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A Gift for Women Worldwide from Heifer International

A Gift for Women Worldwide from Heifer International

“I’m giving my mom the perfect gift for Mother’s Day: HOPE.”
~Eleanor Lambert, speaking of her mother, Diane Lane

Join actress Diane Lane’s daughter, Eleanor Lampert, in giving the gift that will keep on giving. The joy of learning about the ways to help others perhaps is the greatest gift that can be shared between mother and child. Heifer International is outfitting the world with animals, education, and support. Moo! —
Editor’s Note from Susan Lutz

“My mom is a strong woman. On a Heifer International study tour to Rwanda, she and I saw other strong women working hard to feed their families with the gifts of livestock and training from Heifer. Since then, I’ve worked to support Heifer and I urge you to join us. Heifer’s WiLD (Women in Livestock Development) Fund supports projects made up exclusively of women… It’s the perfect gift for women worldwide.”

Diane Lane first heard of Heifer International at a party at the Los Angeles home of friends Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, where she mingled with guests, petted a llama and learned how livestock and community development can overcome poverty.

Soon after, she started thinking seriously about seeing Heifer’s work for herself and giving her daughter a look at a world beyond the Hollywood hills.

So when she and daughter Eleanor, 15, arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, in August 2008, they came as regular study tour members. Though famous for her starring roles in such movies as The Perfect Storm, Under the Tuscan Sun and Unfaithful, Lane wanted her visit to Rwanda to be a non-celebrity undertaking. On this trip, the Oscar-nominated actress focused on exposing her child to a wider worldview.

Seeing Heifer’s work firsthand left Lane with a new understanding of hope amid impoverished conditions.

“To bring the poor out of that kind of poverty is critical. The bottom line is we are all human and we have a basic set of requirements, and the unfairness of deep poverty is hard to witness without acting against it. Witnessing that kind of poverty within the frame of reference of Heifer’s work is profoundly inspiring,” she said. “For my daughter and me to behold some healing of those wounds made all the difference for me as a mother.”

This Spring, Eleanor is honoring her mom with a WiLD gift — a gift Eleanor knows firsthand will go to help women around the world come out of poverty. Will you join her and honor a special woman in your life this year?

Give a WiLD Gift.
Honor a Woman in Your Life.

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6:53AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

well, they have jungle trees. so how do we turn this, or help them turn it into a lush farm land? they need greenhouse, not goats

in no time. that land will look like the Sahara desert

education, irrigation, westernization, industrialization will save the world

6:04AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

I would have NEVER signed your petition if I knew you were facilitating the use of animals as a way to solve world hunger OR any other problems the world faces! YOU are doing more long term harm than short term good! RESPECT OPINIONS you say?? Take some action that is NOT ridiculous and it may be possible to respect your organization.

1:43PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

I respect other people's opinions, and some of them had valid points about how recipients would be able to provide for their gift animals. However, they normally only get one animal, which is used to provide milk for their families with some left over to sell, they aren't eating them. Breeding the animals provides more animals to produce more product and animals to sell, also bringing in income.

In many poor countries, if a child doesn't have shoes, a uniform, or school fees they aren't allowed an education. More money means money to provide schooling for family members.

There are numerous ways to help others to a path out of poverty and I applaud all the worthy individuals and organizations that do their part. If you don't approve of Heifer International then I encourage you to funnel your donations to a charity that is more aligned to your personal outlook.

I'm thankful to live in a country where even though I'm poor and jobless at the moment, I and my children are healthy. We have access to education, food we don't have to raise or glean ourselves, clean water, electricity, and can sleep at night without worrying about being bombed or attacked.

2:43PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

an animal rights acitivist's worst nightmare! the'd rather see them education, irrigation and learn to make use of what kind of land and "leave the animals alone".

because you know...
what ever it is they say. they say a lot of things. But I don't belive some land can be used to grow crops when a goat or cow eating tough grass we can't eat can.

why isn't there a vegan version of this? "bean international" or "potato international". "hemp international"

12:45PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

petition signed, thnx.

2:01PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

I've given & recieved gifts before. It's the best kind of gift. =)

7:55PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

I think is a wonderful organization! I love that they supply actual, useful items and skills to areas who can really use the help rather than food that may spoil or money that can get stolen by the local government of whatever country. The animals can make a huge difference in some of those communities. I also like that you can even help people in the U.S. To those who complain that it's not vegan, not everyone has the option be so picky about what they receive. I would imagine that such valuable and hard to come by commodities as meat, feather, eggs, milk, leather, etc would be very welcome. Not everyone in the world has the benefit of being able to go to Whole Foods and buy cart loads of organic veggies and hop on their computer to find recipes that work for their diet and are going to give them the nutrients they need. Not to mention if farming worked well in frozen tundras, deserts, and the savannas, they wouldn't be starving.

4:50AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Hate the mindset that help requires exploitation of animals and the land... I'm being extreme, but if you want be expoitative, it seems you might as well teach these women how to become madams -- it would be far more profitable and would cater to a massive existing market...

And, before anyone slags me, understand that I come from the feminist mindset that sees the patriarchal exploitation and subjugation of women as a parallel to how animals are treated. Instead, why can't we take the opportunity to empower and elevate compassion at the same time -- on all fronts?

12:56AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Nice idea - thank you for sharing it.

10:48PM PST on Nov 6, 2012


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