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HELPING TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO PEACE

Helping to build a bridge to peace

Peace Begins When Hunger Ends

(ARA) - Heifer International, a nonprofit organization devoted to ending world hunger, is offering an alternative to those who are sick of the dogs of war: Cows of peace! Yes, cows! And goats, chickens, llamas, and water buffalo.

This holiday season, Americans are ready to build bridges of peace in a world that urgently needs it in light of so much tragedy and senseless loss.

The adage, "peace begins when hunger ends," reveals why gifts to Heifer International make sense. Heifer's work breaks the vicious cycle of poverty, which is both a root cause and a result of war. Since 1944, Heifer has provided communities in 47 countries worldwide with sustainable resources of livestock and agricultural training. Heifer encourages the sharing of resources, which fosters community building and reduces poverty.

Recipients of an animal from Heifer promise to pass on the gift by giving offspring of their animals to other families in need. Then those families make the same promise, and so on until an entire community has lifted itself out of poverty and into the dignity of self-reliance.

Heifer has worked to bring peace to traditionally troubled borders and throughout ethnic divisions in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Guatemala, Kosovo, Albania, North Korea and Cambodia, where competition for limited resources has often led to violent conflict. These Heifer "Peace Projects" provide a means of nourishment and income to these resource-poor areas.

One donation to Heifer International could provide a mother in Afghanistan with a flock of hardy native chickens as a source of eggs for children in dire need of protein. A donation could supply dairy goats to struggling families in Guatemala where their milk will add nutrition, and goat manure will provide organic fertilizer to increase crop yields. In Rwanda, where massive ethnic slaughter murdered more than 1 million men, women, and children, the care and feeding of Heifer-provided cows have become a rallying point for communal togetherness without ethnic segregation; ethnic groups that were enemies are now working together to restore hope for their children's future. These Heifer project partners are setting an example of what it takes to rebuild a nation.

The family of Heifer International supporters builds bridges of peace that will last a lifetime. Gifts range from $20 to $500 for a family to receive a life-changing donation of livestock and training.

To find out more about the work of Heifer International, log on to www.heifer.org, or call (800) 696-1918 for a free gift catalog.

Courtesy of ARA Content