Top ten charity gifts to give this Mother's Day

Whether it’s a mother, grandmother, godmother, stepmother or anyone that’s made a difference in your life, this Mother’s Day give a Concern gift in her name and she’ll continue to make a difference to those who need it most. Here are our top ten charity gifts on offer that help transform the lives of some of the world's poorest people. 

1. Six chickens

Kevin Niyomuhoza (6) and Olivier Iranyumviye (10) with the chickens they have bought thanks to the Graduation Programme. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
Kevin and Olivier with the chickens they've bought thanks to the Graduation Programme.

By shelling out for six chickens, you can help feed a family all year round. One chicken alone can lay up to 200 eggs a year, which provides food and nourishment. By selling the surplus eggs or by hatching chicks throughout the year, a family can earn money for other necessities. Little Donnex Jordan's mother Monica received livestock and training from Concern and now she can give her children the nutrition they need to thrive.

2. Mosquito net

Florence Mutungi with six-month-old twin daughters Blessings and Precious. The family’s Community Health Volunteer has encouraged them to use the mosquito net provided when the girls were born to protect them against malaria. Photo: Peter Caton
Florence Mutungi with six-month-old twin daughters Blessings and Precious. Photo: Peter Caton

This Mother’s Day give a gift that can help a mum protect her little ones. Mosquito nets are a simple but effective way of protecting people against Malaria, keeping mosquitoes at bay and enabling a family to sleep safe and sound. 32-year-old mom Florence Mutungi uses a mosquito net at night to ensure that her six-month-old twin daughters Blessings and Precious are safe from harm. This is the ultimate safety net! 

3. Home garden

Euphemia Inina waters her home garden in Mabayi, Cibitoke. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
Euphemia Inina waters her home garden in Mabayi, Cibitoke. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Why give flowers this Mother’s day when you can grow an entire garden? Families with limited food resources often eat the same simple meals all the time in order to fill their stomachs. Often, these meals won't provide the nutrients that are especially important for growing children. Concern provides the seeds and training needed for a mother to grow her own kitchen garden at home. This will provide her with nutritious vegetables such as spinach and tomatoes that can be added to her children's meals, giving them a healthy source of food all year round. Plant-tastic!

4. Avocado trees

Esperence and her two-year-old daughter Delphine collect ripened avocados from their garden plot in Kirundo, Burundi. Photo: Chris de Bode
Esperence and her daughter collect avocados from their garden plot in Burundi. Photo: Chris de Bode

Avocados are much more than just fashionable fruit, they're packed with almost 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium and folic acid. They also act as a nutrient booster, enabling the body to absorb more nutrients. Your gift can provide eight avocado trees, which will produce 200 - 300 avocados per year once they reach maturity!

5. School fees

A good education is something all mother’s want for their children and you can help give it to not one, but five children. The gift of education is truly lifesaving for children like Elizabeth from Nairobi. Elizabeth attends St. Francis School, and each day she goes to class, she becomes more empowered to lead a healthier, more productive life. This gift could help children like Elizabeth to shape their future and lead a life free from poverty.

6. Pig

Violette and her son Lievain with the pig she has bought from the profits of her business at her home in Burundi. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
Violette and her son Lievain with the pig she has bought from the profits of her business.

This little piggy would make the perfect gift for a family. Piglets are affordable and super easy to look after and better yet, they grow up to provide income and security, especially when they have little piglets of their own! 8-year-old Jack helps look after the family pig, along with six goats, some chickens and pigeons. He is studying at school and hopes to become a nurse or doctor one day.

7. Irish potatoes

Implemented by our potato programme to diversify livelihood options for farmers in highland areas, this incredibly versatile crop is now being grown by 5,000 families! The humble spud is useful for nutrition, as well as income generation and with high productivity on a small amount of land, these very aPEELing vegetables are truly improving the lives of many.

8. Cow

Violette Bukeyeneza is a single mum and a beneficiary of the Graduation programme. She bought one-year-old cow three months ago. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
Violette Bukeyeneza is a single mum and a beneficiary of the Graduation programme.

For a start, they provide 200,000 glasses of milk in their lifetime, which is an essential source of calcium for everyone in the family, particularly vulnerable little ones. They also produce lots of manure, a blessing in disguise to keep the land fed and happy! All in all, great moos for cow owners!

9. Thermal blankets

Wafdeh* (20) with her youngest daughter Rajaa* in their makeshift kitchen. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Wafdeh* with her youngest daughter Rajaa* in their makeshift kitchen. Photo: Gavin Douglas

Just like how your mum used to tuck you in at night, you can help wrap a family – displaced by war, conflict or natural disaster – up in blankets, and keep them safe from extreme weather conditions. This is a gift that will truly warm hearts.

10. Eco stove

This environmentally and economically friendly stove is so hot right now, and could be the perfect gift for your mum if there's nothing quite like her cooking! 

These compact contraptions can cook all types of food quickly and hygienically, boil water to clear bacteria and burn would more efficiently than traditional stoves. This means that families don't deplete their wood store so quickly and these stoves can help to preserve forests.

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