70 Heifers for 70 Years


Third Irish airlift

 

On November 9, an aircraft carrying 70 heifers to help poor families in Transylvania landed in Romania. This flight commemorated Heifer International's 70 years of work globally and 20 years in Romania. The livestock were provided by Bothar Ireland, a nonprofit organization that helps enable families and communities to overcome poverty and restore the environment.

A placement ceremony was organized with participants from the Empowering Roma Women in Mures County project. The project aims to lift 3,000 Roma and non-Roma families out of poverty. These families struggle on about $50 a month. Through the development of social capital and engagement in a pro-poor, wealth-creating dairy value chain, the families’ farms will become models of sustainable farming systems.


Dr. Ovidiu Spinu, Country Director, Heifer Romania

 

"These animals will be given to people in the Saxon villages of Transylvania," said Dr. Ovidiu Spinu, country director for Heifer Romania. "The villagers will use the livestock to improve their living conditions." 

"All of the cows donated are between 18 and 24 months old and are pregnant," said Deirdre Ryan, director of Bothar. "I hope that Romanian and Irish farmers become partners and provide cows for other disadvantaged areas of the world, where there are people who need them."

Media representatives showed great interest in the event. The airlift received press coverage in Romania.

 

Event

70 Heifers for 70 Years. On November 9, an aircraft carrying 70 heifers to help poor families in Transylvania landed in Romania. This flight commemorated Heifer International's 70 years of work globally and 20 years in Romania. The livestock were provided by Bothar Ireland, a nonprofit organization that helps enable families and communities to overcome poverty and restore the environment.