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Whether you’re one half of a blossoming romance, or a steadfast single with a best friend to match, the pressure is on to get that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. It’s pretty serious business right?

For those Valentines looking for a more meaningful gift, look no further than our range of Gifts for Good, a great Valentine’s Day charity gift for everyone.

You can even personalise your gift and make it even more memorable for the children in need, as each Gift for Good purchase also comes with the option to send a card, download a pdf you can print at home or even send an ecard with your own personalised message.

1. Donate a furry friend as a Valentine’s Day gift

Animals can make loving companions, but for families living in poverty they can offer so much more. They can help provide a family with nutritious food and provide a source of income.

Consider donating one of these furry friends as your charity gift this Valentine’s Day:

  • Chickens: A dozen chickens provide nutritious eggs for children to eat and additional eggs can be sold at local markets.. 
  • Goats: Goat milk can help children grow up strong, and goat manure can be used as a fertiliser for crops and gardens. 
  • Sheep: Wool can be used to weave textiles for the family, which in turn can be sold at markets. Sheep milk can be turned into cheese and yoghurt, which can help children grow up strong. 

2. Give a child a bright future with an educational gift

Children around the world struggle to remain in school, because their parents can’t afford tuition or they’re forced to drop out to work and support the family.

You and your Valentine can give a child a bright future with these educational gifts:

  • School supplies: Pens, pencils and notebooks are unaffordable for many parents in developing countries. Your generous gift will provide a child what they need for an entire school year. 
  • Scholarship for a student: Giving a scholarship as your Valentine’s Day gift will not only assist a student in need, but will help them develop the confidence to succeed, affecting a cycle of positive change for their community.

3. Charity gifts that keep a child safe and sound

The cold reality for many children overseas is life without comfort, and the threat of preventable diseases. Make your Valentine’s Day gift count with a donation that will keep children safe: 

  • Blankets: Some children sleep on a concrete slab or a hard dirt floor, but a blanket and pillow could keep a child warm and comfortable on a cold winter’s night.
  • Mosquito nets: Mosquito bites are one of the most common ways malaria is transmitted in developing countries. A simple net can protect a child from mosquitos while they sleep.

4. Nutritious food for thought as your charity gift

have a reliable source of food and clean water. You and your loved one can change lives this Valentine’s Day by donating one of these charity gifts to children and families in need:

  • Food for two families for one month: Help families in need by donating a food pack as a meaningful Valentine’s Day gift. Your gift will provide nutritious beans, lentils, cooking oil and other supplies to make ends meet.
  • Three fruit trees and vegetable seeds: As a source of food, additional income and shade, these trees can help give families a fresh start. Seeds will grow into vegetable gardens that provide nutritious food for young children.
  • One handwashing station: Handwashing can slow the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. But children in many communities lack access to clean water or soap for washing. A handwashing station could help keep children safe and encourage lifelong, lifesaving habits.

Give a meaningful Valentine’s Day gift to your loved one

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all bling and glamour. Give a meaningful Valentine’s Day gift to your loved one, and show them how it only takes one person to change a life any day of the year.

24 January 2023 marks the fifth celebration of the International Day of Education. This day, first celebrated in 2019, was proclaimed to demonstrate the importance of inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all. Quality education,  Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations goals, is key to escaping poverty, reducing inequalities, and reaching gender equality — all of which are crucial to fostering inclusion and more peaceful societies.

While many of us consider education a fundamental right, millions of children around the world are still denied their right to an education. The purpose of this day is to create awareness around the importance of education and highlight ways to help children gain access to it.

 Invest in people, prioritise education

The theme of International Day of Education  2023 is “To invest in people, prioritise education.” This January 24th, we are at a critical juncture for the health and future of our societies. As stated by UNESCO, drastic inequality, a wounded planet, growing political polarisation and unrest, and the devastating impact of the global pandemic have led us to an important decision: continue on an unsustainable path, or radically change course.

Building on this, the 2023 International Day of Education celebration calls for global mobilisation, strong commitments and initiatives to prioritise education by investing in quality education and people. Quality education provides us with a better ability to join the workforce, earn a living wage and provide for our families, participate in local politics, and understand how to think and act more responsibly towards our environment.

What does inclusive, equitable, and quality education look like?

Currently, thousands of schools around the world, particularly in places such as Sub-Saharan Africa, lack access to drinking water, electricity, computers, and the internet, making it impossible for children to receive quality education. Further, even better-equipped schools do not necessarily have enough qualified teachers, and many children, particularly young girls, are kept out of school.

 SDG 4 aims to achieve inclusive, equitable, and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Targets of this goal include:

  • establishing free primary and secondary education and equal access to pre-primary education for all girls and boys;
  • eliminating discrimination in education;
  • building and upgrading inclusive and safe schools; and
  • increasing the supply of qualified teachers in developing countries, among others.

Creating action to achieve these targets by 2030 will help us ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.

How you can get involved with International Education Day activities

A great place to start is simply to help build awareness about International Day of Education and the challenges that so many children face around the world that hinder their ability to receive a quality education. Sharing information on social media, starting conversations with your friends and family, or even organising educational events in your community are excellent ways to spread awareness.

Another way to get involved is by donating to organisations working to make education accessible and equitable for all children. At ChildFund Australia, one of our leading programs is focused on providing access to early childhood education for all boys and girls. This includes constructing new schools and renovating existing schools, providing classroom furniture and equipment, and training school teachers and educational leaders.

To join this effort, you can donate Gifts for Good, such as a school supplies set or a scholarship for a student. You can also donate monthly, which helps provide them with access to education.

In the words of Malala Yousafzai, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” This International Day of Education, we invite you to help us change the world.