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September 29, 2004 5:37 PM   Subscribe

Dude, sending money to other starving dudes is so...abstract. Give the needy what they need. Like ducks or something!
posted by holloway (16 comments total)

 
If you do donate, please announce what you've donated in the following format.
Donated Animal:
Noise the donated animal makes:

ps. previously posted in 2001
posted by holloway at 5:40 PM on September 29, 2004


it looks different from the site that comes up around the holidays to buy a cow or sheep, etc on the hunger site-- i wonder how many there are...

i really wanted to get people together to buy a sheep
posted by ethylene at 5:53 PM on September 29, 2004


also previously posted in June 2004. But let's not waste another opportunity to mock out charities and the people who give to them! Say, do you think Oprah knows about this yet? I've been meaning to write to her anyway...
posted by obloquy at 5:56 PM on September 29, 2004


Donated Animal: Flock of ducks.
Noise the donated animal makes: Quack!
posted by holloway at 6:00 PM on September 29, 2004


Donated Animal: Road Runner.
Noise the donated animal makes: Meep! Meep!
posted by quonsar at 6:18 PM on September 29, 2004


Donated Animal: Republican.
Noise the donated animal makes: "evil, terra, saddam..."

(seriously, these animals are very expensive...are they that expensive in the countries they'd be going to?)
posted by amberglow at 7:07 PM on September 29, 2004


*puts sheep in envelope, waits for mailman*
posted by dg at 7:37 PM on September 29, 2004


If this site offered ponies, MetaFilter could co-opt.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:50 PM on September 29, 2004


Donated Anima:l fish
Noise the donated animal makes: flush
posted by bingbangbong at 8:03 PM on September 29, 2004


bingbangbong wins! : >;
posted by amberglow at 8:06 PM on September 29, 2004


Donated Animal: llama
Noise the donated animal makes: haven't an effing clue. I do know that they walk around with their lower lip stuck way out though.
posted by Fezboy! at 8:35 PM on September 29, 2004


I've run three successful donation drives on my site for Heifer Hong Kong; the latest started at the beginning of September and closed a week later.

Heifer has a good track record with the way they use the funds and more importantly, the way they teach families good animal husbandry.
posted by bwg at 9:18 PM on September 29, 2004


Those animals are *so* cute! OK, now it's my turn:

Donated Animal: Goose
Noise the Donated Animal Makes: HONK! Or, put another way, Gänse schnattern!

Actually, the DUCK link is better - you can click to hear a duck quack!

Damn, that's fun. I love animal noises. In fact, about two hours ago, I was listening to the mini-See & Say toy that was given to me by a co-worker. "The cow says..."
posted by davidmsc at 9:46 PM on September 29, 2004


I gave US$500 to Heifer 2 years ago. Since then I have found more immediate charities to my liking, but Heifer is a very good charity, founded by some very good people that does a whole lot of good.

"But let's not waste another opportunity to mock out charities and the people who give to them!"

For the record, I gave a knitting basket, which is 2 llamas and 2 sheep.
posted by kalessin at 5:47 AM on September 30, 2004


I had the opportunity to work on the other end of this charity while living in Guatemala and working for the ProPeten Foundation. Heifer was the main donor for our Small Integrated Farms Project, and it has been really successful. People who receive the animals participate in animal husbandry training and are required to breed them and pass on to their neighbors the same number of animals they received. After awhile, a whole village will have enough stock to provide food with enough left over to sell in the markets. The animal donations seem silly, but they work. I've seen it first hand.
posted by stopthemadness at 10:05 AM on September 30, 2004


Heifer is awesome. It's awesome for a couple of reasons.

One is that it takes the "teach a man to fish" approach. This is the only way to effect long-term benefit to needy countries and families.

Second is that one of the rules is that recipients must breed the animals and share them with the community, teaching others animal husbandry and business basics. This is a great multiplier effect.

Third is that Heifer appears to be quite efficient. There are charities that put most of their money into their administrator's pockets. Heifer puts most of its money into good works.

I think Heifer stands as one of the best charities.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:27 AM on September 30, 2004 [1 favorite]


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