How it works
World Gifts are CAFOD's range of life-changing virtual gifts.
World Gifts are a range of charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries.
Choose your gifts and order them online, by freephone 0808 14 000 14 or by returning the order form at the back of the World Gifts catalogue.
Receive a beautifully illustrated card of your chosen gift, together with a presentation gift envelope, which explains how their gift can help people fighting poverty in developing countries.
Personalise the card and give the gift card by hand or by post to your friend or loved-one (or send them a personalised e-gift direct when you order online).
In the meantime, the money you have spent will go into the appropriate World Gifts charity fund - and help to pay for similar work around the world to transform the lives of individuals, families and communities in the developing world with your gift.
How the funds work
Each World Gift is a real example of CAFOD's work. When you choose a gift, you support the area of our work that this gift represents.
So, for example, when you buy chickens, you support our work with poor farmers in rural areas of developing countries by contributing to our Livestock, Agriculture and Livelihoods fund.
This gives us the flexibility to respond in the best way possible to the individual needs of the different communities we work with all over the world.
Livestock, Agriculture and Livelihoods fund
Farming is often the only means of survival for people living in poverty. But, for many, poor climate, lack of equipment, or no training makes even just growing enough food to survive impossible.
The World Gifts Livestock, Agriculture and Livelihoods fund provides people in the developing world with aid for essential skills to provide for themselves for the long term – from farming the land and rearing animals, to starting a small-scale business.
By buying a World Gift in this fund, you make a world of difference to many communities, especially rural areas.
Health and Care fund
Poverty often means people have no access to medical care, so many die from easily preventable diseases.
The World Gifts Health and Care fund supports healthcare, disease prevention, HIV and AIDS work, plus care for the most vulnerable people in poor communities.
By buying a World Gift in this fund, you give people who are in desperate need of medical attention the chance of a safe recovery.
World Gifts transform lives. In some of the world’s poorest places, water – the most basic requirement for human life – is in short supply.
The World Gifts Water fund provides poor communities with this life-saving essential.
By buying a World Gift in this fund, you ensure people living on the edge of survival have access to this vital resource.
Education and Skills Training fund
Many people living in poverty have had no education or training, preventing them from earning a decent living and making life all the more precarious. The World Gifts Education and Skills Training fund gives people of all ages the chance to learn, so they can work towards brighter and more secure futures.
By buying a World Gift in this fund, you give people the chance to learn life-changing skills.
Emergency, Conflict and Rehabilitation fund
When disaster strikes, people are often left with nothing - in countries with little or no emergency services, many communities are lucky to survive.
The World Gifts Emergency, Conflicts and Rehabilitation fund provides immediate aid such as food, water and shelter, but also continues supporting vulnerable communities as they rebuild and prepare against future emergencies.
Our special refugee gifts; Food for a family and Winter survival kit, help to support refugee families and the income from these gifts goes directly towards CAFOD's Refugee crisis appeal.
By buying any of our Emergency World Gifts, you help people who have lost everything, giving them the chance to get back on their feet.
As well as virtual gifts, we also offer finishing touches such as chocolates, colouring pencils and bags to complete your World Gift order.
These gifts do not go into a specific World Gift fund, but the income raised goes to CAFOD's unrestricted and general fund, meaning that we can use this money wherever it is needed most.
World Gifts are provided by CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency, and a member of Caritas International, a worldwide network of Catholic relief and development organisations.
We work with partners in some of the poorest communities in the world, listening to their needs and helping them to find their own solutions. We work with all people regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality.