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Best.Gift.Ever. Canadian Feed The Children

It’s more than a gift - it’s a life changer

When you choose a gift like goats, chickens, or bees, you really are giving the Best.Gift.Ever. These symbolic gifts are fun gift-giving ideas for your loved ones - and are life changing for children and families around the world. Here’s how:

Meet Abiriya, our Best.Gift.Ever cover girl!

Her parents are small-scale farmers in Uganda who faced challenges in affording their children’s school fees, including for 8-year-old Abiriya. Their family income was so low it was impacting their quality of life.

When Abiriya's parents received a goat from the Best.Gift.Ever, it completely changed their lives. Along with the goat itself, her parents received training on breeding and how to care for its health and wellbeing.

After raising and selling goats, Abiriya's family could easily afford school fees for all of their children, and they've also bought pigs and chickens to raise and sell for extra income.

Giving the Best.Gift.Ever can change the lives of children like Abiriya, and provide them with the tools they need to grow and thrive!

Abiriya and her family with their three goats

The gift of a goat changed everything for Abiriya and her family.

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Greatest Need


Irene’s world was shattered when her father passed away. Her mother Gertrude had almost nothing with which to feed and educate her six children. With Irene’s future hanging in the balance, Gertrude was given the gift of a lifetime - a donation from generous Canadian supporters to grow her garden into a business. Today Irene and her siblings eat well and are excelling in school. When you choose to give to greatest need ($50), you’ll be giving life-changing support to children like Irene who need it most.

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Goats


Florence’s family struggled when her husband lost his job as a fisherman. They couldn’t pay school fees and they couldn’t grow enough food for their three children. But the gift of goats ($75) made all the difference. Florence used the goat and training she received to grow her herd to nine animals. Thanks to her successful livestock business, her children no longer worry about hunger or being turned away from school. Giving goats means a stable income for families, and a path to a brighter future for children.

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Chickens


Chickens ($25 for three chicks) provides essential nutrition for Indigenous families in Canada. Chickens are part of building a sustainable food system that helps community members access healthy food year round, reconnect to the land, and re-establish Indigenous food practices. When you buy charity chickens you're giving a children and families access to healthy food.

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School Uniforms


Thanks to our supporters, these primary school students are receiving brand new school uniforms ($15). Usually mandatory but often unaffordable, this simple gift allows a child to enroll in school, gives her confidence and a sense of belonging. Children in our programs frequently say that their school uniform is their most treasured possession. For just $15, your gift provides a child with a warm memory and the priceless opportunity to stay in and graduate from school.

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School Breakfast / Lunch


School meals ($75) are the heart and soul of our Canadian programming and ensure children in First Nations communities are nourished in their bodies, minds and spirits. All of CFTC's Canadian school food programs - like this one here at Elsipogtog First Nation in Elsipogtog FN, NB - provide well-balanced, breakfasts, lunches and snacks. School food programs increasingly include a nutrition education component, to create a long-term impact on food security, nutrition and health for children and parents alike.

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Sheep


Mom and son raise sheep ($60) in Ethiopia, where sheep are better options than goats as a source of nutrition and income for rural families. They breed reliably and can free graze on available plants. Sheep recipients receive feed, training on care and breeding, and the regular support of community agricultural workers.

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Community Garden


Nourishing food and knowledge at Eel Ground FN, NB. CFTC Program Coordinator shows six-year-old Serenity where fresh food comes from at the Eel Ground school and community garden. Your Community & School Gardens gift ($80) buys seeds, garden tools and supplies and educational materials to teach kids how to make good things grow in their community!

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Educational Gifts


Story time in Bolivia! Games and toys ($22), library books ($35), and school supplies ($18) - among the most popular Best Gifts Ever - create enriched environments where children from the earliest ages through primary school can learn, grow and thrive. Browse our entire range of educational gifts or honour your favourite teacher with a Best Gift Ever.

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Latrine


In CFTC's communities, such as Bidima, Ghana pictured above (read more), the Best Gift Ever is a clean, private, easily-accessible and gender-segregated latrine ($125). Having to defecate openly infringes on human safety and dignity. Women and girls risk rape and abuse as they wait until night falls to gain some privacy. Even where toilets do exist, they generally remain inadequate for those with special needs and women and girls requiring facilities to manage menstrual hygiene. That is why latrines are so critical to be built near to schools. Where they exist, the drop-out rate for girls at puberty declines.

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Teacher Training


Knowledgeable, well-trained, qualified educators are critical to shape the future potential of each child, like Azalech Tadesse - an award-winning early childhood educator shown here at Gelan II centre in Ethiopia. Your Best Gift Ever supports teacher training ($60) in enriched environments in Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and Bolivia. Read Azalech Tadesse's story and learn more about how your donations make a crucial difference for the youngest children.


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