As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the gift of love we receive, it is important that we consider our own opportunity to give in return.
A Caritas Australia Global Gift helps make lasting change to some of the world’s poorest communities.
Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church, works in partnership with local communities in over 30 countries globally to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Caritas’ Head of Engagement and Sustainability, David Armstrong said life – saving Global Gifts, spanning the range of Caritas Australia's development programs are available for purchase, from water, food and agriculture to healthcare, education and emergency relief. Gifts can also be made to entire communities. Supporters can select their gift amount, making it possible to tailor gifts to suit any budget.
"Across the world Caritas is working to alleviate poverty and assist people to live healthier, happier lives. With each gift you choose, you’re standing in solidarity with children, women and men living in the world’s most vulnerable communities,” said Mr Armstrong.
“When you send a gift to a friend, colleague or loved one, you’re helping to spread the message that we’re all part of one global family, working to make the world a better place.”
The funds raised through Global Gifts this Christmas will give access to clean water to children and empower men and women to develop sustainable streams of income. By giving the gift of emergency relief, communities that have lost everything can be helped to get back on their feet.
In Cambodia, Caritas Australia is working alongside local partners to bring the joy of learning to young people like Nin, 14. When Nin’s mother, a widow, became chronically ill and was unable to earn a living, Nin was forced to drop out of school.
Through Caritas, Nin received financial assistance and study materials to return to school. She is now happy and working to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse.
“Thanks to your support, entire communities are empowered to create brighter futures for themselves. Whether you buy one gift or many, you touch the life of a community, bringing hope and joy,” said Mr Armstrong.
Global Gifts can be purchased from November 1 by visiting www.caritas.org.au/globalgifts or by calling 1800 024 413.