Ever since my first graders voted last year to name our class the cheetahs, I’ve been keeping up with conservation efforts to save the marvelous cats. You can help cheetahs by sponsoring a livestock guarding dog in the name of someone on your list. The Cheetah Conservation Fund‘s unique project raises and trains Anatolian shepherds to protect local farmers’ herds, thus reducing the number of cheetahs that are killed by farmers to save their livestock. Donations start at $10, and you can download a personalized sponsorship certificate and a picture of one of the dogs.
Arghand is a non-profit that sells amazing soaps made in Afghanistan. Afghan women from the
Kandhahar cooperative work to make the soaps and balms by hand from local ingredients, working together to create a sustainable business using the wonderful plants that grow nearby, including wild almond, pomegranate, and anisette. All of their soaps and balms are $9.00. I have used both the amandine and pomegranate soaps, and love them. They look like gorgeous, giant pebbles and smell great.
FashionABLE is working to towards a long-term solution for poverty in Africa by creating opportunities for vulnerable women. The organization works with women to start business cooperatives with fair wages and hiring practices. I first read about FashionABLE on What’s Gaby Cooking–she has a great post about her trip to Ethiopia here. Their solid-color scarves are $28, and this striped one (pictured above) that I absolutely NEED is $40. They also have a handmade leather wallet for $22 that might make a nice guy-gift.
I’ve given species adoptions ($50 each) from World Wildlife Fund as gifts several times. They come with a really nice stuffed animal, so they’re great for kids–or people like me who just love stuffed animals. This year, I noticed they also have these super cute anti-poaching t-shirts for a $35 donation. They’re made of organic bamboo and cotton and come with a fact sheet about WWF’s campaign to stop wildlife crime.
What’s on your gift list to give and get this year? If you know of any other great charitable gifts, feel free to leave a link in the comments.
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You might also like these recipes that make great homemade gifts:
Salted Pepita Chocolate Bark (Paleo, Gluten-free, Vegan)
Lemon Cheesecake Truffles (Gluten-free)