The Gifts That Matter program clearly reveals the power each person possesses to grant miracles. By giving a goat or seedlings, contributors empower vulnerable families to create brighter futures. Gifts That Matter not only brings the recipients’ communities together, but they also impact the givers’ lives. These gift ideas come from the heart, and a donation to this program represents the essence of the holidays in any culture.
Donating 10 chicks to a family in Mozambique offers a multicultural way for employees to collectively demonstrate their seasonal spirit. All gift are currently being matched by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), which contributes $3 for every $1 donated. By quadrupling the funds, a $10 donation from 10 people can send a Crateful of Critters gift set that includes three goats, three piglets and five chickens, plus 10 fuel-efficient stoves, to families in Kenya.
Teachers, who receive dozens of personalized mugs, chenille blankets and coffee gift cards, will be thankful for a donation in their name to the Global Education program. Each $40 pledge provides Canadian teachers with lesson plans, videos and workshops on global poverty to share with their students.
Family members who care deeply about poverty issues will also value a donation made in their name, while a contribution is an admirable way to remember a loved one who has passed away. Parents can also utilize the Gifts That Matter program to teach children the valuable lesson of giving back, especially during the holidays when they are surrounded by shimmering lights and glitzy presents.
Since its inception, the program has achieved incredible miracles Women and children in a rural Kenyan community now have the supplies, seedlings and training to produce nutritious gardens, a group of women in Ghana run a sustainable shea butter business, while Bangladesh families have access to arsenic-free drinking water. Donors choose the program to support from the Gifts That Matter catalogue. Each item is desperately needed by rural communities that are striving to overcome the challenges of poverty.
# # #
CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling poor rural communities in developing countries to attain sustainable livelihoods. For more information about CHF & Gifts That Matter, please visit www.giftsthatmatter.ca.