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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Give a cow this Christmas - or some chickens?
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¬†Instead of buying someone yet another tie this Christmas - why not get a brood of chickens for family in El Salvador? They will have nutritious eggs to eat all year and chickens to sell at market. Spend more and you could buy a cow for an Ethiopian village. This year, chickens and cows are expected to be among the most popular presents in the CAFOD Christmas catalogue, but there are lots of other practical gifts on offer like emergency shelter, seeds for farmers and even toilets. The catalogue is a unique way to give a gift twice over, once to your family member, loved one or friend and secondly directly to those who need it most. The buyer's friend, family member or colleague will receive a gift card and certificate describing the gift that has been bought. CAFOD in consultation with its partners will use the funds to purchase the specified items or service and tackle poverty in communities around the world. CAFOD spokesman Damian Colin said: " If you are looking for unusual, original and thought-provoking gifts this year, look no further! This is a catalogue with a difference. "The gift of a cow at £72 provide the means for a community in Ethiopia to be able to feed themselves, ensuring that families have milk and manure to spread on their fields. This gift also comes with training to support farmers in how to keep their animals in the best of health. "The gift of peace is very apt at Christmas time, and with £40 you could offer the hand of peace through counselling and rehabilitation of child soldiers as young as eight years old in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who have seen and done things that no child should experience." Gifts can be purchased from as little as £7 to £500 and focus on agricultural projects, health, education, and shelter in countries in Africa, Asia/ Southeast Asia South Eastern Europe (Serbia) and Latin America. Last year CAFOD was able to raise in excess of £1.1 million through its World Gifts. A child dies every 15 seconds somewhere in the world from water-related disease; this amounts to nearly 6,000 deaths a day. The gift of water at £30 will buy a reliable supply of clean drinking water right to a family's door in Nicaragua, creating enough water for cooking, washing and cleaning. CAFOD's international director Lesley-Anne Knight said: " This is an imaginative and informative way of supporting CAFOD's work in helping people cope with what life throws at them. It is also a great way of raising awareness on the issues of poverty in the world and at the same time makes giving fun." For further information e-mail: nanto-awuakye@cafod.org.uk
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