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Health Science Students Helping Others
Health Science clubs from Cuthbertson, Forest Hills, Piedmont and Weddington High schools came together to purchase a gift from Heifer International. Heifer International is an organization that helps end hunger and poverty around the world. The organization brings hope and help to impoverished communities worldwide through livestock and agriculture. The families receive training on both proper animal care and sustainable agricultural practices. One of the additional features of the project is the families who receive the animals are required to share the offspring with others in the village.
The four schools combined their money and bought the â€œJoy to the Worldâ€ collection. This included two sheep, four goats, a heifer, and two llamas. The animals are given to hardworking poor families and will provide them with rich nutrients and daily provisions needed to survive. The goats and heifer provide milk for food, sheep and llamas and supply wool for clothes. Llamas are also used as pack animals to transport goods to and from market.
Weddington WHOS (Weddington Health Occupations Students) club president, Mike Bazzi noted, â€œIt is rewarding to know we are helping others in needâ€. WHOS vice-president, Emily Harvey promoted the project to the membership saying, â€œThis is not just giving something to someone in need, itâ€™s giving a family or a village a way to get out of poverty. Many families sell the excess milk or wool to raise needed cash to send the children to schoolâ€.
Written by: Janet Brower, Health Science teacher
Posted: Mar 05, 2012 by Cheryl Edwards