You buy a charity gift card and somehow it turns up as a goat or sewing machine or clean water on the other side of the world. How does this happen? Here’s how the process works, impacting a child’s life and even stimulating the local economy at the same time.
11 Oct, 2016
We’ve all had that sinking feeling the day before family Christmas when we realise we’ve forgotten to buy a gift for our Great Aunt Mildred. With not much time to spare, you jump onto the Compassion website, order a Gift of Compassion, and you’re good to go. Crisis averted.
You pat yourself on the back as you’ve ticked two boxes: you’ve purchased a gift and you’re doing something charitable at the same time. But how much time do you spend thinking about where your money is going? How does the gift card you bought turn into a goat or a sewing machine or clean water on the other side of the world?
We’re glad you asked!
How are the gifts chosen?
Our church partners around the world identify the greatest needs in their communities. The gifts in our catalogue meet those needs, allowing children to have the security, health, skills and opportunities they need to grow and develop.
The impact of these gifts is tangible. Families are given a means of survival, young people are trained and equipped, and most importantly, Compassion staff work with families to ensure gifts are sustainable and empowering.
You can give a Baby Essentials Kit to help new mums care for their newborns.
Stimulating local economies
When you purchase a chicken, goat or cow from the Gifts of Compassion catalogue, we don’t send a shipping container filled with Aussie livestock to take to children living in poverty. Not only would that be exorbitantly expensive (and would probably be blocked by customs!), but it’s also not in the best interests of the communities of the children and families.
Except for the Sawyer water filters, all of the gifts in our catalogue are sourced from our church partner's local communities. So when you buy a Gift of Compassion, you’re helping to stimulate the local economy, which can improve living standards and increase job opportunities for the families in our program.
Help young adults in Compassion's programs learn a vocation, setting them up for a bright future.
Facilitating good development work
When you buy from the Gifts of Compassion catalogue, your life-changing gift will fund the activity described in the card, or other similar initiatives.
Good development work means responding to the changing needs of the children and families in Compassion’s programs around the world. If at the time of purchase there isn’t a need for your chosen gift, the funds will go towards a comparable, more urgent initiative.
Your gift will be delivered through local staff and churches who are best placed to identify the needs of each child registered with Compassion. Your gift will go to the children and families who need it most.
So the answer to the burning question ‘do charity gift cards work?’—when it comes to Gifts of Compassion—is a resounding YES!
Browse the full catalogue Gifts of Compassion catalogue and check out the new, life-changing gifts.
Words by Monique Wallace and Zoe Noakes