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  • Coffee, cows and Christmas

    Everybody loves waking up to the smell of fresh coffee in the morning. But this Christmas, what if your morning cup of coffee could help change the lives of farmers in rural Africa?

    Thanks to Starbucks, you or a loved one could enjoy a warming cup of coffee this festive period knowing that your morning pick-me-up is making a difference. For the second year running, we’re delighted to offer you a fantastic little extra when you buy a coffee virtual gift – a free bag of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee beans! 

    Starbucks are funding Send a Cow’s Ikawa n’Inka (meaning Coffee & Cows in Kinyrwandan) project in Nyaruguru District, Rwanda. This 3-year project will provide farming families with the skills, tools and livestock they need to increase their food and coffee yields, and secure a brighter future for themselves and their families.

    For just £10, you could help farmers like Claire Umugwaneza increase their coffee production, improve their diet, and leave poverty behind for good.

    Claire’s mother died when she was just 11. She never knew her father so when she lost her mother she was living alone as an orphan. She fell behind in her education because she wasn’t able to attend school. Luckily, the government supported her and she was able to go to boarding school.

    When she finished school, she returned to live with her aunt and work on the farm, growing coffee and vegetables. But sweet potatoes and beans were the only foods that they could eat, and they only had enough for one meal a day.
    But then Claire joined a local Send a Cow group and received training in kitchen gardens and vegetable growing. She now grows more diverse crops more crops such as cabbages and sorghum and can eat regularly. She has passed on some of her learnings to her neighbour, who had a malnourished child, so they too can have a healthy diet.

    She now has 320 coffee trees and harvested nearly 500kg of beans last season. With her newfound knowledge and training from Send a Cow, Claire has big plans for her farm and wants to continue improving her crops:

    “I am looking forward to improving the coffee next year with mulching, by adding manure and better controlling pests. In the future, I want to use my acquired skills to sustain myself and increase production. I am interested in studying more.”

    This Christmas, treat a coffee-lover in your life to a gift that truly grows for families in rural Africa.

  • Alternative gifts for a sustainable Christmas

    Celebrate an alternative Christmas this year, with less waste and more cheer.

    Send a Cow has gifts for everyone, and they all come with an info card and greetings card for you to personalise.

    Your loved one will see how their gift is changing lives in Africa, giving families the skills, tools and livestock to grow an income from their land.

  • New Virtual Gifts

    For 2018, we bring you some old favourites as well as some great new gifts.

    By purchasing our new Radio gift (£35), you could provide a much-needed radio to a rural community. This can help people living in remote regions to feel less isolated, allowing them to keep up with current affairs and filling their lives with joyful music. They can also listen to Send a Cow training and advice which will be broadcast on the local stations, benefiting families across the local area.

    This innovative training method teaching subjects such as organic farming and business skills means we can reach further into communities. With radio broadcasts we can increase the number of people that we help and more African farmers can learn how to get the most out of their farms.

    For someone who loves to cook, you could choose a Cookery Class (£18)

    All the skills a family needs to get cooking! Throughout our projects we look to improve nutrition in the home through training in organic farming. Often, as farms develop, families begin to grow vegetables they may never have eaten, or cooked before. Your gift means we can run a cookery class for a group of farmers.

    A community health volunteer will demonstrate how to wash and prepare vegetables, and how to cook a balanced meal. Your gift will teach farmers how to get the best nutrients from each crop.

    This gift will also provide each family with a cookery book ensuring they are well on their way to creating nutritious meals each day. With a good meal in their tummies, children will be able to concentrate at school and have more energy to live a fuller life.

    By providing vital training, and improving nutrition in the home, we hope that families will not just survive, but thrive.

  • Charity Wedding Gifts

    Looking for the perfect wedding gift?

    Dedicate a Send a Cow gift to the happy couple. Every gift you buy comes with a beautiful card to write your personal message in.

    Or choose to go completely paper free and send a personalised ecard. Each gift you buy will give a farming family in Africa the chance to work themselves out of poverty.

    We think a chicken and cockerel makes the perfect pair for a special day, so now you can buy them as a pair!

    More wedding gift ideas...

    Your own gift list with a difference.

    When you've already got all the toasters you need but loved ones still want to celebrate your special day with a gift. Send a Cow gifts are a simple solution to make your wedding more sustainable.

    Ways to share.

    • Include a link to www.sendacowgifts.org in you invitation and let your guests know which gifts you'd like.
    • Send your guest a special occasions catalogue, just call us on 01225 874 222 or email info@sendacow.org to request as many copies as you need.
    • Want your guests to donate to Send a Cow in your name? Set up a Just Giving  page in your name. You can invite your friends and loved ones can donate online and tell them a little bit about Send a Cow.
  • Excellent gifts to change a life this Easter

    Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Easter? Why not wish somebody special a happy Easter with one of Send a Cow’s great gifts? Your gift will be extra special because it will help transform the lives of some of Africa’s most vulnerable people.

    More than just a symbol of Easter, chickens (and their eggs) really do make an incredible difference to the lives of struggling African farmers. They provide valuable sources of food and income - meaning our farmers can feed themselves and their families, and create a brighter future.

    At just £8, chickens are our most popular gift – and for good reason! Chickens provide a great source of protein and vital nutrients – they can lay up to 200 times a year. They don’t need much space and are easy to look after; perfect for orphans like Kasiita and his siblings.

    For Kasiita, the family’s chickens really are evidence of how far they’ve come. They have nutritious eggs to eat and can sell the surplus at market. The family have reinvested some of this money in their farm – they started off with two chickens, but now they have eight! This source of income is helping the siblings to ensure lasting change in their lives. Buy your chicken here.

    Our Seeds and Tools gift is another egg-citing way to celebrate Easter. What better way to mark spring than with a growing gift?  Just like chickens, having the means to grow their own vegetable crops is a great way to improve a family’s diet, and fight poverty and hunger. Being able to grow and harvest their own vegetables helps provide a family with varied and nutritious food and helps them make the most of their land.

    When you buy a Send a Cow gift, you’ll be ensuring that everybody has a cracking Easter! Your gift will provide African families with a chance at a brighter future. Together, we really can make a difference.

  • Help Mothers in Rural Africa this Mother's Day

    This Mother’s Day, show your mothers your appreciation and help transform the lives of mothers in rural Africa with one of our great gifts!

    We’ve got a fantastic selection of Send a Cow gifts to choose from and better yet, they’re all gifts that do good. You can give struggling African mothers the chance to provide for their families and create lasting, positive change in their lives.

    For as little as £9, our Feed a Child gift can help mothers give their children the healthy and nutritious meals they need to ensure proper development. And with an adequate and balanced diet to grow and learn, children can concentrate properly in school. Or for just £17 you could help ten families cultivate their own vegetable gardens- feeding entire families with our veg box gift.

    A gift that gives on Mother’s Day is just the first step for many families in transforming their lives. With Send a Cow, your Mother’s Day gifts this year could be life-changing for people like Matseki.

    "Send a Cow opened my eyes and I realised that I can make a living from agriculture."

    Matseki lives in Lesotho and helps bring up her five grandchildren. With training and support from Send a Cow she’s been able to give her grandchildren a better start in life and ensure a brighter future for her entire family.

    "Before Send a Cow, I was just a poor widow with no dreams and no ambition. Now I’ve got the confidence to look into the future."

    From her small plot of land, Matseki now harvests a variety of her own vegetables including carrots and spinach. The family’s eating patterns have improved, and they eat a healthy and nutritious meal twice a day. Matseki sells any surplus vegetables at market for extra income.

    Matseki works hard to make sure that her grandchildren can stay in school, “education is indispensable,” she says. The income she makes from selling her produce means she can buy them uniforms and shoes for school. Matseki’s biggest dream is to build herself a proper house. And thanks to Send a Cow supporters, her grandchildren can have ambitions now too - the two eldest hope to be a soldier and a nurse!

    Giving a Send a Cow gift this Mother’s Day can help make stories like Matseki’s a reality for so many more people.

  • Happy New Year and Thank You!

    We’d like to wish you all a happy New Year and a huge thank you from everybody here at Send a Cow. What a fantastic year 2017 was, and we really couldn’t have done it without you. We’re so grateful for your support and commitment.

    In 2017, you helped our Mother & Child Appeal exceed its target – raising over £1.3 million. And with this being matched by the UK government, that’s £2.6 million to help struggling mothers and their children grow their way out of hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

    This year also marks our 30th Anniversary – that’s thirty years of people like you giving a hand-up to hardworking farmers across Africa. Since we began, you’ve helped transform the lives of over 2 million people.

    With the New Year in full swing, we want to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year. Here are some of the amazing things you’ve helped achieve and lives you’ve helped change:

    • Dativa, in Ruhinga in Rwanda, has proved how beneficial a cow has been to her livelihood. Her crop production has tripled since she started using cow manure to fertilise the land, and she has plenty of nutritious milk to drink. She has raised a generous income from selling surplus milk and vegetables at market and has built a new house for her family from the savings.

     

    • Anna Tembo, from Zambia, has built a stunning keyhole garden by her house, which is her pride and joy. It has been overflowing with tomatoes, Chinese cabbage, kale and spinach.
    • Faustine Niringiyimana and Francine Nyiraneza now have a solar lamp, a pit latrine and a tip tap. Their house is now lit at night, so they can work in the evenings and their children can do their school work. It also means that the family’s hygiene has increased greatly.
    • Akello Lilly Odoki and her husband now own 10 beehives from which they gather honey. They sell about 100 litres of honey in a year, and have been able to buy a television with the proceeds.

    What a difference you’ve made!

    And remember, you can order gifts from Send a Cow all year round. With Valentine’s Day and Easter round the corner there are plenty of opportunities to make a difference.

  • Secret Santa Solved

    Do Secret Santa differently this year with a gift that changes lives.

    We've got the perfect alternative gift for any budget, and your gift won't end up in the charity shop by New Years Eve.

    For £5 you can give a cockerel to a family that has a hen. And that means chicks for a thriving farming to rear and sell.

    Or for £10 our virtual coffee gift comes with a FREE bag of Starbucks Christmas Blend beans. Your gift will help farmers improve the yield and quality of their coffee crops for a better income.

    When you buy a Send a Cow virtual gift you'll give farming families in Africa the tools, skills and livestock they need to work themselves out of poverty.

    You'll receive a gift pack including information and a festive greeting card for you to personalise. Or we can send the pack directly to the recipient on your behalf.

    For a guilt free Christmas party why not nominate Send a Cow as your office Secret Santa supplier?

     

  • Your donation doubled by the UK Government

    Being a mother is a tough job, especially when you live in one of the poorest regions in Africa.

    This autumn will you support mothers across east Africa so they can give their children the best start in life? In sub-Saharan Africa, one in three children are stunted as a result of poor nutrition.

    That’s why we've launched our biggest ever appeal. Together we will give mothers the skills and tools to grow their own food to feed their families.

    And the UK Government will match every pound raised in the appeal until 31 December 2017 – so your support will have double the impact!*

    Mercy Akinyi battles every day to feed her two young children. Like every mother, Mercy Akinyi wants the best for her children. Living in one of the poorest parts of Kenya, every day is a battle to feed her two young children.

    It’s a hard job, made even more difficult by the fact she cares for her disabled mother, as well as her children, alone.

    Your gifts will be doubled by the UK Government

    Buy a gift now and your donation will be doubled by the UK Government who are matching all donations to the Mother & Child appeal from 1 October - 31 December 2017.

    Together we can help mothers nourish their family so their children can flourish.

     

     

    *Only donations made by UK residents can be doubled.

  • Alternative Charity Gifts for an Ethical Christmas

    This Christmas why not make a change from the usual socks and chocolates with an ethical gift that delivers smiles all round.

    Send a Cow virtual gifts give help where it's most needed, providing tools, livestock and training for hardworking families in Africa, who just need a bit of a hand up.

    Favourite Gifts for 2017

     

    When you order your gift you'll receive a gift pack including a greetings card and information about your gift, for you to personalise and pass on. Or if you'd prefer we can send it directly to the recipient for you.

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