Posts Tagged ‘giving’

What are you giving for Christmas?

December 8, 2012

A camel?

camel

A friend posted that her 6 year old had a tantrum over the Christmas present he thought he would be getting this year. In the first world we are focused on getting instead of giving, eating instead of fasting, consuming instead of simplifying our lives. How can be change that?

Ann Voskamp has an excellent post here on how to have more grateful kids.  She has some great ideas on how to change the culture from one of wanting to one of giving.

One of the things I have done over the last few years (since my daughter, then aged about 9, asked for a World Vision child sponsorship as her Christmas present) is to give goats, and fish farms, and cataract operations and mosquito nets as presents. Perhaps the cataract operations weren’t such a good idea. I gave them to my husband and he had his own cataract surgery (with complications!) the following year!  It’s fun to try and choose an appropriate present.  MissN was given mosquito nets (the mozzies always bite her!)  My niece usually gets school supplies or sports equipment for third world kids.

Here are some places you can buy the kind of gifts that bless you, bless the recipient of the card and bless the recipient of the goods. You can’t beat that for giving!
Gospel for Asia – a weaving loom, a rickshaw, an outdoor toilet, a camel?
World Vision – soccer balls, a fish farm, a stable full of animals?
Compassion– toothbrushes, veggie seeds?
Tear Australia – tree seedlings, a smokeless stove?
Christian Blind Mission – glasses for children, a wheelchair?

There are a vast range of organisations which you can purchase from.  There are some good ideas here.  And hereKarma Currency enables the recipient to choose where their gift will be donated.  And the wonderful Kiva organisation (just made my 20th loan!) have gift cards, which enable your gift recipients to loan to someone in the third world. And keep on loaning, once their loan has been repaid.

Let’s make giving the essence of Christmas this year.  And giving to the least fortunate, those who haven’t been blessed to have been born into our affluent societies.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Jude 2

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Kiva – empowering people to escape poverty

August 2, 2011

You know the Chinese proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Well,  Kiva has a great promotion at the moment – join up and qualify for a free $25 loan.  You get to choose whom to loan to, and they foot the bill.  Don’t miss this opportunity to bless and empower the life of someone less fortunate than yourself. Our family has made a couple of Kiva loans and it’s empowering to partner with someone in a small way ($25 is less than the cost of 2 movie tickets) but know that you are helping them escape poverty.

Everyone will live in peace and prosperity,
      enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees,
      for there will be nothing to fear. (Micah 4:4)

What a goal to work towards!

Sign up here.  They only have 4000 1378 756 0 free loans so be quick!

Update: All the free loans are gone. Consider investing $25 in the future of a family in need. Once the loan is repaid, you can invest it again and again and bless other families. Continuous giving!

Update again: Looks like they just added another 4000 free loans!

Jude 2

Menu for Hope – Lesotho, kelerata

December 16, 2008

Tis the season for giving! It is more blessed to give than to receive.

menuforhope

Go and check out this online raffle from one of my favourite food bloggers, Clotilde, who writes:

“The funds raised will benefit the United Nations’ World Food Programme and more specifically, their school feeding program in Lesotho, which provides breakfast and lunch to primary school children; we have chosen to support the same program as we did last year, for which — hang on to your bonnet — $91,188 were raised.”

Lesotho is dear to my heart. We grew up with a Mosotho lady, Sophie Sithole, who worked in our home, cleaning, cooking and caring for us. (This was common in South Africa in the sixties and seventies). I studied Sesotho at university. We sponsor a little boy in Lesotho, Refiloe, through World Vision. (This was MissN’s request for her Christmas present 5 years ago).  We would love to visit him on our next visit to South Africa.

sotho-hutsWe spent a few holidays at Cathedral Peak Hotel (on the border with lesotho) when we lived in South Africa and in 1986 we hiked up into Lesotho to climb Cleft Peak (3281m – I will never forget that altitude!)  And we took my dad there 4 years ago when MissN and I visited South Africa. Friends from my previous church are from Lesotho. It’s a beautiful and a proud country with a fascinating history, but a very poor one.

So.. I challenge you to forfeit 3 Starbucks coffees and participate in this program.  I am going to! Anyone else?

Lesotho, kelerata!

Kgotso!

Chickens, rabbits and water buffalo for Christmas

November 24, 2008

No, that isn’t my Christmas day menu!

I posted some links a couple of weeks back of organisations with catalogues that provided us with the opportunity to purchase needful things for those who are most needy instead of us privileged ones giving each other more stuff we don’t need, and often don’t even want.   I was really pleased when Christian Blind Mission responded with a comment here.

Gospel for Asia has some really neat ideas – chickens and rabbits for A$12.50 a pair, and how about a water buffalo for a$540 or a well to provide clean water for A$1250, if we could afford to give that amount?  Blankets for A$6.60?  That’s two soy chai lattes I need to forfeit (or just one – I had a really expensive one in Chinatown yesterday! A$6.05…)  Or one magazine!  Kinda puts it in perspective, doesn’t it?  If you have family or friends who just don’t “get” the whole concept of buying them this kind of “virtual” gift and need something tangible to be assured that you love them, what about an Indian shoulder bag for $20?

Can I challenge you to watch this Christmas video and rethink your Christmas gift budget?