orld Vision makes it possible to reach communities in need through an international gift giving catalog fulfilling practical needs. World Vision is a 501(c)(3) religious non-profit corporation striving to encourage charitable gift-giving for the betterment of humanity. Through their diverse catalog, you will find among the pages opportunities to gift items such as deep-water wells, medicines, seeds, and even animals. Distributing to nearly 100 countries, World Vision started with a 5 dollar bill and a vision by founder Bob Pierce. Christian based values and morals sustained Bob’s idea, and through a timeline spanning the 50’s to today, his organization has helped world problems such as famine, refugees, natural disasters and many other causes. World Vision focuses on short-term relief, long-term community sustainment and working as a liaison with local governments and public to address poverty.
“World Vision is a Christian humanitarian agency. Our work is child-focused, community-based and measurable. Children are at the center of all we do; if a child is thriving, everyone is thriving. Over the years, we’ve redesigned and refined our framework based on what we’ve learned from working and collaborating with children, families, communities, and experts around the world,” said Cheryl DeBruler, Marketing Program Manager for Gift Catalog and Mobilization. “We believe that the best way to help a child is to grow their community sustainably and we constantly track our progress and share the results with everyone involved. In 2016, 85 percent of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families, and communities in need. “
Currently, World Vision has a gift-giving program for animals and agriculture. With this gift, you can donate ten small farm animals for 125 dollars. This gift includes six ducks, two chickens, and two rabbits.
According to DeBruler, “These animals were chosen because they provide ample nutrition, including eggs, milk and more for years to come. As the animals multiply, families can sell surplus food for extra income, making it a bountiful and enduring gift.”
Ducks can bring many benefits to a family, offering higher cholesterol and larger eggs than chickens with 108kcal over chicken eggs at 75kcal and are alkaline producing foods which create anti-cancer conditions in the body. Duck eggs also have thicker shells which allow them to stay fresh longer than chicken eggs.
According to rural lifestyle site Grit.com, “Duck hens bred for egg-laying ability can lay up to 350 eggs a year, each of which will weigh 20 percent to 35 percent more than a chicken egg. Furthermore, they will produce longer than a chicken, well into a fifth or even sixth season – long after chicken hens are ready for soup.”
Chickens provide pest control, proper manure to fertilize the soil, and can be eaten after only two months. Chickens are also low-maintenance animals requiring very little food, water, and space. Chickens also have been shown to reduce stress and help with PTSD, hypertension, depression, anxiety and even autism.
“The unsuspecting chicken is not only mending our relationships with the origins of our food, but it’s nurturing emotional connections with people in need, to the health benefit of everyone.” According to Hobbyfarms.com interview with Tanya Bailey, Animal-Assisted Interactions Program Coordinator for Boynton Health, “Chickens are sentient beings with unique personalities, abilities to reason. They recognize faces, form social bonds, and are incredibly smart. I believe some chickens make choices to connect differently with people, and these connections help provide many people with learning, growth, and healing,” Bailey said.
Rabbits have a high ratio of meat-to-bone, and According to the USDA, meat from domesticated rabbits is an all-white meat product that is high in protein and low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol as compared to other conventional meats, such as beef, lamb, pork, and poultry.” Rabbits also reproduce rapidly and can be sold to generate income as well as food.
“When a donor gives an animal, a portion of the gift may also help provide watering sources, farming assistance, hunger relief and other related essentials as needed. We believe the best way to build better lives for children is to invest in the communities in which they live, through ongoing support and education,” Debroner said. “Strengthening communities and families create a safety net that empowers children to experience a fullness of life. By partnering with families and local community groups, we strengthen the good work they’re already doing, ensuring that the ownership of their children’s future remains in their hands. We work best by supporting those who already have a vested interest in the future of their children.”
World Vision has navigated the intricacies of international donations by working closely with government and non-government organizations as well as other charities and donors. Because communities determine their own needs, World Vision stays on top of how to properly execute giving back.
For a truly unique and impactful gift, World Vision is sure to have something in its massive catalog.
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