"Virtual" charity gifts - not just goats and chickens anymore! - the little lioness

“Virtual” charity gifts – not just goats and chickens anymore!

Chicken charity gift card

I’ve started my Xmas gift buying (you know, the stuff that strikes me as awesome on Etsy and I manage to buy ahead of time), and also just general browsing of the charity sites for ideas that are also awesome and ethical…. and I’ve stumbled across a few things this morning that I need to bookmark for future use!

UNICEF charity gifts

First up, I was REALLY excited to see that UNICEF have VACCINATIONS as a charity gift. You can pay for 200 polio vaccines for $40, or 200 measles vaccines for $71.

polioA girl receives a polio vaccine during the Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign at the Kandapara brothel in Tangail on 1 February 2014.  Dhaka, Saturday, 25 January 2014: For the first time Bangladesh today launched its largest ever Measles-Rubella (MR) campaign aiming to reach 52 million children aged nine months to under 15 years to protect them against these infectious diseases. Organized by the Government of Bangladesh, this campaign is one of the biggest public health mobilization efforts in the country, engaging thousands of vaccinators and volunteers. The campaign will cover more than 170,000 schools and 150,000 immunization centers over a three week period (ending 13 February 2014) with a special attention on children living on the streets and other high-risk populations.Plans are underway to vaccinate children living on the streets and other high-risk populations in urban areas who may not attend school or go to community vaccination sites. In the urban areas, teams have been assigned to cover railway stations, bus stations, river and sea terminals, parks and even footpaths. Special teams have also been mobilized to cover hard-to-reach areas such as haor (surrounded by water) and char (small islands) areas, large market places, rice mills, brick fields, brothels and places where working mothers live with their children. Routine measles vaccination coverage has reached 86 per cent  of children aged under one year in Bangladesh. This means that around one million children under one year remain susceptible to measles each year as they are left out or unable to develop immunity. Although in 2012, Bangladesh introduced measles second dose vaccine for children aged 15 months, older children still remained susceptible to the disease. These children need a second chance for survival. If a woman is infected with rubella, particularly before conception and during the first three months of pregnancy, there is 90 per cent chance of her passing the infection on to he

They also have Therapeutic food, clean water and educational gifts.

Care Australia Charity goftsCARE Australia is also in on the charity gifts, with bee hives and musical instruments for classrooms as well as Condoms and sex education! CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring about lasting change to their communities. They are a non-religious charity (as are UNICEF, Oxfam and Amnesty), which is a plus in my books!

Charity gift card - emergency toilet

Oxfam Unwrapped is one of the older “virtual goat” options, which I’ve happily bought from in the past. With ecards and “IRL” gift cards to give and send your friends. Some cool gifts are emergency toilets, wells and clean water, and manure. Sweet!

And lastly this one isn’t virtual, but I know people who need powerbanks, so why not an Amnesty one?

Amnesty Internation Mobile power bank
Amnesty International Portable phone charger, $29.95.

Of course, gifts aren’t just for Christmas…. I mean who wouldn’t want to receive 360 tablets of anti-malarial drugs as a “Thank you for being awesome” gift?

Check out my other Xmas gift guides:
Australian online handmade gifts 1

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6 comments for ““Virtual” charity gifts – not just goats and chickens anymore!

  1. October 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing these, Fiona! I’ve given goats and chickens (and bunnies!) through different orgs before. Love that new ideas are available — I totally want to give an emergency toilet now! Way impressed that you’re already planning holiday gifts. I am definitely not as organized as you are.

    • October 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Oh I’m not all that organised, it’s just the anount of pay days til the bog day has me scared!!!

  2. October 27, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Such a great idea. Thanks for you updates.

  3. October 28, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I LOVE this idea and DOH! It could have been one of my themes in our KK… next year!

    • October 28, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      :) I think they make great gifts :)

  4. November 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I did this last year and will be buying more goats and chickens this year too.

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