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About Heifer Hong Kong
Founded in 2000, Heifer Hong Kong is committed to alleviating poverty and meeting the needs of rural communities in Mainland China by helping farm families achieve a sustainable livelihood through animal husbandry and growing high-value crops in an eco-friendly manner.
Through multi-party cooperation, Heifer Hong Kong facilitates the development of rural cooperatives, thereby lifting smallholder farmers out of poverty and achieving integrated sustainable development in the community.
Recipient families promise to “Pass on the Gift” of livestock or the money equivalent, knowledge and skills learned to help other families become better off, setting off a multiplier effect that benefits many more families.
Until now, Heifer has implemented and funded 96 poverty alleviation projects in rural China, lifting over 310,500 impoverished farmers out of poverty.
Project in Hebei Province
55-Year-old Gao Yali’s family lives in Taizishui Village of Haliha Township in Weichang, Hebei Province. It was not easy for the couple to raise their two girls. After the daughters wedded, their financial burden was relieved. With an annual income of around 20,000 yuan, the family was just average in the village.
As Gao was enjoying her partially retired life as a grandmother, her then three-year-old grandson was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus, a genetic illness affecting the brain. Despite her elder daughter spending all her savings and even running into a debt of over 100,000 yuan, it failed to change his fate of permanent mental impairment.
It was not until 2017, after the birth of their younger grandchild, when the family experienced joy again. In the same year, the family became a Heifer Hong Kong project recipient and Gao and her elder daughter planned to raise cattle together to give their family a better life.
Unfortunately, as they were about to receive the gift cows, her elder daughter and son-in-law were killed in a car accident. This heartbreaking event not only took Gao’s older daughter from her, but also made her ten and one-year-old grandsons orphans.