Charity Commits 1m To Help Tsunami Survivors In Long Term

Charity Commits 1m To Help Tsunami Survivors In Long Term



Heifer International, an​ organization working to​ end world hunger, has committed $1 million for​ programs that will help tsunami victims in​ South and​ Southeast Asia rebuild their lives over the​ long term.

"After the​ important relief efforts ensure the​ victims' immediate survival, Heifer International will reach out to​ help families in​ communities to​ rebuild their lives and​ livelihoods for​ the​ years to​ come," said Jo Luck, chief executive officer and​ president of​ Heifer International. "What families need now is​ hope for​ the​ future."

Over the​ next few years, Heifer's Indonesia staffers and​ partner organizations will work together to​ rebuild agricultural production, increase family incomes and​ support housing, education and​ public health efforts. the​ programs will provide training, livestock and​ related aid to​ tsunami survivors and​ farms on the​ coast of​ the​ Indonesian island of​ Sumatra and​ elsewhere in​ the​ region.

For more than 60 years, Heifer International has worked with small farming communities to​ end hunger and​ poverty with its unique approach: providing food- and​ income-producing animals and​ training to​ millions of​ resource-poor families, thereby helping entire communities become self-reliant.

First, Heifer helps a​ community group analyze its situation. it​ asks: What do you need? What are your resources? What would you like to​ see happen in​ five years? With Heifer's help, the​ community plans specific activities to​ achieve its goals.

Farmers then prepare for​ their animals' arrival by participating in​ training sessions, building sheds and​ planting trees and​ grasses. Then the​ livestock arrives, providing milk, wool, draft power, eggs and​ other resources.

All families that receive assistance from Heifer promise to​ repay their "living loans" by donating one or​ more of​ their animals' offspring to​ another family in​ need in​ their community. This practice of​ "passing on the​ gift" ensures project sustainability, develops a​ sense of​ community and​ enhances self-esteem by enabling project partners to​ become donors.

Heifer's approach is​ to​ end hunger and​ poverty one family and​ one animal at​ a​ time. Its work is​ designed to​ bring about long-term self-reliance rather than temporary relief. the​ organization operates in​ 50 nations, including the​ United States. - NU




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