Play is often over-looked as a priority for people living in poverty. Schools, hospitals, shelter and businesses are often felt to be the most pressing concerns. Sadly, many children in poor or war-torn countries miss out on this essential element of any child’s development.
Few recognise how important play can be – particularly a team sport such as football. This has all changed since the major charities set up charity gift schemes. Many of these schemes run football, netball, basketball and even skipping rope charity gifts. It is now possible to give the gift of play to impoverished children.
The benefits of ball games like football are many. Playing in a team has become a very significant means of fostering peace and unity in divided communities. Christian Aid, for example, work in Burundi amongst the Hutu and Tutsi people. Basketball games have proved an effective way of getting people to lay aside their differences.
Sport attracts a crowd in Malawi, just the way it does in the UK. World Vision have been able to effect large numbers of people by bringing them together at sporting events. These events are used to raise awareness of the importance of education, and to encourage parents to enroll their children in school. The charity gift of a football can bring a lot a fun, but it can also be used to transform a community.
Play is essential for the normal development of a child. Competing and playing together in a team scenario can give children a sense of empowerment and independence. UNICEF’s football charity gift is focused on enabling children to express themselves in this way.
Click here to buy this charity gift from UNICEF
If the football charity gifts aren’t for you, the range of charity gifts on offer is wide – there really is something for everyone. 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.
Click on any of the links below to browse all the available charity gifts. Whatever gift you choose, you can be sure that your charity gift is really making a practical difference to lives of poor people.
Oxfam – Unwrapped 
CAFOD – World Gifts