“Sometimes All It Takes To Save A Child Is A Goat”
Did you know that by paying your electricity bill, you can help end poverty? It’s true – thanks to an alliance between North American Power and Heifer International.
Poverty has many faces. From Nepal to the Arkansas Delta, millions of people around the world are challenged with food insecurity every single day. Faced with the choice of paying the energy bill or buying groceries, some go without lights or heating to make sure their children are fed. If faced with the same dilemma, what would you do?
Heifer International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Heifer’s proven approach to helping people obtain sustainable sources of food and income ensure that fewer mothers and fathers have to make the decision between the necessities of life like electricity and nourishment.
Families who for generations knew only poverty and oppression are building new homes, starting new businesses, and providing for their families, allowing them the dignity and empowerment to lift themselves out of poverty. Children who once headed out to the fields to perform backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn how to read and write.
How is this possible? Heifer’s model is pretty simple: We provide farm animals like goats, cows, chickens or pigs. We also provide lots of intense training on animal health and well-being, sustainable farming practices, and community empowerment. Only after a community has received rigorous training on how to properly feed and take care of their animals does it receive the livestock, which in turn provide them with nourishment, materials and the ability to sell excess products at market—wool, milk, yogurt, cheese, meat… By starting these mini-businesses, many families find they are finally able to afford to send their children to school, pay for medical care or improve their homes, perpetuating a new cycle of hope and opportunity.
For every North American Power customer who selects Heifer International as their charity of choice, Heifer will receive a $1 donation to help families in countries that desperately need your help. You can do it. You can make a world of difference. Select Heifer International every month when you pay your bill, and pretty soon, that goat will be on its way to a family in need, and you’ve just saved a life.