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Chain of Hope

The Rocky River Elementary School International Club is hosting a special service project until February 15, 2013. The purpose of this fundraiser is to help others who are less fortunate to have a better life and continue the chain of hope. The International Club consists of second grade students and is lead by Mrs. Todd, Ms. Tyson, and Mrs. Shulman. The club meets once a week until March to learn about cultures around the world.

Your child’s class will read and discuss the book Beatrice’s Goat which is about a real life girl growing up in Uganda. Beatrice has to stay home and help mom grow food and help with her 5 brothers and sisters. Beatrice dreams of going to school to get an education and through the gift of a kind person somewhere in the world they are given a goat which in turn gives them milk and two babies. Beatrice sells the milk after the family has enough to make them healthier. The money she earns from selling the milk she then saves and eventually has enough that her mom gives her a chance to fulfill her dream of going to school. She sells one of the babies getting enough money to buy a new house with a steel roof for the family. Beatrice graduated in 2008 from a college in the USA.

Since Beatrice earned the money for selling the milk and baby goat we thought that instead of just giving your child money to donate that it might be good for them to do chores and earn the money they wish to give to purchase animals for a community/family in need somewhere. We have discussed how each person can make a difference in someone’s life even if it’s something very small.

Heifer International a nonprofit organization working to end hunger, and poverty and save the earth through gifts of farm animals and training. Heifer International has helped 4.5 million people in 60 years strive for self-reliance in 128 countries including the US.
Instead of providing hungry families with temporary sources of food Heifer provides the animals to a family to make them healthier and to improve their standard of living just by what the animal can provide such as milk from a cow or goat, eggs from poultry, draft power from water buffalo or wool from llamas. They also provide training in animal care and in farming methods that preserve the environment. Each family in turn passes on these gifts to another family in need, creating a chain of hope that lifts entire communities.

The students are really excited to be able to make a difference by donating money to buy these animals and seeds to help families around the world.

Written by: Brenda Todd and Heather Shulman
Posted: Jan 30, 2013 by Heather Shulman

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