"This Water Buffalo Gift allows a Cambodian “animal bank” to acquire an
additional water buffalo, which is then “loaned” to a subsistence farmer,
helping to lighten the heavy burden of agricultural production. Few animals are
sturdier or more reliable than the water buffalo, which can plow, assist in
clearing land, and carry heavy burdens. Over time, each recipient returns a
water buffalo calf to the animal bank, allowing the gift to be extended to other
The AFSC has worked in Cambodia since 1979. In 2000, AFSC’s Integrated
Sustainable Livelihoods Program initiated the funding of water buffalo “animal
banks” in seven rural villages. This program also helps communities improve
agricultural techniques, provides training in animal health and immunization,
and provides capital for rice banks and micro-credit projects. With the weaving
together of the community through education, training and the “loan/payback”
program components, this represents a true gift to a grateful community.
With no tractor to plow the land, the addition of a sturdy, reliable water
buffalo can make the difference between destitution and economic security for a
local family farm. This is your gift to a grateful community."
The ABC Home & Planet Foundation was founded by Paulette Cole, CEO and
Creative Director of ABC Home Furnishings of New York. Our goal is to bring
great opportunities for social service to the Manhattan-based store’s 12,000+
culturally sophisticated weekly customers. We hope to engage with this growing
community in supporting a diverse group of innovative local and international
organizations in furthering their good works.
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