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Heifer Update for November 2023

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How many times a day do you turn on a faucet to get water? Water to drink, a pan of water for cooking, a hose to water plants or maybe wash the car. Millions of people around the world still lack access to a most precious commodity – water! Many families do not have running water in their home. Many don’t even have a well close by. Instead they spend each day fetching water. This is a chore often left to the children, especially girls, leaving no time for school.

In Nepal, every year, Tara Devi Mahato would scan the skies, searching for that precious commodity that keeps her fields productive, rain. “Rain patters can make or break us”, she said. That was until a local cooperative teamed with Heifer. They sunk a 90’ deep well, equipped it with hoses and electric motors. Now Mahato and 30 other farming families can irrigate their vegetables year-round.

In Guatemala, Zoila and Francisco teamed with the Heifer Project “Green Business Belt Project”. Their crops of Cinnamon and Allspice are what feeds their families, houses them, educates them and keeps them healthy. Before the project, Francisco would travel up to six miles a day to search out water, which then was stored in barrels and jars for home use. Their crops of 2,000 pounds would leave them with about $380.00. After the Heifer Project it gave them easy access to water, their income increased almost 10-fold to $3,300.00. “No organization has come like Heifer. They train us and value our participation”, Zoila says.

These are just two of the many success stories that were achieved through donations like ours, to give new lives to small farmers, here and around the world. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Heifer Project in any way.

Heifer Update November 11, 2023

Norman Rice – former Mayor of Seattle, Washington once said “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” As I thought about that, I realized that is what our Heifer Project is all about – – reaching into the darkness of Hunger and Poverty and pulling the Poor and Hungry into the light of a new life. “Praise God”.

This past month, this month and the next 2 months we are focusing on “Water 4 All”.

Last month’s “Passing the Basket” brought us $113.00. Thank you.

September 1 our Bank Balance was          $ 8.00

September Deposits were                       $404.00

Donations were                                        $300.00

October 1 Balance was                            $112.00

Donations last month were 2 Irrigation Pumps. Matching funds provided 5 Flocks of Chicks – 2 of Ducks – 1 Flock of Geese – 1 Hope Basket and 1 Irrigation Pump. Next on the donation list is a Water Buffalo. It happened yesterday. Next up – Fish – 3 Schools of Fish or about 5,000 Fingerlings.

Now a story from Guatemala where Zoila and Francisco live. They put up with excessive flooding, followed by long periods of drought. Francisco would spend many hours a day searching for water – sometimes traveling 6 miles a day to find water – then bring it home and store it in jars and barrels for home use. Cinnamon and Allspice were the crops they relied on to sustain their family. Their crops also needed water. In stepped Heifer. In 2020 they adopted the “Heifers Green Business Belt” Project. They taught the Guatemalan farmers how to better cope with the floods, and the long droughts that followed. They helped them scale up capacity and gain access to high value markets.

In the past, Zoila and Francisco’s harvest of 2,000 pounds of Allspice was sold at 16 – 19 cents a pound, which would net them about $775.00. With the help from Heifer they adopted more productive farming, manufacturing and marketing techniques. Their 2022 harvest brought in $3,300.00 for their Allspice which sold for 77 cents a pound. With the extra income they purchased a “Rainwater Harvesting System” which includes two 449-gallon storage tanks. The search for water has gotten much easier. And, our “WATER 4 All” will benefit many more of God’s poor and hungry.

Thank you!

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