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The Health Clinic and Coronavirus

The Health clinic is one of our most popular gifts from the higher price-range. With schools, parishes and individuals raising money to fund the running costs of a health clinic. The real-life example we give you is of the Guarjila clinic in rural El Salvador. During the civil war, the community of Guarjila was cut off from the rest of the country. To receive essential healthcare, the villagers decided to set up their own clinic themselves. Over the years, CAFOD has been funding them to be able to provide specialist healthcare, including gynaecology, prenatal and paediatric care, nutrition advice and counselling.  The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the stark inequality that people living in poverty face. Those without access to clean, safe...

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Showing you care in lockdown

In the UK we're still getting used to the idea of lockdown. In the last couple of weeks our lives have changed so much, and for many of us, it's taking some getting used to. One of the things people are struggling with is not being able to celebrate things with their loved ones. Most people were unable to see their mum on Mother's Day and the longer this goes on the more celebrations we are missing. One way of reaching out to our loved ones, while helping those living in poverty across the world, is to choose a World Gifts ecard. The card goes straight to their inbox and can be personalised with your own message so your loved...

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Emergency Gifts

In the light of Cyclone Idai, which has recently caused huge damage to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi I've been looking at our emergency World Gifts. It's estimated that 2.6 million people are in need of vital humanitarian aid in the coming days and weeks ahead.  CAFOD partners are already on the ground working to provide people with food, such as rice and beans, and hygiene kits. Thanks to regular gifts to our Emergency Response Team and purchases of gifts such as below we've been able to take immediate action. We've pledged an initial £150,000 until we can raise additional funds. If you've been touched by Cyclone Idai, or want to contribute to our emergency response through World Gifts, think about buying one of the...

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Emergency World Gifts

When disaster strikes, we are there ready to respond and provide the life-saving difference to families and communities. War and conflict in places like Yemen and Syria have left millions of people in desperate need of support. Many families don’t know when their next meal will be, have no home for shelter or access to clean water and their communities are often rife with disease. If you want to make a difference to people in conflict and emergency situations like Yemen and Syria this Christmas, buy CAFOD’s Emergency World Gifts and help provide families and communities the life line they need. Help a refugee child - £46 Help a refugee child by providing emotional and educational support. Many children have had...

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Charity emergency gifts

When disaster strikes, World Gifts from our Emergency, Conflict and Rehabilitation Fund can make a life-saving difference to families in urgent need. As well as providing essentials like water, food and shelter in the aftermath of an earthquake, hurricane or flood, CAFOD will also be there for the long term, supporting communities to get back on their feet after the crisis. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013, was one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land. It tore apart the lives of more than 14 million people, destroying homes, schools and roads, and leaving entire communities with no way of making a living.In the year after the typhoon hit, CAFOD's work included distributing food,...

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