Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

Giving a charitable gift at Christmas is a wonderful thing to do but the choice can be overwhelming! It can help to understand how it all works so here’s everything you need to know about Gifts for Good, an initiative from ChildFund Australia that offers a simple way to transform the lives of children in disadvantaged communities around the world.

Real gifts that change lives

Gifts for Good are real gifts that are given to children and families to help them on a path to self-sufficiency. They are an essential part of ChildFund’s long-term community development programs, providing the key resources needed to get these programs off the ground. If you buy three chickens, for example, three chickens will be given to a family in need, along with training on animal husbandry, information about the nutritional benefits of eggs for their children and even small-business skills to help them generate an income.

How does it work?

In three easy steps you can give special and affordable gifts designed to make a major impact on children living in poverty. When you select your Gifts for Good, they are delivered to children or families who really need them and you’ll get a beautiful card so you can share your gift with your friends and loved ones.

How are gifts selected?

Each gift in the catalogue has been selected on a needs basis. So when you buy a scholarship for a girl in India, that’s because girls’ education has been identified as a critical need in the communities where ChildFund works.

While gifts relating to education, health care and livelihoods are regularly included in the catalogue, new items this year include postie bikes and motorbike mechanic apprenticeships, due to the increased need for reliable transport and skills for young people in an emerging industry.

How are gifts allocated?

Each gift is allocated to a child or family based on a needs assessment. These assessments are usually conducted in collaboration with the community to decide who is most in need.

ChildFund is committed to supplying the exact gifts purchased to children and families who really need them. If more gifts are donated than a country is able to provide, we reallocate the funds to a similar program.

More than 500,000 refugees have fled Myanmar and crossed the border to Bangladesh, where ChildFund Australia and other members of ChildFund Alliance have partnered with ActionAid to provide urgent assistance to children and families in need of help.

Around half the refugees are children, some of whom arrived at refugee camps alone after being separated from their families during the journey to Bangladesh.

“The situation is critical, particularly for the most vulnerable members of the refugee population—young children, mothers and the elderly,” ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said.

“Uprooted from their homes, families have walked for days through jungle and over mountains, while others have made the treacherous journey by sea in wooden fishing boats. They are arriving at overcrowded camps with nothing but the clothes on their backs.”

“I had to run away to save my life”