Emmy Award Winning Actress Uzo Aduba Visits Heifer International Farmers in Uganda

Upon entering the village of Nsange, Aduba was greeted with native music and dancing in celebration of Heifer’s most important traditions, a Passing on the Gift ceremony. As one of Heifer’s key cornerstones, families share the training they receive and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This act extends the impact of the original gift, allowing once impoverished families to become donors and full participants in improving their communities. Aduba led the exchange by handing off goats from four donor farmers to their new families and then officially ended the ceremony by taking part in a traditional dance.

“I experienced many special moments throughout my visit, but it was the Passing on the Gift ceremony that truly captured the uniqueness of Heifer International’s model. I’ve never seen anything as selfless. You are watching a person that is still close to their recent poverty, but who faithfully fulfills their promise, and in turn, gives that other person a future. It’s something I didn’t expect and won’t ever forget,” she said.

Aduba met with numerous farmers, particularly in the villages of Luweero and Mukono, where she saw Heifer’s model in action. She met farmers just beginning their work with Heifer and who are struggling to survive on limited resources. She also met farmers who’ve been working with Heifer for years and proudly showed their successes through stables of livestock, extensive fruit and vegetable gardens, their children’s education and biogas powered stoves.

“Initially I thought that receiving animals was the most important transfer, but what Heifer really does is shine a light on the families’ own ever-present potential, and they provide the opportunity to harness that potential-that’s the true gift,” Aduba said.

SOURCE Heifer International