Thursday, May 22, 2014

Adopt a Troll, Do Some Good

I've decided to adopt a troll. What does that mean? Every time the troll leaves some troll dung on a blog I read, I'll donate a dollar to charity. (I'll send a check at the end of the month.) Heifer International seems appropriate. HI provides livestock and other agricultural projects to needy people around the world for income, self-sufficiency and more protein in their diet. An example of their work:

One of Heifer International's biggest projects is EADD - the East Africa Dairy Development project. It was started in 2008 with a $42.8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It's helping about 179,000 small-scale dairy farmers to double their incomes.
Now, we're happy to announce that we've received a one-year, $8.5 million grant from the Gates Foundation to continue that work. The grant will support existing projects in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda and explore possibilities for expansion in Ethiopia and Tanzania.

“We are excited for the opportunity to continue serving dairy farming families and grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their support,” says Elizabeth Bintliff, vice president of Heifer International’s Africa area program. 
So what, exactly does EADD do? The project helps small dairy farmers sustainably increase their milk productivity and efficiency. It also helps them sell more milk by connecting to markets and by creating and expanding infrastructure like collection hubs and chilling plants. 
EADD is now in its final year of the pilot phase. It has grown to be one of the leading market-oriented agro-livestock development initiatives in East Africa, earning the farming families more than $35 million. 
Heifer International is implementing the project, with help from partners TechnoServe, The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), World Agroforestry Research Institute and Africa Breeders Services. 

Recently, the Gates Foundation donated another $25.6 million to the project.

Annoying trolls AND helping people get the money and food they need? I'm looking forward to it.

Maybe some low carb diabetics would like to adopt a troll whose initials are Charles Grashow.


Michael Frederik said...

I'm not sure if I understand how this would work. Surely Grashow, who is terribly afraid of cholesterol, will not leave any comments that would somehow lead to the production of artery-clogging whole dairy?

tess said...


Lori Miller said...

We'll see. If the trolls post comments and money goes to charity, it's a win. If they go away, it's a win, too.

Almond said...

What a great idea.

Lori Miller said...

I'm pleased to announce that Adopt-a-Troll has just raised its first dollar via Tess's Paleo Journey. Hurray!

Larcana said...

Love it! I'm a Heifer International fan myself.

JanKnitz said...

I don't know, you could go broke. Some of those trolls seem to have nothing better to do, 24/7. A win for Heifer, but might make you poor rather quickly!

P.S. One of my favorite birthday presents ever is when my daughter "bought me" a flock of Heifer International chickens. I hope they made lots and lots of eggs and brought good food, joy, and economic security to a family somewhere.

Lori Miller said...

What a thoughtful gift! So many of us already have so much that it's hard to find a wonderful gift.