Heifer International in India

Four young girls in the village of Bagad-Rajput, India - Brigitte Lacombe Photography


I always thought if I had the opportunity to go back to India that this time around I'd like to do volunteer and charity work for a non-profit organization. I was almost able to do this when I was given the opportunity to teach English to young children at a government school near my home in Bangalore, but after many delays in the program, I left India before I was able to begin.

Heifer International, a non profit organization dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty, has recently gotten in touch with me to help spread the word about their organization and also their very recent accomplishment: In April 2010, they traveled to Rajasthan and "sat with women from five villages who shared stories of their journeys from oppression and poverty to empowerment". Their trip was documented through photographs and videos and  "provide a glimpse into the lives of the women who are working diligently to change the course of the future for their daughters and their communities."

There are so many ways one can get involved and help out. I feel happy doing my part for now, which is spreading the word. Any little bit helps. Women and children all over the world should have access to education and the training needed to move ahead in life and feel powerful and good about themselves.


  1. I know it’s not nearly the same magnitude as the group mentioned in this post, but I got to take part in a small bit of charity when I visited my husband’s village in South India back in 2007. A little bit of background: my husband’s father passed away in 1995 to cancer, and since then everyone in the family (US-based brothers) donates money which the family still in India then takes and arranges for different charities within the village in their father’s name. One of the things they’ve done was build a bus shelter, which proudly displays my husband’s father’s name on it. They also donate time, money and food to the local village schools each year. I got to experience first hand what the family does with the local schools which was an amazing experience. To see the little village children’s eyes light up when presented with food and treats was so sweet. I’ll never forget the first stop of our day to a small school with elementary school-aged children. It was small, dirty and the kids had no desks. They sat on the floor in the extreme heat and I found it a wonder that they could concentrate in such conditions. Of course, growing up that way they’re probably used to it, but for someone like me it was a huge contrast to what I had growing up in the US. The whole trip to India was an eye-opening experience for me and most definitely an amazing one. It really helped me to appreciate the things we have here. It also made me appreciate more where my husband came from and the conditions in which he grew up. Villages are most certainly worlds apart from cities (at least from my experience of the places I visited). It felt so good to take part in helping out the village people, and the gratitude of the people was overwhelming. At the last school visit of the day, they wowed us with amazing presentations by the school kids and warm words of gratitude. Even though nobody spoke English, they had me stand up and say a few words to the kids. Wow, biggest audience I ever had! LOL Just this tiny bit of charity experience was so rewarding and I would love to do it again and look forward to the next time we can visit my husband’s mother country.

  2. wow klak! This sounds like an amazing experience and how wonderful of your husband’s family to do what they are doing. I would be honored to call them my family. Thank you for sharing this story with us! You must have amazing memories (and pictures!) from your experience. I hope to do the same one day. Please let us know if your family has a website or other ways to connect and donate.

    • Thanks MDG! Gotta love digital cameras, I think we probably took a few thousand pictures during my trip! LOL I had never been anywhere outside of the US, so this being my first international trip I was just clicking away at everything I saw! I have some pictures of my India trip up on picasa (I can send you a link offline if you’d like to see), but still need to work on getting the rest up there! *blush*

  3. Dear Sir,

    Sarvodaya Youth Organization (SYO) is a secular, grass root non-government and non-profit making organization established in the year 1993. It is registered under Indian Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 and Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976 (FCRA No. 0010360067). It is formed to promote and enhance sustainable rural, tribal and urban development through livelihood promotion and to create opportunities to the vulnerable and disadvantage sections of the community In order to enhance their social-economic status. The Organization is working in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh in India.

    In the process of spreading our services, we are associated with few Govt. and Private agencies. It is well known fact that telengana Region is backward Region with most of people belonging to tribal and dalit communities.There is a dire need to put into action for many development activities through which community would be enlightened. Though there are agencies, but very few are with limited resources, where they are unable to reach out many.

    In this course we had come to know of your esteemed organization and your emancipation in supporting the down trodden through organization like us.Hence this request you to provide us application form/ guidelines.
    In this course of action we are approaching you to kindly furnish us with the activities to which you render your support and your key areas of interest with specified application form / guidelines of your esteemed foundation.

    We are looking forward for your kind and positive response, so that we would have a long term association for the common cause.

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    Yours truly.

    Sarvodaya Youth Organization
    # 2-5-7, Opp: Head post lane, Hanamkonda
    Warangal-506 001
    Andhra Pradesh

  4. What¡¦s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & aid other customers like its helped me. Good job.

  5. Dear sir’

    I m working in remote area in Gujarat at Valsad district and Dharampur Taluka and i want our tribal women to join this heifer project so please help us in joining the project through this they will be empowered financially as well as will improve their poor life style.Thanks

    Bharti Macwan
    G K V R Bilpudi

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