East Georgia State College
Ron Ellison Spearheads Heifer International Project at EGSC
East Georgia State College’s Assistant Professor of Speech and Drama, Ron Ellison, is spearheading a Heifer International Project at EGSC. The project involved raising funds to purchase bees, materials, instructions and training for impoverished communities in Africa. Through Heifer International, a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities, Ellison has successfully raised enough funds to reach the project goal by creating the EGSC Bee Challenge, a fund raising game whereby faculty members challenge each other to answer trivia question.
Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary soldiers once a day was not enough. And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow?
That "teach a man to fish" philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires the work to end hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.
Heifer International empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but their approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps brings sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Heifer’s animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.