Heifer Education

Change Starts with Us

We are all responsible for understanding the scope of world poverty and hunger. The choices we make in our lives can improve the lives of others.

Why education matters to us

*16.4% of Donations Fund Education Programs


In fiscal year 2014 Heifer International invested 16.4 percent of donations on educational programs.

Every person on Earth has a responsibility to understand the scope of world poverty and hunger, and what choices they can make in their lives to improve the lives of others. Our varied educational programs are designed to help bridge the gap of understanding and create global citizens who advocate for positive change.

We can change the world if everyone commits to sharing resources and caring for others.

5,325 Schools have participated in our educational programs.

75,000 Visitors experience our hands-on farm and ranch learning centers every year.

Some of our Visitor Programs Include:

15,000 Congregations actively participate in our faith-based educational programs.

20+ Community Events we host each year across the U.S. to raise awareness of global hunger and poverty.

12 Cornerstones Guide our efforts to raise awareness about the issues of world hunger and poverty

Passing On the Gift

We have all needed a helping hand in our lives. Start a cycle of positive change by helping others as you have been helped. The giving spirit grows exponentially with each person it impacts.


We're all part of communities, from the family level to the global level, so we must be accountable for our actions. Take responsibility for your place in the world. Pledge to work hard and pass on what you learn and receive.

Sharing & Caring

We can solve the world’s problems if everyone commits to sharing resources and caring for others. Take the time and energy to actively show that you care through helping others.

Sustainability & Self-Reliance

Short-term fixes don't solve long-term problems. With the right training and education, we can build strong, healthy communities that can stand up to the challenges of hunger and poverty.

Improved Animal Management

Our farmers learn how to keep their animals safe, healthy and productive. Project participants learn animal health and husbandry, integration of livestock into the ecosystem and improvement of the environment.

Nutrition & Income

Heifer farmers and their families enjoy improved diets and finances. Farmers reap rewards from their gift animal through the consumption and/or sale of products such as milk, eggs, meat, cheese, honey and wool.

Genuine Need & Justice

In many cases, poverty is a result of discrimination. Seek to empower those who are deprived of rights and privileges because of their ethnicity, sex or social status. Be generous with your time and resources, and be mindful of respecting people from different backgrounds.

Improving the Environment

Environmental degradation is a problem to which we all contribute, so we all have a responsibility to help the Earth heal. Be mindful of your choices. What you eat, how your travel and how you live affect people, animals and the world around you.

Full Participation

Everyone has something to contribute. Our actions create big change that affects everyone. Remember that the fight to end hunger and poverty calls us all to action.

Training & Education

We work with families as they learn a new way of living. Each of our farmers goes through extensive training in animal care and resource management, so that they can build a sustainable way of life.


Our common belief lies in the value of all life, a sense of connectedness to the Earth and a shared vision of the future. We are all connected by our actions and our efforts.

Gender & Family Focus

In Heifer's work, gender equity is central to success. Men and women must work side by side in equally respected roles and responsibilities for a family to create a better future.