Clinton Helps Open New Heifer International World Headquarters Today

MARCH 16, 2006 - Posted at 3:29 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Heifer International turned to two of the world's foremost anti-poverty advocates today to open its new international headquarters.  The $17 million environmentally friendly building is part of a philanthropic corridor on the banks of the Arkansas River.

Headlining the ceremonies were Bill Clinton, whose presidential library is next door, and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the United Nations Millenium Project.

The charity wants to use the four-story building, its recycling program and a global village to educate visitors about its work.  Though 61 years old, the charity is well-known overseas, but has only in recent years raised its profile at home.

The charity provides animals such as water buffaloes, goats and bees to poor families around the world.  Recipients are trained on how to use the animals to make money and must "pass on the gift" to others.

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