A little video….

We’re on the cusp of black Friday as I write this, a day I intend to spend not spending. If you follow me.

Rather than throw more books at y’all right now, when you’re still soppy with triptophan and being bombarded with advertizing from all other sides, I thought I’d share a little video I did last year that explains what Heifer International is all about.

If you’re curious. A goat costs about 120 bucks.

Also, here’s a link to the Worldbuilders team page. Y’know. Just in case you’re interested….

Hope y’all had a good Thanksgiving. Or for those of you not in the US, a good Thursday…



This entry was posted in videos, Worldbuilders 2012. By Pat8 Responses


  1. leaf101
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

    great job reading that!!!

  2. FredA
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    As a Biochemistry major, I need to point out the amino acid is spelled: ‘Tryptophan’.

    • raccoon
      Posted November 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

      tryptophan is also not what causes sleepiness after eating a thanksgiving meal – the concentration of tryptophan is no higher in turkey than other birds. it does cause drowsiness, though, and can be used as a sleep aid. I think people get sleepy because they eat a large, unhealthy meal in the middle of the day.

  3. kakimena
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    Your charming video just sold me even though I already contribute to other charities. It’s admirable how you keep this going considering that you must be very busy.

    Posted November 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

    Hahaha, your son is so cute. About halfway through he looked kinda bored, but when you asked him a question, he knew exactly what was going on.

    I’m proud to donate to this every year.

  5. Jute
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 4:57 PM | Permalink

    So November 23rd was my birthday and I honestly couldn’t think of anything I wanted. So my husband bought me a goat… or rather he bought one in my name here. :) That made me very happy.

    I can think of some people who will be getting Chickens for Christmas!

  6. faustahab
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

    by promoting charity you are muffling the stablishment which induces the same inequalities you are trying to fight.

    The existence of ONGs is one of the factors that legitimize this systems corruption. We are living on the backs of poor, dancing to the eternal song of “musical chairs” and so much many people have fallen… Yet we have charities, the panacea! I don’t have to feel bad for them, no change is needed because some good fellow is repairing the bad I’ve done by taking part of capitalism. And if it’s not enough, I may even lay my unpolluted hand to the fortuneless and become the good fellow. So, if I ask myself, “what can I do to help?”, the answer is automathized.

    But it’s just like “saving” an illegal wild pet in the black market. You see that misstreated parrot in that small cage, so sad and hungry! Can’t let its suffering go on, you must buy it, what if 5 more parrots are caught with your money? It doesn’t matter, my intentions were good.

    Your gifts gave you power, a waste in your hands since your pusillanimous spirit won’t allow the triggering of an open war so needed in the real world

  7. HeatherTristan
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 6:41 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this message and for reading this book. I am always looking for ways to help my children understand more about the child we sponsor in Mali and why we ask for goats, chickens, and wells instead of birthday presents. I think this book explained it so much better than I could so I went out and bought a copy for my girls and a couple for gifts. I’d love to hear how you are sharing the importance of giving and caring about others with Oot as he gets older – we are all trying to raise more socially conscious kids!

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