We appreciate the gifts from our valued donors and potential donors. Please note gifts purchased from our Gift Catalogue are symbolic and represent a contribution to the entire mission of Heifer International South Africa. Your contribution to a specific gift, is a contribution to the broader mission. The nature of livestock received by a particular community is determined by the needs of the community and prevailing environmental conditions to conduct particular types of farming.
Heifer International South Africa is inundated with requests for assistance by rural families. Your partnership in funding this important and often life saving work is highly appreciated. Simply choose the type of donation you wish to make from the list below, or donate an amount of your choice.
An 18 hen laying unit which provides a family with an average of 14 eggs per day costs R 2400.00 (approx. US$ 330). This cost includes a well designed, spacious cage complete with feed trough and water system, 18 laying hens, 2 x 50 kg bags of feed as well as training in the management of such a unit. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and are ideal in preventing malnutrition, which is common among children in rural South Africa.
A pregnant dairy goat, which is able to produce 2 litres of protein and calcium rich milk per day once the kid is born, costs R 1400.00 (approx US$ 200). This cost includes the purchase of materials to build a suitable shelter for the goat as well as suitable training for the family.
A sow (a mother pig) can give birth twice a year and can produce a litter of 6-10 piglets each time. Within a year the piglets are big enough to become mothers or slaughtered for meat. Pigs are able to eat a wide range of foods, including low cost waste foods. A pregnant pig that is suitable to give to a family would cost R 1000 (approx US$ 140). This cost includes the cost of materials to build an appropriate shelter and to provide training.
A pregnant dairy heifer costs R 10 000 (approx US$ 1 365). After calving the heifer would easily produce an average of 10 litres of protein and calcium rich milk per day. The sale of milk as a source of income is very viable with a cow. The cost covers the purchase of the heifer and a portion of the cost of training the family.
Please note: you can make any size donation (never too small), as you can buy a share of an animal. After making a donation you can choose a gift card to send to a special friend or loved one in who's honour you made the donation.
To donate: Click here or deposit the money directly into our bank account and fax the deposit slip to: +27 (0) 31 777 1376 or contact us to discuss various options.
Our banking details are:
Account name: Heifer Project Gifts
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch code: 045 726
Account no: 257204938
Swift Code SBZAZAJJ
NB: Insert your name as the deposit reference.
Note: the prices quoted above are for good quality breeding animals and includes a component of training for the family. Recipient families are well trained in all aspects of animal husbandry and welfare thereby ensuring that the animals are well cared for and adequately nourished. Regular monitoring takes place.
You can also support Heifer International South Africa by supporting Alternative Giving or getting a school involved in the Read to Feed programme or by telling others what impresses you about Heifer International South Africa.
Animals play an important role in meeting the nutritional, agricultural, economic and social needs of people. Animal products such as milk, eggs and meat provide vital protein which is lacking in the diet of many rural people. Surplus production provides a valuable source of income, whilst animals provide valuable manure for fertilizing crops, thereby improving yields.