Christine Allen, CAFOD’s Director, picks out some of her favourite World Gifts and explains why they’re a great way to give this Christmas.
It’s that time of year already, when thoughts go towards Christmas lists – well, my daughter’s at any rate! It’s always a challenge to find the right gift for people, especially as I don’t want to be wasteful.
But fear not, help is at hand! Do you know about CAFOD’s World Gifts?
What are World Gifts?
World Gifts showcase just some of the ways we are helping those living in poverty all over the world, with each gift a very real example of support we give to those most in need. Not only are they a great way of charitable giving, they have something for everyone!
Everyone knows I’m a die-hard Liverpool football fan, as are the rest of my family. For that reason, top of my Christmas giving and receiving list is Fabulous football! This gift provides kits, footballs and training to provide community teams with everything they need. Particularly in poor urban areas, football can provide a positive alternative to drugs and crime.
Although Liverpool Women’s football club has a way to go before they catch up with the men’s side (11th in the Women’s Super League isn’t quite number 1 in the Premier League!). But I love how much airtime women’s football is now being given. It certainly feels like a step in the right direction towards equality in sports. I’m a proud advocate of women’s rights, and feel privileged to be working here at CAFOD, a charity founded by a group of forward-thinking women.
Help a woman start a business
This year World Gifts have introduced a new gift, Change a woman’s world. This gift is helping women all around the world to take part in self-help groups to form small businesses. In communities where women are not expected to earn an income or display skills outside of the home, this is a real step. Not only can a woman start to add to their household income, but they can establish new skills, confidence and a sense of self-worth.
As a mum, it’s hard to imagine my daughter not having the same opportunities as the other children around her, or for me to have to choose between feeding her or giving her an education. But for so many around the world this is a real choice. A School starter pack helps to provide a child with everything they need to go to school. From textbooks and stationery, to school uniforms and backpacks, this gift sets a child up with the essentials to get a full education. Often these simple items can be too expensive for families and the children can’t go to school. I hope by buying this gift I’ll help someone access the same opportunities as my daughter, something we’re lucky enough to take for granted here in the UK.
Last, but not least, what shouts Christmas more than delicious treats? As well as the incredible charity gifts, World Gifts also offers Divine Fairtrade chocolate coins (milk for the kids, dark for the adults!).
These make perfect stocking fillers and all proceeds still support our work here at CAFOD.