Sometimes a vacation experience can be enjoyable and serious at the same time. That’s true at Heifer Village on the campus of Heifer International in downtown Little Rock. Its neighbor, the Clinton Presidential Library, gets loads of attention, but the hands-on learning experience of Heifer Village has a special appeal, too.
Heifer International is a global nonprofit whose goal is to end hunger and poverty. That’s a tall order, but it’s been working on it one family and one cow at a time since 1944. In truth, it’s not just cows. Heifer International also provides sheep, rabbits, honeybees, chicks, ducks, goats, geese, pigs, llamas, water buffalo and other livestock to needy people in more than 125 countries.
You learn at Heifer Village that the concept is to give livestock and training to families so they can learn to produce more of their own food and help their neighbors. It’s a mission based on the proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and you have fed him for a lifetime.”
As you might expect, Heifer International is big on sustainability, so it’s no surprise to learn that its Little Rock headquarters is a LEED platinum-certified building. Adjacent wetlands along the Arkansas River complement the building’s design and the organization’s mindset. Inside are a visitor center, a café, a gift shop and spaces for a variety of programs and events throughout the years for families and adults. Stop by the gleaming headquarters, have a bite of lunch and learn how people in Arkansas extend a helping hand around the world.
Forty-five miles away in rural Perryville is another Heifer International facility, the Heifer Ranch, where you and your family can learn even more about practical ways to address hunger.