Maitreyi Ramakrishnan: Gifts that change the world

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

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This year I want to give and receive more than just ‘stuff’. Gifts that encapsulate what the spirit of giving is all about. Plan International Canada’s Gifts of Hope program are gifts that help change the world by creating a lasting impact for children and families around the world. The best part is that the catalogue has a wide range of affordable gift ideas that make it accessible for anyone to participate in paying it forward.

I’m excited that we are all becoming more conscious of what we buy and considering gifts that really give back! Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s really hard to get a gift for or that certain someone who already has everything they need, the best choice this holiday season may be an ethical gift that helps change the world.

Gifts of Hope: My top picks

Before you start trying to pick something for your loved ones, you need to know these gifts are not symbolic. The gifts are real, and the money goes to actual projects! Since I’m recommending shopping from this catalogue that has more than 60 options, let me tell you which ones I feel a personal connection to.

1. Birth Certificate

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan holds up phone to show her top holiday gift

Many people in Canada may not appreciate how powerful and important a birth certificate is because their parents were able to register their birth with ease. But for many children around the world, this isn’t the case. Without a birth certificate, a child loses out on their basic human rights! This truly is my favourite gift as it unlocks access to human rights such as the power to vote and create change plus it provides protection from child trafficking and early or forced marriage, and so much more.

2. Train a Female Healthcare Worker

Women should be who and what they want! I like how this gift empowers women to become healthcare workers and help their communities. This gift resonates with me not just because it’s literally helping families get healthy and stay healthy but also because of its positive economic impact on the lives of women. It also just feels super relevant and important to support this work because of COVID-19.

3. Help Children in Emergencies

We’re living through a climate crisis that is continuing to destroy the lives of children and families while we’re also trying to survive a global pandemic. I like this gift because when disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes strike, Plan International is quick to respond with lifesaving humanitarian aid. Children are especially vulnerable in time of emergencies and with this gift your money goes directly to where the needs are greatest at the time.

And I haven’t even told you the most exciting part. All the gifts mentioned above are matched! That means your gift to change the world can have double, triple or up to 8x the impact.

Shop to make a difference

The pandemic has clearly shown us the importance of global solidarity and that we’re all in this together. It’s also given us the time to really look past ourselves and inspired many of us to take action to help make a difference.

Covid-19 Gifts of Hope can change the world

The Gifts of Hope catalogue has great gifts that are specific to pandemic response, which is super important, but it also has gifts that, pandemic or not, help children and families not just survive but thrive! There are a lot of different gifts to select from so there truly is something for everyone to confidently invest in.

The site is also a great place to check out why certain gifts are important and how they help create lasting change in communities. All gifts go into detail as to what exactly is being given as well as the specific impact they have. Whether you celebrate any holiday during the winter or not, if you’re able, consider shopping to help change the world, this year.

Questions related to this story:

  1. What are Gifts of Hope?
  2. Why should I consider ethical giving?
  3. What impact do these gifts have?
  4. How do I shop for a minimalist?
  5. How does matched giving work?