10 gifts that help create a brighter future for girls

Want to Defy Normal gift giving conventions this holiday season? We’ve got you covered – these 10 incredible gifts work to empower girls and women around the world! Our Gifts of Hope products are not symbolic so when you purchase a gift, the money goes specifically to one of our projects in the communities where we work.

The best part is that nine out of ten on this list are matched which makes your money and impact go much further. The number on each photo indicates how many times the gift will be matched by our partners.

Time to throw the conventional holiday lists aside and shop to advance girls’ rights instead!

1. Girl Power | $100

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This gift is about unleashing the power of girls. It’s about offering girls nourishment, education and protection. It’s about creating schools that are safe, and ensuring that girls are not forced into early and forced marriages. It’s about engaging boys and men to help achieve gender equality, and opening up economic opportunities to women. It’s about creating a world where every girl has the chance to harness her unique power to shape her future on her own terms.

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2. Birth Certificate | $25

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A birth certificate is an open door, a bridge, and a shield, especially for girls. Being registered at birth not only provides information on a child’s identity and place of birth, but also acts as a shield from child marriage and other exploitative violations such as trafficking and child labour. When a girl cannot prove her age or identity, then there’s also no way to prove her marriage is against the law. Every year, 51 million babies are not registered at birth. Child by child, girl by girl, this gift is changing that.

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3. Send a Girl to School | $295

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All children have a right to education but girls around the world are being denied that right. Globally, an estimated 130 millions girls are currently out of school and many who are struggle to stay there. This gift will help get girls back in the classroom and provides girls the support they need to pursue their education. An education helps girls write their own futures in an informed and empowered way.

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4. Hygiene Kit | $22

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When escaping violence or natural disasters, girls often must flee at a moment’s notice, travelling for days, alone and empty-handed as they seek refuge. This new gift is filled to the brim with essential basics and these seemingly ordinary everyday items can help make difficult living conditions more bearable. Soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste can mean less chance of getting sick. Sanitary products like menstrual pads promote hygiene and prevent stigmatization. A flashlight shines added security when seeking a latrine at night, while a brush and towel maintain her right to human dignity.

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 5. Protect Girls’ Health Rights | $60

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For too long, gender stereotypes have given rise to stigma that shrouds girls’ health in shame, restricting them from having control over decisions that affect their own bodies and futures. This gift helps girls defy those norms, shattering the silence by saying: “NO MORE”. It helps form clubs where adolescents can access vital sexual reproductive health information, minimizing their health risks. It helps young women secure income to purchase health supplies and educates communities on girls’ rights. This new gift removes barriers to quality care and protection, so girls can drive their own lives.

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6. Strong Dad. Strong Family. | $27

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Empowered and engaged fathers help raise empowered girls. Families are stronger and children are happier when dads are equally involved in parenting. This gift makes that happen. It includes facilitating community fathers’ groups, where men can meet to learn and talk about such topics as maternal, newborn and child health, sexual and reproductive health including family planning, and men’s roles in these areas. This gift is about strengthening the links between positive and caring fatherhood, equal gender relationships and healthy and strong families.

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7. Mom Shop | $75

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When moms are economically empowered, they not only serve as role models for their children but are able to keep their children nourished, healthy and in school. This gift helps entrepreneurial women carve out their own path and design their own future. It also includes vocational training courses coupled with numeracy and financial literacy. This gift offers Village Savings and Loans programs that help women work together to create small business opportunities like making honey, peanut butter, clothing or soap – initiatives that are feeding families and providing an income. In the end, this gift helps mothers and families earn a living and create a brighter future.

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8. Bikes for Business | $90

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With business training and new wheels, this gift helps set young entrepreneurs full speed ahead on the road to brighter futures. A bike offers a way to work long distances away, commute to classes, deliver goods or pick up supplies from the market – and can even become a mobile cart shop to kickstart sales! And, when paired with financial skills building workshops, it gives young women better access to economic empowerment, helping protect them against early marriage.

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9. Fast-track school for girls | $135

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For the millions of girls who are out-of-school, going for the first time or rejoining the classroom can be a difficult transition because they are often missing the foundational skills needed for success. This gift is an effective solution to this problem, offering these children a school environment that meets their needs and feels welcoming. Accelerated learning centres are stocked with all the essentials and led by well trained teachers who are committed to bringing girls up to speed so they can eventually join the regular school stream.

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10. Goat | $75

How can a goat help empower girls? We’re glad you asked. Because of financial constraints, parents can struggle to send their children to school. In many of the communities in which we work, boys are favoured to attend school over girls for a myriad of reasons. Goats help provide families with an alternative source of income and are a vital source of nutrition for families. Best of all, the income enables parents to afford their children’s education and gives girls a better chance at staying in school.

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