Altrusa supports Heifer Project
Altrusa International of Roseburg raised $600 for the Heifer Project in Cambodia, where one in three people live in poverty and 40 percent of the children are chronically malnourished. The Heifer Project reaches out to families in eight of Cambodia’s poorest districts to break this cycle.
In partnership with the Improving Income and Nutrition Through Community Empowerment Project, the Heifer Project helps rural poverty-stricken people by providing pigs, chickens, cows, llamas, vegetable seeds, tree seedlings, and more. The recipients are then trained to use these things to make their farm plots more capable of sustaining the families who live there. The livestock they receive may produce milk, eggs, fleece for clothing, or the means to cultivate the land for crops. Surplus items can be sold, offering income opportunities.
At the heart of these projects is the core value of passing on the gift. When families receive the necessary training and supplies to begin relieving their poverty, they are asked to teach their neighbors how to do the same. Offspring from the original livestock are given to those neighbors, who repeat the process with their neighbors, eventually benefiting the majority of the community.
Anyone interested in learning more about Altrusa or its activities is welcome to contact a local member.