Yes, why not this year, instead of buying chocolate Easter eggs, buy some chicks for a family in a developing country. A flock of chicks are only $20 – too easy!
There are quite a few not-for-profit organisations who do charitable animal-gifting, but there is one that I particulary like, Heifer. I like them for two reasons:
Firstly, I really like Heifer’s program of Passing on the Gift, that creates lasting cycles of sharing and sustainability that develops a community and builds self-esteem by allowing the recipient of the gift to then become a donor.
People pay their gift forward by way of sharing their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.
So how does it work? You (the donor) give a charitable gift (the chicks) from Heifer’s catalogue to a person or family in need. Part of the condition of recieving this gift, is the sharing of offspring from the original gift – passing on the gift, and so on. Pretty cool huh?
The other reason I really like Heifer, is one of my very close friends has seen Heifer and its animal-gifting in action while she was on peace-corp and she cannot speak highly enough of the model and the lasting and difference it made.
So this year, don’t buy up lots of unethical chocolate this Easter, instead give the lasting gift of some chicks!
Happy Easter everyone!