My First Tabling Experience

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Monday, July 19, 2010
At the Himalayan Fair in Berkeley, CA, a man came up to the table and asked about Heifer, the work they did, etc.. Pablo, a long-time volunteer explained much and gave him the World Ark magazine with the picture of the Nepalese woman and the lamb.

Twenty minutes later, the man returned with the magazine and was pointing to the photo of the Nepalese women from the film, “The 12 Stones” and said he knew some of the women.

He then explained that he was from the same village as the women in the photo. His brother was in Parliament and he pointed to one particular woman and said her husband was also in Parliament. He explained that these women were from the lowest caste and this woman’s husband was the first of his caste to be in Parliament. He, himself was Brahmin.

This man, halfway around the world from Nepal, had tears in his eyes and spoke with much emotion. He was thrilled to tell me about his life, his village, why he was here in the U.S. (medical reasons). This photo brought a little piece of home to him and he was able to share that with me.

My first volunteering opportunity turned into something much bigger than sitting at a table and chatting with people. This was the reason I was there, to connect with this man, at that moment in time and for both of us to feel that connection.

That is what I have always loved about Heifer: the one-on-one connection that transforms the world: one person, one lamb, one village at a time.

It represents on a very personal level how connected we are - local to global back to local....we are connected...and I am glad to have found a local Heifer group to support that connection.

Jacquie Eigen
July 2010
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