Virtual gifts for Africa

SEEDLINGS: Joseph Ariko of Self Help Africa hands over tree seedlings to a local farmer in Uganda.

WITH the countdown to Christmas now well under-

way, seasonal shoppers are being invited to give gifts that can have a lasting impact, both at home and amongst some of the poorest communities in the world.

GIFT: Esther Ainyo, Programme Manager, Self Help Africa, hands over a bicycle to the local community in Uganda.

As we turn our thoughts in this most challenging year to the festive presents we’ll purchase for our nearest and dearest, Northern Ireland charity Self Help Africa is inviting people to consider going truly ‘virtual,’ with thoughtful gifts that can also be transformational for families in Africa.

With the coronavirus pandemic pushing more and more of our buying online, Self Help Africa Northern Ireland has stocked it’s ‘Lifetime Gifts’ web shop with a range of great products that provide thoughtful cards and certificates for the friends and relatives you’re buying for, while delivering real, potentially life-changing benefits to African people in need.

Denny Elliott, NI Head of Self Help Africa, said: “Self Help Africa Northern Ireland is giving the local community the chance to fill their seasonal stockings with chicks, goats and piglets for families in Ethiopia and Malawi. They could help plant a stand of 100 tree seedlings that will provide food, shelter and protect the environment in Uganda, or buy beehives in Burkina Faso and farm tools and seed to help families in Zambia produce more on their land.”

Self Help Africa Northern Ireland works with rural poor communities to increase the productivity and income potential of Africa’s millions of small-holder farmers.

‘Lifetime Gifts’ are available from Self Help Africa priced from vitamin packed sweet potato vines and drought-tolerant seed varieties for £12 and £15 respectively, to farm tools for £70 and bicycles, provided to community agricultural advisors, for £55.

STOCK: Elderly people in Uganda have received chickens and they say that the birds will help improve their local stock and when they multiply they’ll be able to sell them to meet their personal needs.

All ‘Gifts of Hope’ come with a corresponding gift card that is sent to you or to your intended gift recipient on your behalf. Alternatively, you can select and send an e-card to your loved one straight away!


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