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When you buy a Gift for Life, your donation goes to our overseas partner. Their projects include giving families and individuals the gift you’ve selected.

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Good to Goat

Nepal

What this gift will do

A goat is a simply, yet effective way to help reduce the vulnerability of people in low-income countries. The goat's milk, which can also be made into cheese, acts as a nutritious boost to the family's diet. The extra milk and cheese can be sold at the market to increase the family's income. And when the goat gives birth, the earning potential grows too. This means that families can more easily cover their expenses and even save for the future.

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You’ll receive a physical card to give to your loved one. Each card has a picture of the gift, a story of its impact on a family in the developing world, and space to write a personal message to the recipient.

Example physical card

Mina from Nepal says:

 
quote-marks.png After the training on commercial goat raising, I borrowed from my women’s group and I now have 40 goats. I plan to support vulnerable members of my group by selling them goats for a low price.


 

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About the Gifts

  • What do I get when I purchase a Gift for Life charity gift?

    What do I get when I purchase a Gift for Life charity gift?

    After you purchase a gift, we send you an e-card with a description of the gift and its impact on a family in the developing world. The price of the gift is not included on the card, so you can give it to your friend, colleague or loved one. We’ll also send you a tax-deductible receipt for any amount over $5. That means you’ll get back 33% of the money you gave us!

    E-card

    • Each e-card has a picture of the gift and a story of its impact on a family in the developing world and there is space to write your own message. Once you enter the recipient’s e-mail as well as your own, the card is automatically sent to their e-mail address. Attached with the e-card is a printable PDF which they can fold into a card shape.
  • Are some gifts better than others?

    Are some gifts better than others?

    We don’t consider any one gift to be better than others. The project that your donation goes to has been selected to meet critical needs. Each gift is valuable and we want you to feel free to choose.

  • What happens if a gift is fully-funded?

    What happens if a gift is fully-funded?

    Should the number of items sold exceed the amount needed for a project, Tearfund will redirect donations to where they are needed most. But don’t stress! You’ll still receive a card for the gift you originally purchased.

  • Are animals treated well in developing communities?

    Are animals treated well in developing communities?

    The feedback we regularly receive from our programmes team who work in the communities is that animals are not mistreated. In fact, they are a seen as a vital part of their livelihood and treasured gifts. "Animals are often the main source of family income in rural developing communities and thus are usually treated with high regard and respect. The animal's owner is totally aware that the animal is hugely significant in terms of helping provide a livelihood and so making sure animals are well cared for is given high priority." Kevin Riddell, Programmes officer, Tearfund.

     
  • Can I trace which family my gift goes to in the developing world?

    Can I trace which family my gift goes to in the developing world?

    Unfortunately, no. When you purchase a Gift for Life, your donation goes toward the project, which includes giving out the gift you’ve selected. We do receive stories from our partners of families who have been blessed as a result of the programme, but we are not able to trace each individual who is benefitted through our Gift for Life programme.

  • How can I get more information on the projects these gifts support?

    How can I get more information on the projects these gifts support?

    For more information regarding the projects featured in Gift for Life please contact Tearfund on 0800 800 777 or email: enquiries@tearfund.org.nz

  • I sponsor a child, can I send the child I sponsor a Gift for Life?

    I sponsor a child, can I send the child I sponsor a Gift for Life?

    We can't send Gift for Life presents to sponsored children, however we can send special gifts to them through Compassion instead. If you would like to send a gift to the child you sponsor, please email enquiries@tearfund.org.nz or send through a donation with details of the child you sponsor to Tearfund. We will then be sure your gift makes it to your child.



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  • How does it work? And where does my money go?

    How does it work? And where does my money go?

    When you buy a Gift for Life, your donation goes to our overseas partner. This allows them to help the poorest and most vulnerable in the communities they work in, which includes giving families and individuals the gift you’ve selected. For example, when you buy a coffee plant, the money goes to our partners who provide coffee plants in Vanuatu. A donation like this will help provide plants and training in agricultural processes and income generation to vulnerable families in Vanuatu.

    Should the number of items sold exceed the amount needed for a project in total, Tearfund will redirect donations where they are needed most. But don’t stress! You’ll still receive a card for the gift you originally purchased.

  • How do I know my money gets there?

    How do I know my money gets there?

    Tearfund regularly audits its projects and partners, and we in turn are audited by external auditors and in some cases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We not only audit that the money gets to the intended partner and project but we also audit how effective the money given is being used and how it is impacting the communities and individuals involved.

  • How much of my donation reaches the project?

    How much of my donation reaches the project?

    Approximately 70% of your donation will reach the project. We are continually endeavouring to reduce the cost of our operations so that we can make the biggest impact possible. If you would like further information or a copy of Tearfund’s audited financial accounts please contact enquiries@tearfund.org.nz

  • Are Gift for Life purchases tax-deductible?

    Are Gift for Life purchases tax-deductible?

    Yes. Because we are a registered charity, when you purchase a Gift for Life or make any donation of $5 or above, you can expect to receive a tax-deductible receipt at the end of the tax year in April.

  • Can I have a receipt made out to the person receiving the card?

    Can I have a receipt made out to the person receiving the card?

    Sorry, no. The money received is a donation to Tearfund so the donor must receive the receipt.