The CBM Hopeful Gifts for Change catalogue allows everyone to give to a cause that speaks to their heart. Choose your cause and look for these symbols to identify causes you want to support:
Poverty is a widespread, debilitating and complex social issue which is often tied to injustice and inequality. Sadly, it is estimated that more than 3 billion people — almost half of the world’s population live on less than $2.50 a day. Fighting poverty requires all of us to take action. Together we can affect change by offering a hand up toward greater economic opportunity to those who need it most.
God brings healing to a broken world through the love of local churches. Many churches in the Global South have limited resources to carry out God’s work. When you equip and empower congregations around the world to share the Gospel, you enable them to proclaim and demonstrate God’s love in their communities.
Everyone deserves dignity. We were esteemed and dignified by Christ, who came, lived and died for all of us. Unfortunately, many still continue to suffer from injustice, inequality and oppression. Take a stand against injustice and take part in restoration of all relationships towards a society that is whole and healthy.
Every child should have the right to just be a kid. Unfortunately, in many places, children are not able to go to school, are malnourished and vulnerable and live in inhumane conditions. Help provide hope, protection, love and care to children in need.
Some emergencies like earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes strike suddenly, while others like drought, prolonged rain or growing political unrest unfold over time. The most vulnerable and threatened rely on the church for help. In these times of crises, help CBM and its global partners’ network to respond immediately in helping those affected.
When you give a gift to where it’s most needed, your donation makes the greatest impact. Your gift allows us to strengthen the response of local churches and ensures that all CBM programs around the globe are adequately funded.
Make your animals smarter when you add this gift! With the additional $20, you provide for all the extra work that goes with procuring and distributing animals, including training on sustainable husbandry.
Provide daily pre-school education and nutritional nourishment for children in the Philippines so that they are able to perform well. This sets a great foundation for kids at a critical stage in their lives.
Empower women in India and gift them with the skills to make leaf plates that they can sell, and to rear poultry and goats. This will help them gain dignity as they become stronger income earners for their family.
Help transform a community in El Salvador by providing funds for microenterprise activities and training on small agricultural and economic development projects. This will bring additional income to their community!
Help build a stronger church in the Philippines when you provide enhanced skills training in other important areas such as pastoral care, leading meetings, managing budgets, and community development practices.
Remote areas in Thailand and Myanmar are ripe for drug production and trafficking. Your gift will provide significant change in the Golden Triangle Area where further theological training is provided, churches are planted and community services workers have access to more support.
Help pastors in the Dominican Republic enhance their ministry competencies through annual gatherings and bi-monthly meetings that strengthen pastoral care among leaders and their families. Your gift includes transportation, food and educational and training materials.
Provide South Sudan church workers more opportunities to advance skills through training workshops.
JUSTICE EMBRACING DIGNITY CHALLENGES INEQUITY
Support for Victims of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recurring wars and insecurity between several African countries and armed militia groups have made women and children extremely vulnerable to sexual violence. Rape is used as weapon of war by the Congolese army and militia groups, but there has also been an increasing number of civilian men committing these crimes against women. Through these Hopeful Gifts, you can help care for these women.
Give the gift of psychosocial healing through counselling support for victims of sexual and gender- based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Help protect women and encourage prevention of sexual and physical abuse.
Be an agent of peace between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines. Your gift will help youth leaders understand each other’s faith and learn peaceful relations among Islamic and Christian youth communities.
Gift women, youth and other opinion leaders at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya with a peacebuilding workshop. The training will help them learn about peaceful coexistence, trauma healing, reconciliation and conflict resolution among different ethnic groups in the refugee camp.
Widows in India, such as those from the Soura community, have many hurdles to overcome in order to survive. Your gift will help them gain dignity, spiritual nourishment, stable livelihood and a chance to rise from poverty through access to microenterprise activities and training.
KIDS AT RISK EMBRACING HOPE RELIEVES DESPAIR
Support for Vulnerable Children & Youth in the Dominican Republic $35
In the Dominican Republic, vulnerable children and youth are exposed to poverty, crime, prostitution and drugs. Gift them with social programs such as training in values and gender, Bible education, music, English, and hairdressing to help give them access to more opportunities. School supplies and clothes are also included!
Help vulnerable children and kids without parents to gain access to a brighter future through quality education. In Canada, kids are required by law to receive high school education. Many children in Rwanda aren’t able to. Give them the education that they need for a better life.
In some countries like Kenya, even public schools require that students wear uniforms. Many vulnerable children cannot afford them, which makes it
a barrier to education. Give kids the chance to learn and thrive with the gift of school uniforms. This makes a great present for your kids’ teacher!
Extend love and care to vulnerable children or adolescents in Cochabamba. Give them life skills that will help them achieve good health, and obtain access to nutritious food and spiritual, psychological and educational support.
A refugee family returning to their home will find that their house is inhabitable, making them just as vulnerable as ever. Help a family rebuild their home and provide a safe, secure and dignified place for them to live.
Provide medical care to refugees and vulnerable families in economically marginalized communities in Lebanon. The severe gap in UN funding and the triple burden of extreme poverty, poor health and forced displacement makes it difficult to access urgent medical needs.
Give the gift that keeps on giving! Buy a cow and when it gives birth, the calves will be sold and proceeds will go to CBM food projects in places like South Sudan and Lebanon through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Plus, your gift will be matched 4:1, thanks to the Government of Canada. Give as a group!
Sponsor an acre of land, which includes a land lease, seeds, fertilizer and chemicals. A community of Canadian farmers will grow crops for you, proceeds of which will go to overseas CBM food relief and agricultural development projects through the Foodgrains Bank.
Become a Virtual Farmer
For more than 30 years, Canadian farmers have been working to end global hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Now, you can become a “farmer”, too! Help grow a crop by sponsoring an acre of land through the Grow Hope project.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
DONATE SEED MONEY
Purchase the “Sponsor an Acre of a Grow Hope Project” gift (see left). Your gift of $300 funds seeds and inputs for the growing season.
PLANT AND GROW
A Canadian farmer will use your seed money to grow a crop on your acre of land, alongside their own.
SELL YOUR CROP
At harvest time, the farmer will sell the crop produced on your acre for about $500*.
DONATE THE FUNDS
The farmer donates 100%
of the proceeds from your acre to the CBM account at the Foodgrains Bank.
Thanks to a 4:1 matching program through the Government of Canada, a $500 profit will multiply to $2,000 when CBM uses these funds to support emergency food aid in places like South Sudan and Lebanon.
*This amount will vary, depending on the market value of the crop.
Christmas is a time of love – made real in the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. During this time of year, we open our arms wider to welcome, spread cheer and reflect joy. We do this through different ways; extending our homes to strangers, caring for those in the margins, and sharing blessings with loved ones.
Every year, we throw ourselves with gusto into the joyous yet daunting task of finding that “nearly perfect gift” for our family and friends. It is our way of showing those we love how we feel about them.
The CBM Gift Catalogue — Hopeful Gifts for Change — helps you show love to others in a way that goes beyond the giver and the recipient. The impact of a hopeful gift multiplies throughout the years and has a ripple effect that lasts generations. A grandmother in the Global South benefits, but so do her children. Even her grandchildren have more opportunities because of your gift. It leaves a mark not just on one life, but a whole community.
Today, the problems of the world seem so large and formidable, but when we offer a gift of change, we make a difference. One person helps build the Church by supporting a pastor who is serving unreached people in Myanmar. A group helps fight poverty by training youth. A church protects kids-at-risk through safe housing. Together, our ripples in the world become bigger and bigger, coming together to defeat inequality, oppression and injustice.
Thank you for letting God’s love course through you and out towards our courageous brothers and sisters all over the world who forge on despite adversity. Your generosity and compassionate gifts will allow them to experience the love of Jesus in tangible ways this Christmas.