Christian Aid, is launching four new group gifts for Christmas in its Autumn Winter 2010 catalogue, including a sturdy bamboo shelter for a Burmese refugee family living on the Thai/Burmese border (£230) and an adult literacy centre in Sierra Leone (£543).
Group gifts start at £100. Other new group gifts include enabling a child in Haiti to return to school, covering their first 4 months of school fees and providing a uniform and school stationary (£100), and emergency water and sanitation training for four days in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 188 displaced people (£1,718).
The group gifts are aimed at people who want to club together to make a difference to communities around the world.
Christian Aid's Present Aid scheme offers six group gifts in total. It is being billed as a great way to get involved in fundraising and encourage others to understand issues people face in developing countries concerning access to education, shelter and clean water.
All group gifts purchased receive a special certificate of thanks.
Other group gifts include £495 for the construction of a 100-ft well in a rural Kenyan village to provide clean, fresh water and £780 to provide primary school education for 30 children for a year in Bangladesh.
Alternatively, individual gifts for friends and family are available from just £7. New individual gifts include business-skills training for three women in Mali to help them develop an income generating business (£13.50), a first aid kit for a family in Burma to treat minor injuries (£18) and an art workshop for a group of young people in Haiti to help them deal with the trauma of the recent earthquake (£69).
The printed and online catalogues are available and E-card gifts can be purchased right up to Christmas day and beyond.
The deadline for purchases from the printed catalogue is 17 December 2010.