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Milk for Health in Tanzania ~ #GiveHeifer


This is my 5 year old daughter Madison, who has never known what it's like to be without food or drink. She especially doesn't know what it's like to be without milk, a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Together with Heifer International, we want to share with you how you can help others less fortunate than you are.


Did you know that September 27th is School Milk Day? My kids have been in school since the middle of August,  and I pay a monthly fee for them to enjoy a school lunch which includes a meal and of course school milk. My kids just love milk and if there's no milk in our refrigerator I'd hear about it. They have to have milk for their cereal, milk for snack and what goes well with cookies, milk of course. I have to admit that like many of you who may be reading this post, this is the first I had heard of Heifer’s School Milk Feeding Program, and I wanted to learn more. I went through the photos with Madison sitting next to me and when I arrived at this photo, she started asking questions.

Credit: Heifer International
Madison: Why are they eating paper?
Me: It's not paper, it's milk.
Madison: Why does it look like paper?
Me: Because it's in a bag.
Madison: Why is it in a bag?
Me: Because that's the way they get their milk. They live in Tanzania and are not like you and me, so they don't get their milk in big cartons like we do.
Madison: So are they hungry?
Me: Yes, sometimes they do go hungry, so we need to help them.
Madison: I want to help them. 
Her words, shocked, but did not really surprise me. Madison has always been an empathetic child. My mother used to call her an "old soul". And I began thinking. If a 5 year old would want to help children who are hungry and without the means to help themselves, why can't we adults do the same thing? Personally, I hate knowing that anyone is going hungry, but when that someone is a child it hurts even more. There's a reason that we give our children lunches and snacks, because we know that being hungry does not make for enhanced learning. You cannot concentrate on what you're doing when you're hungry.

Credit: Heifer International
The Heifer School Milk Feeding Program was introduced in July 2017 and their goal is to provide 9,000 students (ages 9 and under) in the Njombe, Iringa, Mbeya, and Songwe regions with a packet of free fresh milk every day Monday - Friday during the school year. They know, just like we do, that proper nutrition is essential to learning and students should be focused on learning instead of their hunger. Just one packet of milk contains at least a quarter of the daily calcium requirement needed for a child, and since the program was introduced, 1,742 students in the Njombe region have received 200ml packets of pasteurized milk and will continue to receive a FREE, daily packet of fresh milk every day Monday - Friday during the school year.

I also love their "cow to classroom" initiative which this video fully describes.


I believe in sustainable farming. Growing up in the Caribbean, my family owned their own chickens so we got eggs daily. We also had sheep and goat and would get milk from our goats. With the Cows to Classroom program, it helps farmers increase their income, reduce poverty and in turn help gets the milk to classrooms. I call that a win-win situation.

Credit: Heifer International
So How Can You Help? 
We spend hundreds of dollars on designer coffee yearly, but did you know that just $75 can provide one student with fresh milk for an entire school year? That's just 40 cents a day! However, you can make a donation of any size. It doesn't matter how big or small, every donation counts.

And as an added bonus:

For every share of this post via social media (Facebook or Twitter), Women Online will donate $1 for each of those shares up to $2,000, to Heifer School's Milk Feeding Program. Just be sure to add #GiveHeifer to your shares.


Annmarie John
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31 comments:

  1. What an amazing program this is. It really makes me think about how much we take for granted here.

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  2. What an amazing program. I wouldn't have realized 75 dollars could make such a difference. I participate in an annual fundraiser that buys cows and goats for similar communities. It's a small effort on my part and there's always more I could do.

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  3. This is such a wonderful program. It always puts things in perspective for me when I see children who need the things that I can make a 10 minute trip to get.

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  4. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I think it's important that we know about the people in the world who need our help and that we provide whatever help we can. I love this initiative.

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  5. This is great because I've never heard of this program before and I didn't know about the 27th being a special day!

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  6. Love it! And your kid is pretty great. :-)

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful program and definitely will have to check this out further now. Thanks for sharing here.

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  8. This program is amazing! It also breaks my heart to know that people, especially kids, are not getting enough food that they deserve! So thankful for programs like this that strives to help those who are in need!

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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  9. Wow, what an amazing initiative! This program could help so many kids who need it. Thanks for sharing this great information.

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  10. This is really awesome! I love that Madison wants to help too, kids really do have a high level of empathy and we can only encourage it with programs like this. I am always happy to hear of programs that are helping others. NO one deserves to go without the necessities.

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  11. Thanks for sharing! We have been thinking about bring stuff like this to the attention of our boys soon!

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  12. This is such a beautiful thing to see. I am so glad that you're letting more people know about this.

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  13. This sounds like a great program. I love that Madison wants to help. You're doing a great job instilling her with a charitable heart, it sounds like.

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  14. It's really sweet that your daughter was immediately willing to help! This is such a great way to help feed those in need!

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  15. This is amazing. It would be so nice to give back and with just $75, you get to supply milk to a child for an entire year? WOW. Imagine all the help they can get. Imagine how much you'll be able to help them too.

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  16. It would be really good to be able to give back and help out. It takes so little to give a child a supply of milk for a year. I'm glad you're also showing this to your daughter. I try my best to teach my sons compassion towards others.

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  17. This is an awesome organization, we give monthly and I know it makes such a difference. More than happy to share this post, best reason to share!

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  18. This is such a great program! It always breaks my heart to think about all of the children that go hungry all over the world. $75 really is a small fee to pay to help give a child milk for a year. We will have to get on board.

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  19. Your daughter has a big heart. It always makes me tear up to see the pain those kids go through. Bless you for using your blog to promote this cause.

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  20. Now this is how you truly help communities. I wish more people understood that this is how you make real change!`

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  21. It makes me feel so happy that your daughter showed compassion and empathy to kids living in Tanzania. She has such a good heart. Thank you for raising awareness to this campaign. I hope it reaches more people so we can all help to give those kids the proper nutrition they need.

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  22. What a great program, I haven't heard about this before! I am so spreading the word on this!

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  23. I have heard the benefits of milk in a diet, especially if the kids are not getting a great deal of nutrients from diet. What a great program and I love how your daughter wants to be involved.

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  24. We take so much for granted posts like this help us to remember others need help and are much less fortunate.

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  25. What an amazing program. It's crazy to think how on $75 dollars can help a child for an entire year. Definitely worth using some of your coffee money towards instead.

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  26. It's so easy to forget that we are luckier than others. Reading about what's going in Puerto Rico and in other places hit by disasters or wars, etc. makes you realize that we have to help others where we can.

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  27. This is a great cause. And it is so sweet that your little one is asking question and wanting to get involved.

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  28. There are so many people in need in the World right now, we all need to do more to help!

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  29. I have never heard of this program. It looks incredible!

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  30. This is so sweet for wanting to get involved. Causes like this are so important.

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  31. I'm trying to get Des in on buying school lunch and milk the way Scarlet does! He'll get there.
    And this is a great cause that hits close to home for me. Madison is so sweet!!

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