One of the perks of writing a chicken blog is that I get to be a magnet for all things poultry. I get chicken-subject-lined emails almost every day, which might not be just everyone’s cup of chicken soup but it makes my world go round.
Yesterday I got one of those emails from Polloplayer correspondent Tina. She sent me a link for an organization called the International Rescue Committee, which serves refugees and war-affected populations. For just $30, you can donate a flock of chickens to a family struggling to rebuild in a country torn apart by strife or natural disaster. To donate or learn more about the organization, which gets a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, go to http://gifts.rescue.org/product/rebuilding/flock-chickens
You can also donate chickens – and goats – through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization serving children in impoverished countries through individual sponsorship. For $100 you can donate a goat and two chickens, providing desperately-needed nutrition to families on the edge of survival in the poorest areas of the world. To donate livestock, clean water or a micro-loan through World Vision (also rated four stars by Charity Navigator), you can access their gift catalog here: http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/ibeCZzpHome.jsp?a=b
Heifer International is a third organization that matches families in crisis with livestock to provide food and income. Founded in 1944 by a Church of the Brethern relief worker, Heifer International’s mission is to “end hunger and poverty and care for the earth”. Through their catalog, you can donate a veritable Noah’s Ark of animals: camels, llamas, pigs, rabbits, chickens and even water buffalo: https://secure1.heifer.org/gift-catalog/?msource=kw2792&gclid=CMHy8KLc6awCFewaQgodPmzmIg. Heifer receives three stars from Charity Navigator.
One thing I like about these gifting options is that it allows us to make a big difference for, well, pretty much the cost of chicken feed. Yet for the families served by these organizations, a flock of chickens can signify hope, or even survival. Just more proof that all around the world, chickens = happiness.