Giving the gift of compassion at Christmas

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Caritas supports internally displaced families at the Khamsadegaig camp for victims of the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region. Photo: Paul Jeffery/Caritas Australia.
Caritas supports internally displaced families at the Khamsadegaig camp for victims of the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. Photo: Paul Jeffery/Caritas Australia.

Caritas is calling on Australians to think globally and give the gift of compassion this Christmas.

The Caritas Australia Global Gifts program takes in all facets of the charity’s community development programs including water, food, agriculture, healthcare, education and emergency assistance.

Supporters can choose from seven global gifts ranging in price from $10 will provide educational materials about safe water options and hygiene practices to prevent spread of waterborne diseases in Tanzania through to $1500 to support an entire community in Mozambique.

“Your generosity in buying a Global Gift will help bring lasting change for some of the poorest people in the world,” said Caritas Australia senior direct marketing co-ordinator Eamon Sharkey.

“Money raised through Global Gifts this Christmas will also help vulnerable children have better access to education; improve health and hygiene and enable vulnerable men and women to develop sustainable income streams.”

Caritas Australia works with local communities in more than 30 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and Australia.

In Timor Leste, Caritas and local partners are bringing the joy of sustainable agriculture and new livelihoods to vulnerable communities like Flabiana’s.

Flabiana and her family were forced to flee their village in Timor Leste due to conflict and unrest.

They returned to their village to find food in short supply with limited prospects for sustainable agriculture until they received support from the Integrated Rural Community Development  program co-ordinated by Caritas Australia

Purchase a Global Gift: www.caritas.org.au/globalgifts