How to Change the World One Goat at a Time

February 4, 2008

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child-with-goatx300.jpgQuestion: What do you and goats have in common?

Answer: Together you can change the world.

In today’s incredibly modern world it’s hard to imagine how something as simple as a goat could save someone’s life. But it can.

Imagine arriving home from a long day of work to find a noisy, smelly goat standing right in the middle of your living room. You’d probably be pretty pissed off. You’d wonder how the hell it got there, and who you could call to get rid of it.

But if you were a mother with starving children to feed living in a small village in Africa, you’d rejoice at the site of a goat.

Why? Because goats produce a ton (literally) of nutritious milk each year. You’d also be able to use the goat’s manure to fertilize crops, thus greatly improving your crop yield.

Yes, talking about goat shit is gross, but please don’t let that keep you from finishing this article. I do have an important point and if you’re willing, I’ll show you an easy way to help change the world.

Consider these facts:

> Fact: Half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day (nearly three billion people).*

> Fact: Approximately 800 million people in the developing world are chronically undernourished.*

> Fact: 30,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world”. *

> Fact: Goats can make a difference.

> Fact: Talking about goat shit is still gross, so this is the last time I’ll mention it. But the above statistics are so horrifying, that I thought a little comic relief was in order. But please keep reading so we can make the above statistics a thing of the past.

Even if you’re a fast reader, 20 to 30 children will die before you finish this article. It’s horrify and overwhelming, but goats can help.

When looking at the daunting challenge of eradicating world poverty it’s easy to become discouraged. But don’t be, you can help. Even though you can’t help everyone, you can help someone. When it comes to saving human lives no contribution is ‘statistically insignificant’.

This is where the goats come in. Heifer International is a charitable organization that provides gifts of livestock and training to needy families around the world in an effort to eradicate poverty and hunger.

Ever heard the proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”? That’s exactly what Heifer does. They teach people to fish. Actually they provide livestock (goats, cows, sheep, ducks, rabbits, fish, llamas, and even bees) and training. Thus empowering people to raise themselves out of poverty.


Why am I such an enthusiastic supporter of Heifer international? Because their approach is simple, practical, and sustainable. Not to mention, it works!

When you support Heifer international you’re not giving money - you’re investing it. Investing it in a long term solution that helps eradicate poverty and world hunger.

Heifer is not like one of those stupid charities that celebrities support like ‘people for the separation of conjoined poodles’. Heifer’s work is meaningful (no disrespect to conjoined poodles).


Here’s how you can help Heifer achieve its mission: Heifer publishes a catalog listing the cost of various livestock and services they provide. You can browse the online catalog here or request a print version by calling (800) 422-0474. The print version is a great way to share Heifer’s work with others, it’s very informative and well put together.

Here’s how it works: Let’s say you purchase a goat through the Heifer catalog for $120. Heifer then uses your $120 contribution to provide livestock and training to needy families all over the world. Heifer accepts contributions of any size, I just like the idea of investing in goats – not sure why, I just do.

It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Another key component of the Heifer strategy is that they require the families they help to “pass the gift along” once they pull themselves out of poverty.

So after the Heifer supported family has been in the goat business awhile, and their goats have made sweet, sweet goat love a few times. They’ll then be able to pass the kids (baby goats) along to another family in their village or community. That family will then in turn do the same, thus exponentially multiplying your charitable investment for years to come.

Please join me in supporting Heifer International by making a contribution today. Also, let your friends and family know how they can help Heifer international achieve its mission of eradicating poverty and hunger. Print this article out, email it, sharing it with everyone who will listen and together, with goats, we can change the world!

Finally, if you’re looking for a way to get organized and help Heifer at the same time, check out the WIP card project at The WIP card project has raised $255 for heifer international. That translates to approximately 2.13 goats! Thanks, everyone for your support, the WIP card project met its mission and is now closed!


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One Response to “How to Change the World One Goat at a Time”

  1. Aunt Phyllis :-) on February 26th, 2009 9:59 am

    Your mother is right here and gave me your website (which I probably already had around here somewhere), and I have NO idea what I’m supposed to do now that I’m here, so she told me to leave a comment. My comment would probably be that I don’t know what to do now that I’m here, but I do have a question… Is this what’s called a “blog”? Can’t wait to see you! :-) XO

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