I recently got to attend a ‘Pass On the Gift’ Ceremony.
“Pass on the Gift” is fundamental to Heifer’s entire approach. When a family receives animals, they agree to pass on the first offspring to another family in need. As people share the offspring of their animals – along with their knowledge, resources and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance is created that reaches
around the globe.
Pass on the Gift ceremonies demonstrates the community growth through Heifer’s work. “Passing on the Gift” creates a living of sustainability that develops community and enhances self- esteem by allowing project partners to become donors. – Dan Baraza, Senior. IT & Communications Director, Heifer International Uganda
On June 20th, I attended Sidanyi Heifer Women’s Project in Palisa District (about 45 minutes from the office). The group started in 2006 with 6 women and currently has over 100 members, 84 having received 84 original Heifer’s (a young cow before she has had her first calf) from Heifer International Uganda and 55 through ‘Pass on the Gift’.
In true African style, the meeting was held under a tree and the women were decked out in the traditional ‘gomesi’ dress.
After the introductions, the group’s Chairperson, extension officer and Heifer staff member gave a ‘few’ remarks in the local language with a few sections being translated for yours truly.
School children heading home stop by for some tea