results

Cheryl is experimenting with donating via Visa directly on the Team Heifer site; results will be reported next meeting.

V.  Conversation with a donor: “I’d like some news about my goat…
What do you say to someone who wants this kind of information?

• The donation to Heifer is a symbolic donation that supports the entire mission of Heifer International …including all of the training that the families will receive.

• It can take many months before the training is completed and goats are placed with families.

• To receive news about a donated goat would be logistically very difficult and would add another layer of expensive administrative costs. That money might be better spent providing animals and training for families.

• The goat that has been donated will be a pregnant goat that may give birth to a female kid that can be passed on to another needy family in the community. Your gift will multiply with the passing on of goats and ripple out into the community to help many families.

• The pool of money needed for goats may be already met…but other animals may be desperately needed by the project partners. And so your donation may go to help those families.

Vl. Other Items
  1. Record your volunteer hours for September on Google docs.
  2. Midtown Kiwanis presentation on November 2 -- John Brewer and Linda Eisenman will work together on this early morning event.
  3. Teresa Fung received a donation of 27 ceramic boxes from ceramicist, Jeff Drullard. We are considering using them for tabling events, living gift markets, silent auctions etc. Judy Grimshaw will send Mr. Dullard a thank you note.
Vll. Next meeting
Monday, November 5, 2012, Campus Commons Board Room 6:00 pm.
We will discuss partnering with a pair of students for a Heifer event in the spring (see item 1 above).
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Women's Empowerment is Key to Turning Oppression into Opportunity

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Tuesday, October 02, 2012 0 comments
Did you know that women are the backbone of agriculture and the key driver of food production around the world?

Here are a handful of facts to illustrate this:
  • Worldwide, 36 percent of the world’s farmers are women—compared with 34 percent for men.
  • In developing regions, the figure is much higher. In Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, 60 to 70 percent of farmers are women.
  • There are 650 million smallholder farmers in the world, and 50 to 80 percent of them are women!
  • They grow 70 percent of the food that is eaten every day and have the potential to feed the world.
Despite these impressive numbers, women still face significant disparity in the resources and support they can access, including land, credit and education.

This is unacceptable to Heifer.

Gender equity is a basic human right and an important component of international development work. By gender equity, I mean that women and men, girls and boys are valued equally and enjoy the same opportunities to achieve their full potential. When gender equity is present, there is accountability, efficiency and sustainability. At Heifer, we know what women can accomplish, and we recognize the value of empowering them. We ensure that gender equity is present in all of our projects – it’s one of our 12 Cornerstones.

For Heifer International, development is not just about offering the opportunity of a livelihood and access to basic social services; it is about creating an environment where people can realize their rights, achieve self-reliance and participate meaningfully in society.

Heifer International supports the Half the Sky Movement, which is putting an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide. We encourage you to watch Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a series on PBS October 1 and 2 (9pm Eastern) and join in our shared pledge to helping women and girls succeed so they can achieve their dreams of hope, happiness, opportunity and prosperity.

Read more about women's empowerment from Heifer's CEO and guest blogger Susan Saradon.
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