Christian Aid’s virtual gift shop, Charity Gifts
, has launched five new offerings for Christmas 2019 that could provide a lifeline to women, particularly mothers, living in poverty.
These gifts could support those living with the effects of gender inequality – a major cause and effect of poverty. It is estimated that one in three women experience gender-based violence within their lifetime, and approximately one third of married women in developing countries report having little or no say over their own healthcare.
A gift could provide a woman in India with training in tailoring (£19), giving her a life-changing opportunity to send her children to school and break the generational cycle of poverty. A weaving loom (£40) for a woman in Afghanistan could give her the opportunity to earn a sustainable income.
Other new gifts include an emergency shelter (£28) for a woman and her family in Afghanistan, so they can survive the harsh winter and hot summer until they are able to return home; a child-friendly space (£93) to help a child living in a refugee camp to feel safe again; and a turkey (£7) that could provide a family in Bangladesh with both food and a healthy income from meat and eggs.
Christian Aid's head of strategic communications, Deborah Auty said: “We are encouraging the public to buy ethically this Christmas and consider buying a Charity Gift present, instead of a traditional one, for their friends and family.
“We have a wide range of gifts, which will appeal to adult and children alike, with prices to suit all budgets. Every purchase acts as a donation to the work of Christian Aid and its local partners. Each present is accompanied by a lively card explaining more about the gift and the related project.”
Just £9 could provide a child living in the occupied Palestinian territory with antibiotics, or £20 could provide a woman in Brazil with a safe place to sleep for a night and counselling after experiencing domestic violence.
For a slightly higher budget, £115 could provide mothers and children in remote Kenya with a mobile health clinic to provide much-needed medical care, including antenatal check-ups and immunisations, in remote areas, or £150 could provide a cow for a woman in Ethiopia, giving them higher social status and an income, as well as milk and meat.
To find out more, visit https://charity-gifts.christianaid.org.uk/
or to donate to our Christmas Appeal visit: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christmas-appeal