About Heifer

Heifer Hong Kong

Founded in 2000, Heifer Hong Kong works to help impoverished families in Mainland China become self-reliant by providing livestock and animal husbandry training.  Through community development training, recipients learn how to develop themselves and cultivate a sense of sharing and caring for each other, which strengthens the local community.   Through Heifer’s unique “Passing on the Gift” practice, families are required to pass on the offspring of their livestock, as well as their knowledge and skills to other families in need.  This spirit of helping people help themselves benefits the entire community.

Until now, Heifer has implemented 179 poverty alleviation projects in 17 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, lifting over 132,000 families out of poverty.

Heifer Hong Kong also organizes various fundraising programs and promotional activities to engage corporations and citizens to make a contribution in rural poverty alleviation.


  • An increasing number of families in China ending hunger, becoming self-reliant and caring for others.
  • A compassionate young generation in Hong Kong that is active in making a difference in the global community, starting in China.


  • To provide opportunities for the Hong Kong community to support poverty alleviation program in China.
  • To raise the public awareness of Heifer’s work and values through education.

Heifer International

Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.  For over 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.

Heifer International is currently working in nearly 30 countries, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.  Heifer’s unique community development model has helped 30 million families directly and indirectly since 1944.  As an affiliate member of Heifer International,  Heifer Hong Kong has been carrying out projects in Mainland China through Heifer’s approach.

How It Works

We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide recipients with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

Passing On The Gift

Heifer requires recipient families to pass on their animal’s offspring or return the loan used to purchase livestock together with skills and knowledge to help other needy families. This ensures project sustainability in the community while recipients become donors and regain dignity.