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English Language Institute Students Buy Livestock for Rural Village

ELI students Heifer International ELI students practiced language skills to successfully raise funds for Heifer International.

Christmas came early this year at the University's English Language Institute (ELI). Instead of the typical holiday gift exchange, the ELI instructors and staff decided to do something small to make a big difference for members of the international community. The team came together to raise funds for Heifer International, a nonprofit organization that helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. They raised enough to purchase one irrigation pump and one biogas stove for a needy village.

The story didn't end there, though. When Onnyx Bei, one of the ELI teachers, mentioned the project to his class, the students were inspired and wanted to make their own contribution. They studied and practiced the necessary language skills for the task, and went out to solicit funds for Heifer. In total, the students succeeded in securing $260, enough to purchase a goat, a sheep and a flock of 20 chicks for a village in need.

The ELI's spirit of giving will assist Heifer International in its mission to end world hunger and poverty by providing families with sustainable income.

ELI students Students and staff raised nearly $500 combined.