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5 Ways A Christmas Gift Can Make A Difference

This year, you can give more than presents. You can choose a gift that brings lasting joy.

When you buy a present from Gifts for Good, you won’t just bring a smile to the faces of your family and friends.

Your generosity will travel far and wide, responding to the real and changing needs of children from South East Asia to Africa.

Want to know how your gift will make a difference? Here are five ways a simple charity gift can make a world of difference to a child or community in need.

 

1. Chickens Provide Food and an Income

Xuan in Vietnam is an example of the major difference chickens can make in a family’s life. Xuan made the most of the chicks and the training she received, and now has more than 200 chickens that provide nutritious eggs for her children and income to help the family.

“With the money earned, we can pay for our children’s schooling and invest in longer-term agricultural activities,” she says.

This initial gift will keep growing for years to come.

 

2. School Kits Help Children Learn

 

Bring joy to a child like Aung

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The school kit 10-year-old Aung received in Myanmar makes a difference every day of his life.

“I was very happy to receive this school kit,” Aung says with a smile on his face. “I couldn’t wait to go to school.”

The charity gift that a ChildFund supporter purchased filled Aung’s school kit with:

  • pens
  • pencils
  • a sharpener
  • an eraser
  • a ruler
  • pencil case
  • exercise books

“Going to school is better for me now,” he says.

Not only does a school kit bring Aung joy, it will provide him with tools he needs to make the most of his education and help him reach his potential

 

3. Sports Equipment Gives The Gift of Play

 

Spread joy to a children like Han

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“Sports equipment can help develop and strengthen children’s minds,” says Daw, a headmistress from one of the remote schools in Myanmar which has received sporting equipment.

Before Gifts for Good donors helped her students, her school had no sports equipment.

“The only activity was learning in the classroom,” Daw says. “The children got really bored.

“After receiving the sports kits, we set times for the children to learn and play.

“The children are now more enthusiastic about learning.”

Now, students like Han (pictured) can enjoy playing with footballs, skipping ropes, badminton sets and traditional cane balls (called chinlone).

“I like playing chinlone the best,” he says.

 

4. Pigs are a Gift That Helps Pay For Household Expenses

 

Help a family like Thoa’s this Christmas

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Thao has received pigs and livestock training, which she is using to help provide for her seven children.

A healthy sow can produce two litters a year. When Thoa’s pigs have piglets, she plans to sell half at the market, where they can fetch a good price.

“By doing this, we have money to keep the business running in the long term,” Thao explains.

Thao adds that by investing in backyard farming, she no longer needs to worry about providing food for her family, as the family’s income has increased.

“Every year, it costs me around VND 6,000,000 ($370) to pay for the children`s school fees, but it is no longer a struggle to pay this amount,” she says.

“I hope to continue to support my girls throughout their education, as by doing this, I believe they can live a better life than we do today.”

 

5. Bikes Can Make Long Journeys Safer For Children

 

Give the gift of a bike

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Over the last 10 years ChildFund donors have provided more than 6,000 bikes to Cambodian children like 14-year-old Sreypov and her nine-year-old sister Sreypey.

“Before we got these bikes, we had to walk 3.5km to school,” Sreypov said. “In summer it was very hot and I got very tired walking. Sometimes, my feet would bleed because I stepped on thorns or broken pieces of glass.”

Bikes make it easier and safer for Sreypov, Sreypey and children in rural Cambodia to get to school, making them less likely to miss class.

School administrators have noticed increases in attendance in places where ChildFund distributes bikes, making these gifts fun and beneficial.

 

Donate Charity Gifts That Give Back

Your Gifts For Good will change the lives of children in the countries where we work. In places like Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, a simple gift can help bring a family out of poverty, and give a child a better future.

Make a difference this Christmas and browse our Gifts For Good catalogue, or learn more about how it works here.

Want to give in another way? Donate to our where it’s most needed or children in crisis appeal now.

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