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7 Charities That You Can Support Instead of Buying Christmas Gifts

Because isn’t it in giving that we receive?
7 Charities That You Can Support Instead of Buying Christmas Gifts
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Because isn’t it in giving that we receive?

'Tis the season for giving, but what if you’re advocating for a sustainable lifestyle? What do you give when you’re trying to reduce your consumption? Why not give the gift of good intentions? This year, we’re sharing a list of charities you can give a donation to in lieu of gifts.

1. Virlanie

This foundation has been committed to put a smile on every Filipino street child for 25 years and counting. Virlanie fights for the protection of “those who are abandoned, abused, exploited, neglected, orphaned, and among the poorest of the poor.”

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There are many ways to give support to Virlanie. You can donate, become a partner, become a sponsor, or even book a social engagement. Find out how you can help by visiting their website.

2. Miracle Feet

Did you know that clubfoot affects one out of 800 children globally, making it one of the most common defects babies are born with. When untreated, it can cause a child to have difficulty in walking. Can you imagine all the things they’ll be more challenged to accomplish because of this?

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Thankfully, there are organizations like Miracle Feet that helps children born with clubfoot. Though founded and based in the United States, they have partners in the Philippines. You can learn more about how you can get involved through their website.

3. Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation

If all the news about the current SEA Games is making you want to step up and do something, meet Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation. This non-profit, athlete-support program is funded by private citizens all pursuing one goal and that is to achieve the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal.

Learn more about the foundation, meet the athletes under the program, and find out how you can support their bid for the Philippines’ first Olympic gold by visiting their website.

4. Smile Train

The international charity has just one cause and that is to come up with a sustainable solution to “a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.” You never realize how much the power of a smile can change one’s life.

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With Smile Train, you know that you’re helping build a community that is empowered to bring that change to millions of children worldwide. If you want to know how you can help, there are many ways to give. Find out more by visiting their website.

5. Plan International Philippines

Did you know that one out of five Filipino children suffer from sexual abuse (at home, in school, or within their community)? How about that eight out of 10 Filipino children are at risk of being sexually abused or bullied online? Even worse, it is estimated that 100,000 Filipino children are brought into prostitution every year. It’s time we get involved to make this issue a national priority. Commercial sexual exploitation of children needs to stop.

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Apart from driving a campaign for information dissemination, you can also help out by donating to Plan International. Find out how by visiting their website.

6. Mangyan Heritage Center

The best gift we can give the future generation is to preserve our nation’s heritage and culture. A way to give your support is to donate by way of purchasing handicrafts made by Mangyan craftspeople. The products are priced by the Mangyans themselves and any profit made from the purchases go towards Mangyan Heritage Center’s cultural program, which includes scholarships for Mangyan students. Find out more about the program and their products by visiting their website.

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7. Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms

If you’re looking to be more involved than just giving money, this organization goes beyond monetary support and dives right into where help is needed. As part of a worldwide organization that aims to build a sustainable community of organic farming, WWOOF Philippines helps out host farms with a cultural and educational program. You’re not just learning more about their methods and culture, you’re also helping them out with their farming. It can’t get any more concrete than that. Find out how you can be a WWOOFer or, alternately, a host by visiting their website.

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