Present Aid supports ethical giving and social change

By agency reporter
November 30, 2013

Present Aid, Christian Aid’s virtual gift shop, which is backed by Ekklesia and others, has launched 22 new ethical gifts for Christmas 2013.

The new gifts, which start from £5 for a course of antibiotics for a sick Palestinian child who has restricted access to healthcare, support Christian Aid’s work with poor communities on health and sanitation, emergency support, agriculture and education.

£9 will buy a chicken for a family in South Sudan, allowing them to start a small business selling eggs. £33 will provide Syrian refugees with a kitchen set, allowing them to prepare meals for their family, and £48 will pay for a veterinary kit which will enable a community health worker in Ethiopia to treat sick animals.

New Group Gifts, which allow buyers to team up with others at their school, club, church or workplace, include a nine-month scholarship for a girl in Cambodia (£93), a young cow (£155) which could provide a rural family with a source of income, a community well (£268) and a week's worth of meals for street children in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh (£848). Alternatively groups can bunch together individual gifts of their choice.

Also new for this Christmas are six ‘Gift Bundles’. Each bundle supports a different area of Christian Aid’s work, with prices starting from £20.

The Healthcare bundle (£70) will enable a mobile doctor to carry out regular health visits and provide potentially lifesaving treatment. It will also help to equip volunteers with test kits and transport to allow them to diagnose malaria cases in remote areas. While the Emergency and Disaster bundle (£35) could provide a family with blankets, bed linen and food for a month, helping to save lives during an emergency.

All Present Aid gifts, including bestsellers such as the goat (£19) and first aid kit (£18), help support the charity’s vital, and often lifesaving work with poor and vulnerable communities around the world.

Present Aid gift cards come in a number of new designs and can be sent by post, as an e-card, or can be printed at home. To receive a Present Aid gift card by post, orders must be placed by 13th December.

Present Aid, which launched in 2005, has raised more than £16 million for Christian Aid’s work with poor communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

* More on Present Aid via Ekklesia here: http://tinyurl.com/oxvleec

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