Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

This Christmas, change lives by donating a farm animal to a family in need. Your donation will truly be the gift that keeps on giving as a farm animal can provide families in rural communities with hope for the future.

Families who own a farm animal are able to earn additional income and access nutritious food. Evidence shows that the consumption of animal-source foods contributes to healthy child growth and development. 

The animals we offer through our Gifts for Good program includes chickens, ducks, goats, cows, pigs and sheep. To help you decide which farm animal you would like to give, we’ve listed how each one will change a family’s life.

Donate a duck

Ducks produce delicious eggs, which provide both nutritious food and an income when sold at the market. Duck eggs are great for families as they contain more protein than chicken eggs, and are a concentrated source of omega-3 and are packed with vitamin D. With these nutritional benefits, duck eggs are great for the healthy development of children. 

Ducks also play a major role in the growth of crops, as they eat the pests that destroy them, meaning more food can be harvested. They are also easy to care for and make great family pets.

Gift a goat to charity

One of the major reasons to gift a goat is that they are easy to breed and, when they do, most will have twins. More goats means more milk, and more livestock to sell. 

The meat and milk from a goat is highly nutritious and provides a good source of vitamins and minerals.  The manure from a goat is also an effective fertiliser which can be used on the family’s crops, and encourages vegetables to grow in abundance.

Give a flock of chickens to charity

For a family in a rural community, a flock of chickens can secure a healthier future. Chicken’s eggs contain high amounts of calcium and vitamin A, providing the children with essential nutrients. Chicken eggs are in high demand in rural communities, and so they can easily be sold at markets for additional income

Another reason to give chickens is that they are easy to care for. Busy parents can leave their children in charge of looking after their chickens, giving them a sense of responsibility while learning important life skills.

Donate a cow to charity

A single cow can produce up to 200,000 glasses of milk in their lifetime!  Therefore, this Christmas donating a cow can change the life of a family in a developing community.

As cows produce an abundance of milk, this means there is enough for the family to drink, and more available for them to sell at the market.Buy a pig for a family in a remote community 

When a family is gifted a pig, it becomes an important source of income. The family can sell the piglets, or the meat they provide. This income allows them to afford things they would often go without including healthcare and school costs for their children.

Buy a sheep for charity

Sheep milk has one of the highest concentrations of essential nutrients, even higher than milk from cows or goats. This milk aids in growth and development, and is perfect for young children. Using sheep milk, families are also able to produce cheese and yogurt.

Another benefit of gifting a sheep is that their wool can be used to weave local textiles. Families can then sell the textiles they create with their local community.

Gift a farm animal and change lives this Christmas

by donating a farm animal this Christmas. No matter which animal you choose, you are improving the livelihood and wellbeing of a family who needs your help.

Visit our Gifts for Good page to view all our charity gifts, or contact us today for more information. 

Christmas is an exciting, crazy and busy time of year. With so much to organise for celebrations with loved ones, we often get caught up in the busyness and forget about the charitable meaning of Christmas. 

However, Christmas is the best time of the year to reflect and give back to those who need it most. One way to do this is by sponsoring a child in a developing community. When you sponsor a child, you will change their life by providing access to basic necessities, education, healthcare and other programs that can open up a whole world of opportunities. 

Here’s why we think sponsorship is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

What is the meaning of Christmas?

Christmas is the season of giving. It’s an opportunity for loved ones to come together to celebrate and reflect on the year that was. As part of that reflection, it is important to consider how we can make a positive impact on the world and make each year better than the last. 

One way to change the world is to support those less fortunate than ourselves, particularly disadvantaged children living in developing communities.

What does sponsorship mean for a child in poverty?

When you sponsor a child, you change a life. It is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in the world this Christmas. Your support will provide your sponsored child with access to a range of opportunities and programs, including:

  • Education: Being able to attend school can help children break the  cycle of poverty. Having a quality education provides children with the knowledge and skills they need to earn better incomes, provide for themselves and their families, and build a brighter future. 
  • Healthcare and hygiene: Sponsorship helps ChildFund to ensure more children have access to proper health centres and qualified health professionals. We also teach sponsored children and their families about the importance of hygiene in preventing illness.
  • Food and nutrition: Our sponsorship programs focus on ensuring families have access to nutritious foodFood is vital to a child’s healthy development and gives them essential energy for school and play. 
  • Clean water and sanitation: In remote communities, gathering water means walking long distances to what are usually unsafe water sources.  Sponsorship can provide access to a safe source of water for drinking, washing and cooking, which means your sponsored child will be protected from preventable water-borne diseases. 
  • Youth development and vocational skills training: Your sponsored child may be given access to vocational skills training, specific to their community’s strengths and specialties, in industries ranging from agriculture to hospitality.

What does sponsorship mean for a child sponsor?

Sponsoring a child can provide sponsors with a sense of purpose. You’ll be able to see and measure the impact you’re having on your sponsored child’s life, particularly if you write letters to your child and their family regularly. You’ll provide a child with opportunities that might not have been possible without your support, and help them develop the resilience needed to become a vehicle for change in adulthood.

Many child sponsors see the experience as a journey and a partnership with their sponsored child in changing the world. It is rewarding to change someone else’s life for the better, and most sponsors find they become more appreciative of what they have, expressing a higher level of gratitude for things as simple as running water. 

Sponsorship can connect with the meaning of Christmas

Share the true meaning of Christmas by giving back to those less fortunate in order to create a better world.

 Whether you are looking to sponsor a child as a gift for a loved one or if you want to make a charitable difference this Christmas, there has never been a better time to start your journey. Learn more about child sponsorship by visiting our information for child sponsors page.