Saturday, November 21, 2009

A different kind of Christmas list...

World Vision is a global organization founded in 1950 and one of the world leaders in providing food, medical supplies, and social change to some of the world's most vulnerable communities. With over 26,000 employs in 95 countries around world, World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or religion. Please feel free to visit their website at www.worldvision.org and/or www.worldvisiongifts.org

We accumulate so much stuff every year, how much do we really need? Especially when we consider others that don't have the basic necessities. Consider adding some of these to your Christmas list and if you feel so inclined I'd be happy to 'receive' one of these as a gift as well.

Animals:
2 Ducks: Cost $12
Give ducks to a hungry family today and they’ll benefit from hundreds of large, protein-rich eggs all year long. Extra duck eggs and hatched ducklings can be sold to buy medicine or help send a child to school. Ducks also provide valuable down-feathers and produce fertilizer that can dramatically increase crop yields!

1 Goat: Cost $75
A widow, single mother, or abandoned family will be overjoyed by your gift of a dairy goat. A goat nourishes a family with fresh milk, cheese, and yogurt. And income from the sale of the goat’s offspring and extra dairy products can be used for girls’ school tuition and other needs.

5 Rabbits: Cost $80
Rabbits multiply and multiply their blessings! God created rabbits to be among the most prolific animals on earth, making them a terrific gift for an impoverished family. With a gestation period of just 31 days, a pair of rabbits can easily become 50 rabbits within a single year. These offspring can provide food or be sold at market, producing a steady source of extra income.

Food:
Seeds for 2 families: Cost $34
Impoverished farming families in countries like Thailand, Lesotho, and Zambia struggle to raise enough food for their children. The seeds they use may be of poor quality, or they may not be able to afford seeds at all. These hybrid seeds are both fast growing and drought-resistant providing crops such as maize, rice, cassava, carrots, cabbage, green beans, peas, and onions.

Education:
Education for a Girl: Cost $35
Education is critical in equipping girls and women to overcome poverty. Yet in developing countries, half the girls of primary school age cannot attend classes. Some must work to help their families, or stay home to care for siblings. Others lack money for school fees. Your gift will offer girls the opportunity to learn reading and other valuable skills. You’ll also help them achieve self-esteem, self-confidence, and the chance to realize their full, God-given potential.

Help for Former Slaves:

Sexually exploited girls: Cost $35
Give hope for sexually exploited girls. Your gift will offer girls assistance like medical care, nutritious food, non formal education, vocational training, compassionate counseling, and, where possible, reintegration into a loving family environment.

Safety for an exploited child: Cost $50
In Cambodia, girls from impoverished communities are often taken from their families and forced into slavery as sex workers, street beggars, or laborers. Even those who escape often remain in great danger. Your gift will help build a safe, secure environment for one of these children. You’ll help prevent further exploitation by providing resources like livestock, vocational training, education, counseling, parenting skills, or training to provide income and stability.

Medical Supplies:

Shipping for medical supplies to foreign countries (Africa) : Cost $35
Your gift goes 14 times as far! Every day, thousands of children die because they do not have access to basic medicines that could save their lives. Your gift will multiply 14 times to help ship and distribute essential pharmaceuticals and medical supplies like: antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitic drugs, deworming medications, disposable syringes, gastrointestinal drugs, painkillers, and surgical supplies.

HIV/AIDS Caregiver Kit: Cost $30
All around the world, local volunteer caregivers are serving those affected by AIDS — but the critical supplies they count on to relieve suffering are running dangerously low. Your gift will help provide and ship one kit containing supplies like latex gloves, antibacterial soap, petroleum jelly, and much more to equip those on the front lines of this crisis.

Clothing/Basic Supplies:
Necessities for impoverished American children: Cost $25
This gift multiplies to provide $350 worth of new clothing, diapers, blankets, and shoes to help American children in poverty. Thanks to corporate product donations, your gift will multiply 14 times in value!

Ministry:
4 Bibles in different languages: Cost $18 x 2
In many countries, poverty starves more than stomachs. The Bibles that feed minds and souls are scarce, especially where growing churches have more new believers than Bibles in their local language. Your gift will provide a Bible for a child or adult who is hungry for God’s Word, and can also provide Bible training or support youth Bible clubs in countries like Guatemala, Swaziland, and Zambia.

Misc.:
Congo Refugee Assistance: Cost $35
World Vision is rushing emergency assistance to displaced civilians, often women and children, in the Congo. Many are hungry, most have lost all their property, as they left it behind when fleeing the fighting.

Mosquito Nets for a Whole Family
: Cost $18
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that kills nearly 1 million children every year. Research has shown that bed nets provide one of the best ways to protect kids from malaria. That's why we want to supply 3 million life-saving bed nets for children in the hard-hit African nations of Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, and Mali. Prevention education will be provided with every bed net distributed. Thanks to our partnership with the Against Malaria Foundation, your gift enables us to purchase bed nets at deeply discounted prices, enabling us to protect many more children!

Thanks to fellow blogger Nicole for info!

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