Jaqueline Adolphe was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti when the earthquake started last January.
In the weeks after the quake, Jaqueline and her neighbors received staples like rice, beans and sugar from international aid organizations to avoid starving. Maybe you’re one of the millions who donated to make that possible. But the real lifeline she needed was an invaluable gift that lasts to this day: two goats from Heifer International.
Here’s the thing about goats: They can thrive on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. They can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day -- a ton of milk a year. Extra milk can be used to make cheese, butter or yogurt, or sold so families can save up to educate a child.
And goats often have two or three kids a year, making it easy for people like Jacqueline to pass on the gift of a goat to another family in need.
By giving families a hand-up, Heifer empowers them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
In Haiti and throughout the world, more than 12 million families like Jaqueline’s that faced seemingly insurmountable odds now have hope and a future because of Heifer's model of providing live, geographically appropriate animals -- whether they’re chickens, goats, alpacas or cows. But there are many, many more who could use your help in the same way.