Have you, like us,thought of including meaningful, ethical gifts that take a stance against climate change, enhance food and medical supplies for those in need or promote clean water in your gift guide this holiday season? In true spirit of the holidays, Plan International Canada is calling on Canadians to consider giving ethically (and eco-friendly) as part of its Gifts of Hope program. Here are some ideas to consider. —Vita Daily
help children in emergencies ($55). Help save lives in the wake of natural disasters or other emergencies by providing families with shelter, food, clean water, household essentials and medical supplies, as well as ensuring children are safe.
hygiene kit for girls ($22). Soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste can mean less chance of getting sick, protecting her health when escaping violence or natural disasters. Sanitary products like menstrual pads promote hygiene and prevent stigmatization, so she can continue to attend classes, with confidence.
small but mighty, buzzing bees ($35). Bees help hardworking families produce honey and thriving crops, for a source of food and income.
plant a tree ($12). This gift provides protection and shade in children’s school yards and is also sure to be a hit with nature lovers.
the gift of girl power ($100). Girls have a unique ability to change the world and the lives of those around them. It’s about creating a world where every girl has the chance to harness her unique power to shape her own future and change the world.
the gift of clean water for families ($80). The burden of finding safe drinking water usually falls on girls, who must travel long distances every day—missing school and leaving them vulnerable to risky situations along the way. Community-based water solutions, complemented by training on proper sanitation and hygiene, keep girls safe and in school, bringing water and peace of mind to everyone.
the gift of a Goat ($75). Goat’s milk means important protein for growing children, especially girls. The sale of offspring means an income to pay for essentials—like an education—that open up opportunities for girls.