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CALS students use sheep to teach children about sustainable strategies to reduce poverty

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Members of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honor Society, Ho-Nun-De-Kah, taught this popular folk concept to local children Oct. 22 by bringing two Jacob sheep to their 4-H Urban Outreach Afterschool Program at West Village in Ithaca and teaching them about Heifer International.

"Heifer International aims to work with communities in developing countries to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Their strategy in accomplishing this goal is through the donation of livestock and other animals," says Matthew Nulty '08, a nutritional sciences major and president of the honor society. "By providing communities with livestock and educating them on their value to improving their daily lives, Heifer is able to impact world hunger not just once, but for many subsequent generations."

The presentation was part of Ho-Nun-De-Kah's annual fall service project, "Heifer in the Community: An Educational Partnership between Heifer International and Ho-Nun-De-Kah Honor Society," which was launched last fall to educate youth in the greater Ithaca community about Heifer International's sustainable approaches to reducing world poverty.

The CALS students also read to the children from a book about a family that receives a goat, screened a short video about Heifer International and played an interactive game with the children about world hunger.

Members of the honor society also will make their presentation to three other after-school programs in the area.

Founded in 1929, Ho-Nun-De-Kah, which is an Indian term meaning "Keepers of the Sacred Corn Council Fire," is an honor society that encompasses the top 15 percent of juniors and top 20 percent of seniors in CALS.

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