A Charitable Idea for a New Year Resolution

Posted: December 23, 2010 in baby animals, Charity, chinese, do it, environmentalism, feel-good, Heifer International, libertarian, Uncategorized

It’s that warm, fuzzy optimistic time of year. So it’s time for me to hit you up to do some good. I have long admired the work of a charity that, according to last year’s Better Business Bureau’s report, only spends 6% on administrative costs.

Heifer Project International is a humanitarian assistance organization that works to end world hunger. Through livestock, training and passing on the gift, Heifer has helped 8.5 million families in more than 125 countries improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance. Heifer helps build strong communities because each project participant agrees to pass on the gift of animal offspring, training, or skills to another family in need. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving by actually creating wealth in the form of equity in livestock and following the advice of the old Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

How best to help? Here’s an idea:

Dinner (or Cocktail Party) & A Movie With Heifer International

Invite friends and/or family to share a special night in your home! Enjoy Heifer’s documentary “12 Stones”! The Award-Winning short film is free for you to use! “12 Stones” is a beautiful and evocative film by acclaimed filmmaker Sandy Smolan. It documents Heifer International’s work with illiterate women in Nepal and their journey out of poverty to self-reliance. Deeply moving, with breathtaking cinematography by Jacek Laskus and narrated by Diane Lane, “12 Stones” captures the remarkable transformation these women have undergone, and illuminates Heifer’s mission to work with communities to end hunger and poverty in an environmentally sound manner.

Order a free “12 Stones” DVD by calling (800) 422-0474 or filling out this request form

You can also download the Pass on the Gift Dinner and a Movie guide. This fun resource contains recipes for traditional Nepali food and instructions for how to incorporate games, good food, and Nepali tradition into your Pass on the Gift event. Share insight on conditions and opportunities in Nepal to inspire your guests to pass on their own gifts as a part of your event.

This video is an excerpt from the “12 Stones” DVD. Visit Heifer.org to learn more.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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