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Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough.

And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow?

That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.



  1. Nurture a love of reading while helping others with our reading incentive program When your students Read to Feed, they practice key literacy skills and help families in need. It's easy to start fundraising and engage your students in global learning with our free educational resources. Get...
  2. Heifer Internationalworks to end hunger and poverty in partnership with the communities we serve. Theirprograms support entrepreneurs around the world, creating lasting change from the ground up. It begins with a seed investment of livestock or agriculture, followed by mentorship to help project...
  3. Abstract, Food Policy, 2014 International animal donation programs have become an increasingly popular way for people living in developed countries to transfer resources to families living in developing countries. We evaluate the impact of Heifer International’s dairy cow and meat goat donation...
  4. Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to...
  5. in order to get a more comprehensive picture of Heifer Project's field operations, our country directors were assigned topics which would elaborate on their particular program approach and allow all of us to learn from their special skills and experiences.
  6. This book will examine and analyze the complex nature of Passing on the Gift. (Sharing with another person or organization something of equal or greater value than that which you have received)
  7. This publication lists major bullet points for developing a lecture on small scale rabbit farming.

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