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Gasorwe, Burundi. Gift Catalog: Chanian Niyonyishu, girl child, 5-years-old, pictured with a baby goat. Quote from mother, Zuena Mukeshimana: "With the goat we received, we can now fertilize our ground for better food production."

Gasorwe, Burundi. Gift Catalog: Chanian Niyonyishu, girl child, 5-years-old, pictured with a baby goat. Quote from mother, Zuena Mukeshimana: “With the goat we received, we can now fertilize our ground for better food production.”

Today I am taking a little break from sharing a recipe to talk about something very important to me–giving back. Each year I give back through a variety of organizations and one that I love supporting is World Vision .  They do amazing work and I am excited to share that work with you today!

You might remember me talking about World Vision last year around this time and I am here to remind you guys that they are are a great organization and way that you can give back.

School classroom in Kandia ADP. Excited kids interacting with lesson.

School classroom in Kandia ADP. 

The 2016 World Vision Gift Catalog contains more than 250 poverty-fighting gifts, ranging in price from $16 to $39,000, that improve the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world. As the holiday season approaches, I encourage you to consider giving a gift to a friend or family member from one of their beautiful handcrafted items made by artisans around the world.

In fiscal year 2015, more than 122,000 Americans raised more than $29.3 million through the Gift Catalog, helping more than 650,000 people around the world.  The Gift Catalog started during the Christmas season in 1996.  The 2016 Christmas season marks the 21st annual edition of the World Vision Gift Catalog.

  •   More than 100 meaningful gifts ranging in price from $16 to $39,000* are contained in the catalog.
  •   There are more than 250 items online at www.worldvisiongifts.org.
  •   Popular items in the catalog include a goat and two chickens, clothing for children, ducks and medicine.
  •   More than 30 gifts in the catalog are $35 or less, including items like chickens, job training or school supplies.
  •   World Vision is always working to keep its overhead rates low. In 2015, 84 percent of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families and communities in need.
These alpacas are part of a project for the improvement of the p·ramo, in the zone of Guangaje. Unlike other animals, the alpacas do not destroy the p·ramo. The children who appear are sponsored and participated in the PujilÌ Guangaje ADP in Cotopaxi province. No story or summary available. Latin America digital color vertical

These alpacas are part of a project for the improvement of the p·ramo, in the zone of Guangaje. Unlike other animals, the alpacas do not destroy the p·ramo. The children who appear are sponsored and participated in the PujilÌ Guangaje ADP in Cotopaxi province.

Are you wondering how to order? It is simple!

  •   To place an order, go online to www.worldvisiongifts.org or call 1-855-WV-GIFTS. Hard copies of the catalog are also available upon request.
  •   Donors can choose to have a card sent in honor of a loved one. Cards can also be printed or emailed from the website at any time to let an honoree know that something special has been done for them this Christmas.
  •   Those who want to give a general donation can donate to Where Most Needed. Their donation is a one- time gift that will go towards needs that might otherwise go unmet.
  •   Those who want to give a tangible gift can choose one of our Handcrafted Gifts. Donors who donate in this way can choose to receive a free gift along with their donation to Where Most Needed.
Yennifer holds baby chicks her family received as a part of the Gift Catalog program.

Yennifer holds baby chicks her family received as a part of the Gift Catalog program.

By supporting World Vision you are having a big impact on poverty:

  •   Globally, poverty is defined as living on $1.90 or less per day.1
  •   In 2015, a projected 900 million people lived at or below the global poverty line worldwide, with thegreatest concentration of those living in poverty being in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  •   Improvements in access to education, healthcare, housing, employment and personal security greatly increase a person’s chances of escaping poverty.
  •   World Vision provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries. The World Vision Gift Catalog is one of many programs designed to help eradicate poverty and provide hope around the world. This video shows how World Vision works to do this.
  •   Every dollar donated to World Vision achieves $1.30 worth of impact for children and families in poverty worldwide.

I was lucky enough to receive a sample box of some of the beautiful items which included the below–and one lucky reader will win this box as well {see below for giveaway}.

 For the Home:

Tree of Life Votive Holder – This lovely votive holder is handmade from cast-off materials. Artisans in India work hard to raise themselves out of poverty and help light the way for their children’s education. $65

 Upcycled Artisanal Bowl – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items. $135

History’s First Coffee Blend – Citrus and chocolate pair up in this 10-ounce whole bean blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo coffees from farmers who are overcoming poverty with their earnings. An olivewood scoop and African bag complete the package. $75

For Your Closet:

Turquoise Medallion Necklace – Handmade by families in Delhi, this brightly-beaded medallion necklace adds a bold pop of color to any outfit. $75

Royal Silk Scarf

Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. $95

Silver Vines Cuff: Women and girls will love wearing this elegant adjustable silver cuff bracelet designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India, and decorated with an intricately-laced vine pattern. Each bracelet supports their families through fair trade practices. $85

For more information visit the World Vision Facebook page at /WorldVision and Instagram at @WorldVisionUSA.

Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. Last year alone, more than 650,000 people were helped through funds generated by the Catalog. Want to see where your money goes? Check out this video from World Vision to learn more.

To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, call 855-WV-GIFTS or visit this website.

And now for that fun giveaway:

Rules: Winner must be 18 years of age and reside in the United States. Giveaway closes at 11:59pm November 15th.

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I received a gift basket from World Vision to write this blog post. As always, opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the organizations and brands that help make A Cedar Spoon possible.

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Vickie

Monday 14th of November 2016

How precious are these smiling faces! Love it!..Makes me smile..and happy for the assistance..

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