Top ten Christmas charity gifts

Violette Bukeyeneza with her cow. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.
Violette Bukeyeneza with her cow. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.

Christmas is all about giving and some gifts go that bit further. Have a look at our top ten Christmas charity gifts on offer and spread the cheer to someone in need. These gifts may be hard to wrap, but couldn't be easier to give.

1. Six chickens

By shelling out for six chickens, you can help feed a family all year round. One chicken alone can lay up to 200 eggs a year, which provides food and nourishment. By selling the surplus eggs or by hatching chicks throughout the year, a family can earn money for other necessities. Olivier and Kevin care for their family chickens, a gift from Concern and thanks to the proceeds, Olivier and Kevin can now attend school and look forward to a bright future. This egg-cellent gift really is a Christmas cracker!

Kevin Niyomuhoza (6) and Olivier Iranyumviye (10) with their chickens. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.
Kevin Niyomuhoza (6) and Olivier Iranyumviye (10) with their chickens. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.

2. Mosquito net

Mosquito nets are a simple but effective way of protecting people against Malaria, keeping mosquitoes at bay and enabling a family to sleep safe and sound. Now, Brothers Salomon, David, Issa, and Selemani can sleep soundly together under the safety of their mosquito net. 

Brothers Salomon (3), David (6), Issa (10) and Selemani (13) in bed with their mosquito net. Photo: Chris de Bode / Concern Worldwide.
Brothers Salomon (3), David (6), Issa (10) and Selemani (13) in bed with their mosquito net. Photo: Chris de Bode / Concern Worldwide.

3. Home garden

Families with limited food resources often eat the same simple meals to fill their stomachs. Often, these meals don't provide healthy nutrients that are especially important for growing children. Concern provides the seeds and training needed for families to grow their own home gardens. This will provide families with nutritious vegetables such as spinach and tomatoes that can enrich their diet.

Euphemia Inina waters her market garden at her home in Mabayi, Cibitoke. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.
Euphemia Inina waters her market garden at her home in Mabayi, Cibitoke. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide.

4. Thermal blankets

Christmas is all about snuggling up with your loved ones, far away from the cold outside! Wrap a family displaced by war, conflict or natural disaster up in thermal blankets, and keep them safe from extreme weather conditions. This is a gift that will truly warm hearts!

Wafdeh* (20) with her youngest daughter Rajaa* wrapped in a thermal blanket in their makeshift kitchen. Photo: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide.
Wafdeh* (20) with her youngest daughter Rajaa* wrapped in a thermal blanket in their makeshift kitchen. Photo: Gavin Douglas/ Concern Worldwide.

5. School fees

All children should dream and aspire to be whatever they want to be. You can give a child the best start in life by investing in their education.The gift of education is truly lifesaving for children like Elizabeth from Nairobi. Elizabeth attends St. Francis School, and each day she goes to class, she becomes more empowered to lead a healthier, more productive life. This gift could help children like Elizabeth to shape their future and lead a life free from poverty.

Saliha* (7) attends school at the newly repaired school on one of the Char islands severely affected by recent floods. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.
Saliha* (7) attends school at the newly repaired school on one of the Char islands severely affected by recent floods. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.

6. Piglet

This little piggy would make the perfect gift for a family. Piglets are affordable and super easy to look after and better yet, they grow up to provide income and security, especially when they have little piglets of their own! 8-year-old Jack helps look after the family pig, along with six goats, some chickens and pigeons. He is studying at school and hopes to become a nurse or doctor one day.

18-year-old Jack helps look after the family pig, along with six goats, some chickens and pigeons. Photo: Chris de Bode/Concern Worldwide, Burundi, 2017.
18-year-old Jack helps look after the family pig, along with six goats, some chickens and pigeons. Photo: Chris de Bode/Concern Worldwide, Burundi, 2017.

7. Potatoes

Implemented by our potato programme to diversify livelihood options for farmers in highland areas, this incredibly versatile crop is now being grown by 5,000 families! The humble spud is useful for nutrition, as well as income generation and with high productivity on a small amount of land, these very aPEELing vegetables are truly improving the lives of many.

Mehamed Ahimed Ali (15) shows some of the potatoes from his family's successful harvest thanks to Concern. Photo: Jennifer Nolan, Ethiopia, 2017.
Mehamed Ahimed Ali (15) shows some of the potatoes from his family's successful harvest thanks to Concern. Photo: Jennifer Nolan, Ethiopia, 2017.

8. Cow

For a start, they provide 200,000 glasses of milk in their lifetime, which is an essential source of calcium for everyone in the family, particularly vulnerable little ones. They also produce lots of manure, a blessing in disguise to keep the land fed and happy! All in all, great moos for cow owners!

Esperence Kayobera (32) with her daughter Penina (15) feeding the family cow, Burundi 2017. Photo: Chris de Bode/Concern Worldwide
Esperence Kayobera (32) with her daughter Penina (15) feeding the family cow, Burundi 2017. Photo: Chris de Bode/Concern Worldwide

9. Emergency shelter

When disaster strikes, families run for their lives, often fleeing with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Millions end up in refugee camps, seeking food, water, and safety. At camps around the world, Concern distributes shelter materials, such as rope and sturdy plastic sheeting, so uprooted families can put a roof over their heads.

68 year old widow, Kataina Mutoo, shows off her new tarpaulin at Bushani camp in Masisi, DRC, which she received as part of a Concern Worldwide distribution, DRC, 2017. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.
68 year old widow, Kataina Mutoo, shows off her new tarpaulin at Bushani camp in Masisi, DRC, which she received as part of a Concern Worldwide distribution, DRC, 2017. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.

10. Eco stove

These compact contraptions can cook all types of food quickly and hygienically, can boil water to clear bacteria and burn wood more efficiently than traditional stoves. This means that families don't deplete their wood store so quickly and these stoves can help to preserve forests.

Abamoltho Gdra is part of the Concern Worldwide supplementary feeding programme in Gambella, Ethiopia. She received an Eco stove as a gift from Concern to help her cook nutritious meals for her family, Ethiopia, 2017. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.
Abamoltho Gdra is part of the Concern Worldwide supplementary feeding programme in Gambella, Ethiopia. She received an Eco stove as a gift from Concern to help her cook nutritious meals for her family, Ethiopia, 2017. Photo: Jennifer Nolan / Concern Worldwide.

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