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Charity Gifts of education and skills training

World Gifts from our Education and Skills Training Fund will give people of all ages the chance to learn, fulfill their potential and work towards a brighter, more secure future. Sport, especially football, is a fantastic way to bring children together. In Peixinhos, Brazil, domestic and gang violence are common and often caused by drugs, unemployment and lack of access to quality education. One of CAFOD's partners in Brazil is using football to break this cycle of violence, drugs and unemployment which are ever present in the lives of many families in the community.Football workshops allow children and young people to build trust, team work, ambition and a good work ethic through physical exercise. Many are from rival gangs so...

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Charity gifts of water

Clean safe water is in short supply in some of the world's poorest communities. World Gifts from our Water Fund directly provide developing communities with this life-saving essential. We'll raise a glass to that! Josefa and her eight young children live in a small village in Guatemala. Before there was a water supply in the village, Josefa and her children had to make four trips every day to collect water. Each trip took half an hour and carrying heavy containers of water was exhausting, especially for the children. When World Gifts installed a water supply in the village, life for the whole family changed. Josefa no longer needs to spend hours of every day collecting water or washing clothes far...

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Charity Gifts for health

World Gifts brought from our Health and Care Fund ensure that people in urgent need of medical attention receive the vital support and treatment they need. These gifts also support good hygiene practices and nutrition, protecting the health of vulnerable communities long term. In the western highlands of Guatemala, La Natividad Parish runs a mobile health clinic. A long recovery from civil war and annual droughts and food shortages contribute to the fact that as many as 60 per cent of children in this area have experienced chronic malnutrition. This clinic is just one of the mother-child health initiatives World Gifts supports to combat malnutrition. Santa Agripina’s youngest son, 14-month-old Jansel, had been so sick he’d nearly died, but was...

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Charity Gifts for growing a living, chickens and farming

Choosing a gift from the World Gifts Livestock, Agriculture and Livelihoods Fund can give people the skills, tools and animals they need to improve their standard of living. In Tanzania, your gifts of Chirpy chickens have been directly helping families for years, producing eggs for families to eat or sell and giving farming communities there the chance of a better future.Winfreda lives with her husband and nine children in the Tanzanian countryside. In 2009 she started keeping chickens to help boost her family’s income. With our support she received two chickens, along with training in how to build a coop and care for them. Many chickens later, business is growing: Winfreda can now pay school fees for three of her...

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New emergency gifts for refugees

Help a refugee family in crisis this Christmas with an emergency gift from World Gifts. Emergency gifts: Rohingya crisis Over 500,000 people are estimated to have fled into Bangladesh to escape violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Many of these refugees are sleeping in the open air and are in desperate need of food and water. Others are in makeshift refugee camps along the side of the road, or wherever they can find space.CAFOD's partner, Caritas Bangladesh, are distributing emergency shelter, much needed food and clean water to refugee families.Choose a gift to support families in crisis in Bangladesh Emergency gifts: Syria crisis The civil war in Syria continues to force refugees into Jordan and Lebanon, where they can face terrible hardship...

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