If you want to give a life-saving gift, then what about a disaster emergency kit from aid agency CAFOD?
Giving a special charity gift is a great way to celebrate a friend or loved one's birthday or anniversary, Christmas or Valentine’s Day – and show that you really care (in more ways that one) without giving unwanted clutter.
You can give a charity gift through CAFOD, a charity who work with and support some of the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world, regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality. Through their ‘World Gifts’ initiative, you can choose from a whole range of ethical gifts and help make the world a fairer, more equitable place at the same time.
You could give the incredible gift of a disaster recovery pack for just £100. When families find themselves utterly devastated, whether because of natural disaster or armed conflict, your support can enable CAFOD to step in and help get them back on their feet. This gift will pay for the repair of damaged homes, and provide food, medical care, hygiene equipment and bedding.
When Andrea and her neighbours lost all their possessions and had their homes damaged in a flood, the future looked suddenly bleak. Such communities are not covered by insurance, and starting over again without support is almost impossible.
Fortunately, because of the support of people from more developed countries, CAFOD were able to step in and provide basics such as food, hygiene kits, mattresses, sheets and building materials. Families were then able to rebuild their homes, repairing roofs, walls and floors.
Jorge Hernandez is the Humanitarian co-ordinator at Caritas Colombia, a CAFOD partner. Speaking about the difference the support of CAFOD has made to the communities he works with, he said: “All that is left is to say thank you to CAFOD and its donors for showing their solidarity and providing hope and happiness for many families who had lost almost everything they owned.”
When you give the gift of a disaster recovery pack (which can be done quickly and easily online through the CAFOD website) your friend or family member receives a beautiful gift certificate illustrating your chosen gift. You will also receive gift card, in which you can write your own personal message, and an attractive calendar as a keepsake.
And if the disaster recovery pack isn't the gift for you, the range of charity gifts on offer is wide. But whatever gift you choose, you can be sure that your charity gift is really making a practical difference to lives of poor people.