Heifer Project

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From the Heifer Project International web site:

“We know that no single organization and no number of isolated projects can address the systemic causes of poverty and hunger. Our approach involves enhancing the capacity of vulnerable small-scale farmers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods. Multiplied by strong social capital and women’s empowerment, our work results in a sustainable solution to world hunger and poverty.”

One of the unique programs of Heifer International is to provide the ability to donate an animal or a flock of small animals to a family in need.  The animal(s) provide(s) the family with wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood.

FPUPC and The Heifer Project

A special “Blessing of the Animals” service is held at FPUPC on a Sunday during the fall of each year.  Members and friends of the congregation are invited to bring their pet animals to this service to be blessed by our ministers.  As you can imagine, this service can get quite interesting at times.

A free-will offering to support the work of Heifer International is taken at this service and the proceeds of this offering are used to purchase animals and to support other Heifer International programs where the need is greatest.