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Heifer Aids African Poor

Resident Tours International Project's Progress In Zambia

Posted: January 2, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Sara Steinlage carries firewood as part of her chores at the Go Women Go Community group in Mpomgwe, Zambia, on Nov. 3. Steinlage took a 12-day trip that showcased Heifer International projects in Kenya and Zambia.

When Centerton resident Sara Steinlage arrived in Kamisenga, Zambia, it was to a celebration.

At A Glance

Heifer International

Heifer International was founded in 1944 when Indiana farmer Dan West and his neighbors sent dairy cattle to Europe. Heifer International is active in more than 40 countries and supplies 30 types of animals in an effort to provide sustainability and self-reliance to families. The bulk of its donations arrive from late October through mid-January, said Marleen New, director of corporate and foundation relations, as individuals sponsor an animal for Christmas or corporate donors hit tax deadlines. Heifer International is active in the Arkansas Delta and in Appalachia in the United States, New said. Not every project involves an animal; some provide training.

Sponsorships vary in price and can include:

• Flocks of chicks, ducks or geese, $20

• Honeybees, $30

• Trio of rabbits, $60

• Goat, sheep or pig, $20

• Llama, $150

• Water buffalo, $250

• Heifer, $500

• Camel, $850

SOURCE: Staff Report

Fast Facts

Zambia

• There are 13,817,479 people who live in Zambia, which is slightly larger than Texas at 467,655 square miles.

• Climate alternates betwen periods of drought and tropical storms from November to April

• Life expectancy is 52.57 years

• Only 2.4 percent of the population reaches age 65 or older

• Women give birth to an average 5.85 children

• There are 1.9 hospital beds and 0.05 doctors for every 1,000 people

• There is a high risk for infectious diseases in Zambia, including bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and typhoid fever.

• Zambia is 10th in the world for AIDS-related deaths. An estimated 13.4 percent of adults are infected with HIV/AIDS

SOURCE: CIA Fact Book

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