Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hands of Hope...a different kind of Gift for Christmas!

Sometimes it's hard to find that perfect gift for someone either because they seem to already have everything or they're just plain hard to shop for! I also struggle with getting gifts that are just going to sit around not being used.

Well, here are three wonderful gift ideas that will 1) not collect dust, 2) honor the person you give it to, and 3) help save lives! (And for those of you with kids in school...think teacher gifts!)

Hands of Hope, a charity of Women Helping Women A World Away, is announcing that their Holiday Gift Cards are available for purchase.

These cards provide food, income and water for impoverished women and children in Zambia, Uganda, and Southern Sudan. They can be purchased on the Hands of Hope website for $15.00, $30.00 and $50.00.

Purchasing these cards will provide goats, chickens or wells to help change lives. What could be a more meaningful gift for holiday giving for family, friends, and customer appreciation?

Hands of Hope helps mobilize communities to respond to the needs of women and children around the world. With an ever-expanding support base in the Chicago area, Hands of Hope works to raise community awareness regarding poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa and its relevance globally. We are confident in the integrity of the channels we have established so that contributions provide the highest possible impact for the most critical needs.

Chicken Cards

These lovely cards each represent a gift of twelve chicks. Help an impoverished family with a gift of chicks. $15.00 each.

The inside of the card reads:
A gift of twelve chicks has been purchased and given to an impoverished family in Africa in your honor by __________________

As the flock multiplies, a struggling family will be given the hope to survive. Your gift will help those in need for generations to come.

Goats Program Gift Cards

These lovely cards each represent an actual goat being purchased for a needy family. Beyond providing much needed milk, a few goats can quickly become a herd, providing sustenance and additional income that can make the difference between whether a child goes to school or not. $30.00 each.

The inside of the card reads:
A gift of a goat has been purchased and given to an impoverished family in Africa in your honor By___________________

Offspring from your goat will be passed along to other needy families in villages where people are struggling to survive. This gift will bring hope and survival to many a continent away.

Well Gift Cards

Donations from these cards will go toward digging wells in the Western Province of Zambia. $50.00 each.

The inside of the card reads:
A donation has been given towards funding a well in the Western Province of Zambia in your honor by_______________

Statistics show that nearly half of all people in developing countries suffer from health related problems caused by unsafe water. In addition, African women and children spend several hours every day collecting water which is often miles away and may or may not be contaminated. This well will provide clean and safe drinking water and will go a long way to ease a heavy burden for hundreds of village people who struggle daily with basic physical needs.

If you're interested in purchasing any of these cards, please visit the HOH website here and scroll to the bottom of the page for purchasing information.

Be sure to check out how Hands of Hope got their start, and also see what their current projects are right now.

1 comment:

Jaime said...

What a brilliant idea!