This Christmas, give a life-changing gift

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This Christmas, imagine being able spread the joy of the festive season to others in a distant land- to offer a gift that will last well beyond Christmas, and provide hope and opportunities to some of the poorest people in the world. Self Help Africa’s Lifetime Gifts give you the chance to make a real difference to some of Africa’s poorest people. With practical gifts such as goats, seeds or farm tools, you can help poor African families farm their way out of poverty.

Across sub-Saharan Africa, Self Help Africa is helping close to 300,000 poor rural families to become productive and self-sustaining farmers. Families like Leya’s.

Leya, along with her husband William and their 4 children, live on a small plot of land in an extremely impoverished region of North West Zambia. Having fled their homes due to conflict in their home country of the Congo – when they settled here some years ago they had to start from scratch and could barely survive on what they produced on their small farm. “Life was really hard for us,” Leya recalled.

When Self Help Africa began working in North-Western Zambia last year, Leya and William received piglets and quality seeds for planting. They attended training, learned new ways to plant and care for their crops, and began to grow much more than they had done previously. Meanwhile, with proper care and feed their piglets grew and fattened.

Those simple gifts were truly life-changing for Leya and her family:

“There is really a big change in our life. Self Help Africa showed us how to cultivate our garden and rear pigs. Soon, our pigs will breed and give us offsprings that we will sell,” explained Leya. “I can now make plans for the future. I want to build a new house and give my children the education I never had. With education, they will get a better start in life than I did.”

With gifts starting at just £10, Self Help Africa supporters have the opportunity to transform the lives of thousands of poor rural families in Africa this Christmas. “When you buy a Lifetime Gift, you’re not just giving piglets, chickens or a bag of seed. You’re giving mothers, like Leya, the building blocks to help themselves and their children. You are giving them the helping hand that they need, to transform their lives and their futures.” said Martha Hourican, Head of Fundraising at Self Help Africa.

Purchase your Lifetime Gifts and Christmas cards today on our online shop.