During the past holiday season, HOSA clubs from Cuthbertson, Weddington, Forest Hills, and Piedmont High Schools came together to purchase a gift called “Joy to the World” from Heifer International. Heifer International is an organization that inspires students to help end hunger and poverty around the world. The gift included two sheep, four goats, a heifer, and two llamas. “It was fun to be able to collaborate with the other schools to help make a difference,” said CHS senior, Brianna Peters. The animals are given to hardworking poor families and will provide them with rich nutrients and daily provisions needed to survive.
Heifer International gives the families training on both proper animal care and sustainable agricultural practices. The “Joy to the World” collection is a gift that keeps on giving because the animals are used for so many different purposes. The goats and heifer provide milk for food, sheep and llamas supply wool for clothes. Llamas are also used as pack animals to transport goods to and from market. Many families sell the excess milk or wool to raise needed cash to send the children to school.
CHS senior Taylor Plattenburg said, “It was a great opportunity to reach out to other countries without actually going there.” “It’s great to know that the gift will last and help provide for the families for a long time,” said CHS senior Kate Campbell. Piedmont High School students Katie Veasey and Deanna Adler said they liked knowing that in some small way they have helped ease world hunger.
HOSA students from Forest Hills held a school-wide fund raiser for their contribution. Much of the money donated came from the student population, the rest from their own treasury. HOSA President Shivangi Patel and Activities Coordinator Jocelyn Parham headed up the fundraiser at the school and were both also happy to help others.
Weddington WHOS (Weddington Health Occupations Students) club president, Mike Bazzi noted, “It is rewarding to know we are helping others in need." WHOS vice-president Emily Harvey promoted the project to the membership saying, “This is not just giving something to someone in need, it’s giving a family or a village a way to get out of poverty. One of the additional features of the project is that the families who receive the animals are required to share the offspring with others in the village."
For more information on the Heifer International Foundation, visit http://www.heiferfoundation.org/