In the Southern Philippines, volunteers helped project participants learn methods and strategies for improved animal health. A photo story by Heifer Southern Philippines Regional Program Manager Jun Ayensa.
Families from the Miao ethnic minority group in Gui Xi Village, a key poverty alleviation and development village in southeastern China, took part in the village’s first Passing on the Gift® ceremonies on April 20 and 22, 2013.
Tran Thi Cuc Huong and her husband, Nguyen Van Lieu, joined a Heifer project in Vietnam unofficially in May of 2012, after another project family forfeited their cow. This family is constantly innovating, building on old methods while implementing new business and environmental conservation techniques. They have used the support of Heifer Vietnam to enhance their efforts, with very promising results.
On May 2, 2013, Marleen New, director of global partnerships and alliances, anda Carol Moore, manager of global partnership development, both from Heifer International headquarters, visited communities involved in Heifer Vietnam projects to see the implementation firsthand and hear the stories of participants.
A team from Heifer visited successful dairy farms in Southern Philippines to better prepare them to design and implement a dairy project that will ensure success for at least 1,000 beneficiary families. “This is the first time Heifer Philippines will be implementing a dairy project, just knowing that 1,000 original families will benefit from this deepens our dedication to explore, learn and apply best practices from successful dairy practitioners,” Heifer Philippines Country Director Herc Paradiang said.
Steve Denne, chief operating officer for Heifer International, and Padma Singh, Asia South Pacific Director of Programs, visited the Philippines April 12-18, 2013, and met with office staff, partners, project participants and potential donors.
In March and April 2013, Heifer Cambodia self-help groups, with support from project partners, organized seven ceremonies to celebrate the Passing on the Gift® of livestock, horticulture, knowledge and skills.
At the foot of a snowy mountain in Tibet sits Dan Nu Village, a semi-farming, semi-pasturing community where people make their living farming and raising livestock. Participants from the villages of Xue Ba, Zhi Ba and Da Nu gathered here for a Passing on the Gift ® (POG) ceremony and to celebrate their success.
On April 23-28, 2013, Heifer Cambodia staff attended Heifer International’s 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development Training with representatives from eight other countries in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
A Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop was held for Heifer Southern Philippines partners, introducing a new survey tool guided by Heifer’s Theory of Change. Nilda Udarbe, community facilitator for the Developing Dairy Zones for Smallholder Farmers in Agusan del Norte Dairy project said, “Before, we used to have fewer partner families but it took us a long time to complete the consolidation process. But now with this system, once encoding is complete we can readily see the results in a more accurate and systematic way.”