Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Heifer International

Just wondering? If Heifer International is based out of Little Rock, Arkansas then is it safe to say that there would be no food to plate issues in Arkansas? Just a question I was wondering about in lieu of food security issues......does any one know the answer? Anyone? Anyone?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Define "food to plate." Arkansas is primarily an agri state and the leading rice producer in the country but hunger is still an issue.

Val said...

anonymous,
Being that it is an agrarian state...food to plate..food grown in that area making it to the plates of those that live there. I had no idea they grew rice there!Shwa! Here I thought Cali had the corner on that one...I learn something new every day. I am glad you chimed in. I know on the HI website you can specify your donations to southern areas of the US, so I am curious how much effort is made to ensure our own people are given that hand up, and educate them to grow their own food, or are the southern regions by passed, after all they live in one of the most prosperous nations so the funds go elsewhere....just some questions that roll around in my skull from time to time.

Cowgirl

Pookie said...

Having lived in AR for the past 35 years, I can tell you that I grew up on welfare and had never heard of Heifer Intl. until we visited them for a field trip in Jr. High school.
BUT what was "poverty" to me growing up is still luxury to many around the world and even in parts of the U.S. Even though our electricity or water would be shut off at times for us not paying the bills, I always had access to these things somewhere. There was always a place I could go to take a shower or a way for me to keep warm in the winter. Church members would frequently give us clothes or food if they were aware of our needs. A school bus would come pick me up every day to take me to school, where I received an education and a hot lunch.
Although I've never been to these places, I've read that there are parts of the U.S., particularly in mountain and coal mine areas, where children do not have access to these things. I saw a presentation given during a homeschool field trip to Heifer last year where they broke down the different projects they have going in different countries and in the U.S. and what they were doing in each place. The poverty that was described and the pictures of these places were nothing that I've ever seen around here.
Something else I wanted to point out is that since there are so many farmers in this state, I don't really see the need for an organization like Heifer to assist us in learning to grow our own foods. The knowledge and resources are available to anyone who wishes to learn it. Where there is a will, there is a way! I believe that the problems we have here have less to do with lack of resources and more to do with mismanagement or lack of motivation. It's just easier for some people to live off of government hand-outs than to WORK for their food. I saw time and again growing up, the "poor" of my community sitting around complaining of having nothing...but always finding the money for beer and cigarettes and cokes.
Ah, I could go on, but I'll shut up. That's just the perspective of one poor girl who appreciates the opportunities she's been given, so take it for what it's worth. ;-)