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A guide to animal sponsorship

Sponsoring or adopting an animal is quick and easy to do online. The main places to sponsor or adopt an animal are: Buyagift or WWF. In each place when you sponsor or adopt an animal you get a gift pack including details of the animal and lots of extras.

Oikocredit - a business case not a charity case

Give a donkey as a charity gift

By staff writers
27 May 2009

There are two places where you can adopt an animal online:

To sponsor an animal through the WWF click here.

To sponsor an animal with PDSA click here.

Poor families often have to walk miles to gather water and food. Food, when it can be grown, also has to be taken to market to be sold. This can be a very time- and energy-consuming job. Children are often required to help with these household tasks. Having to work for the family means that many children miss out on school.

Giving the charity gift of a donkey can turn this situation around. These charity gifts often come with a combination of a cart or a plough. When rain is in short supply, ground can be hard and infertile. This makes it very difficult to work the ground. A donkey harnessed to a plough can make farming possible again.

Many of the major charities run charity gift schemes that connect the poorest people in the world with those who can help them financially. By buying this charity gift you can help lift developing countries out of poverty – one family or community at a time. Its also a great way to celebrate a friend or loved one's birthday or anniversary. Show them you really care (in more ways that one), without giving unwanted clutter.

These are the donkey related charity gifts on offer right now:

• Gifts in Action, Action Aid’s charity gift scheme, have a donkey and cart charity gift. You might want to club together with some friends to buy this, but at £174 this charity gift can raise the quality of a family’s life massively.

This charity gift has made it possible for mothers like Ramatu Mahama to send her children to school again. Because the donkey does all the heavy lifting, she can manage the market run all by herself. “Life is still hard but we do not struggle as much and my daughters can now go to school” she told World Vision. Ramatu and her family live in Ghana.

Click here to buy this charity gift from Action Aid's Gifts in Action

• Practical Presents, Practical Action’s charity gift scheme, have a donkey plough and harness gift. For just £25, this charity gift will help struggling farmers work the dry packed earth in Sudan.

Made by local blacksmiths like Osman Saadeo, the plough used is designed to reduce soil erosion. The accompanying harness is comfortable for the donkey too.

Click here to buy this charity gift from Practical Action's Practical Presents

• To accompany the plough and harness gift, you can buy this donkey charity gift – also from Practical Presents. Poor families in Sudan do not have water on tap and have to make daily trips to collect it. This is a gruelling, time consuming job. The charity gift of a donkey can minimise the workload, improving the quality of their lives significantly.

Click here to buy this charity gift from Practical Action's Practical Presents

• Oxfam also have a donkey charity gift. For £50 Oxfam will supply a locally-bred darwai donkey to a struggling family in Darfur, Sudan.

Reflecting on how the donkey charity gift recently changed his life, Ishaq Adam said: “Now I can go further to collect firewood and thatching and earn an income.”

Click here to buy this charity gift from Oxfam Unwrapped

It is very quick and easy to buy a charity gift. All you do is visit the web site, pick a charity gift that suits your needs, and then choose a card with a personal message to send to your loved one on whose behalf you are buying the charity gift.

The main charity gift sites are as follows:

Christian Aid – Present Aid

Oxfam – Unwrapped

Practical Action – Practical Presents

Action Aid – Gifts in Action

UNICEF – Inspired Gifts

You can also adopt or sponsor animals online with the WWF and PDSA.

To sponsor an animal through the WWF click here.

To sponsor an animal with PDSA click here.

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