This year, you can give more than presents. You can choose a simple charity Christmas gift that has a lasting impact on children and their families.
When you buy a present from ChildFund Australia’s Gifts for Good range, 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 Asia and the Pacific to Africa.
Want to know how your Christmas gift donations will make a difference? Here are five ways a charity gift can make a world of difference to a child or community in need.
1. Gift chickens to provide food and an income
Xuan in Vietnam is an example of the major difference that donating chickens can make in a family’s life. Xuan made the most of the chickens 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 simple Christmas gift will keep growing for years to come.
2. Gift school supplies to help children learn
It can sometimes be challenging to find meaningful gifts at Christmas.
But this year, you can bring true joy to your friends and family without going anywhere near a shopping centre.
By purchasing a life-changing charity Christmas gift from our Gifts for Good catalogue, you can share a feel-good moment with a loved one, and bring happiness to the life of a child in need. Your act of kindness is a gift that can bring lasting joy.
This year our Gifts for Good catalogue is filled to the brim with creative and thoughtful Christmas donation presents. To help you decide between the lifesavers and big ticket items, here are five gifts that should be on every Christmas list.
1. Give a goat as your gift
When you give a goat to a family in a developing community, you can help change an entire village. That’s why Chola, from ChildFund Zambia, says the communities we work with love receiving goats.
“The goat program is one of our most successful programs,” he says.
When you give your Christmas donation gift, a family in need will receive a goat and training that will help them turn your initial investment into a family business.
As part of the program, a baby goat is passed to a neighbouring family, which sustains and expands the program.
2. Donate a handwashing station to save lives
When children cannot access clean water they are more likely to get sick, less likely to stay in school, and their parents are more likely to have to pay expensive medical bills to keep them healthy.
Handwashing stations are essential now more than ever to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and other infectious diseases in developing communities.
By giving a handwashing station as your charity Christmas gift, you can keep children healthy and in school.
3. Scholarship to send a child to school
The United Nations estimates that of the 600 million adolescent girls that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector where low pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
Educated and skilled workers are in high demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently not employed or unable to access further education or training.
When you give the charity Christmas gift of a scholarship for a girl in Zambia you are helping her stay in school so she can progress to a meaningful career and make a difference in her community.
4. Donate fruit trees and vegetable seeds to fight child hunger
Giving fruit trees and vegetable seeds as your charity Christmas gift not only helps provide children in disadvantaged communities with much-needed nutrition, it can help pay for school fees, medical costs and increase a family’s overall wellbeing.
Ten mango, banana, guava and orange seedlings will grow into reliable fruit trees, producing a delicious source of vitamins for children in communities where food is often in short supply.
As family gardens grow, these crops can be sold at local markets, helping children for years to come.
5. Fund a share of a deepwater borehole system
Give the gift of clean water to a school or even an entire community! Your charity Christmas gift donation will be pooled with others to fund the construction and maintenance of a solar-powered deepwater borehole system.
This generous gift will bring change to children in need and their families in the communities where we work.
What’s On Your Christmas List?
Your Christmas donation gift could feed, shelter, clothe and heal a child in any of the countries where we work. To add something special to your Christmas list, browse our gift catalogue, or find out more about how our Gifts for Good work.