Owning a nanny goat can change your life in District 12. The animals can live off almost anything, the Meadow’s a perfect feeding place, and they can give four quarts of milk a day. To drink, to make into cheese, to sell. (from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
When I read this quote, I thought immediately of an organization that recognizes the life-changing possibilities of owning a single animal for people living in poverty around the world, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s called Heifer International, and this organization allows people to donate money to purchase an animal that will be given to a family in need, along with training about caring for and utilizing the animal. As they say on their website, “By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.” And that empowerment is then shared because the families who get an animal agree to give one of the animal’s offspring to another family.
By donating funds to purchase an animal, you can very tangibly change a family’s life. I hope you’ll take a look at their website, and consider making a donation in honor of someone you love or as a gift for someone.