|Swap Coordinator:||ukquilter (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Challenges Themed Miscellaneous|
|Number of people in swap:||22|
|Last day to signup/drop:||June 8, 2007|
|Date items must be sent by:||June 18, 2007|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
Did you know that a mother in Africa loses a child to Malaria every 30 seconds? A malaria net costs just £5 and can save the lives of a whole family of children
This is a swap for swappers who are willing to give the cost of one swap (or a few crafting itens) to help others. Here is how it works....
There are several charities who operate an alternative gift project. I list some below but if you know of others please post comments with links to them. You can choose any developmental charity you like with such a scheme.
They work by you giving an online donation in exchange for them sending a person you nominate a card explaining that you have bought them an alternative gift, such as a goat, a fruit tree, an emergency blanket or immunisations for a child. There is a very wide choice. Some charities actually buy the exact item. Others poll the gift money to buy bigger items or to enable them to respond to need. So say if you buy a goat and they have enough goats they might actually buy a sheep. Either way the money goes to someone in need.
The cost depends on what you choose but starts from about £5 so that is all this swap need cost.
It would be wonderful if the swap-bot community coudl really unite on this one so that we can 'swap for good' as it were. So can I ask you, if you are willing to do this that you publicise this swap. Tell your partners in other swaps about it. If you are a hostess perhaps you could add a note on your swaps to come here. If you blog please mention it on your blog.
When you get your gift, lets post a message saying what item you got so that we can all see how much better the word is becuase swappers care about other people and the world.
These charities are both UK and USA based but because you are usng a credit or debit card anyone can participate so this is international. Newbies most welcome and even people with previous no sends becuase even if your partner flakes on you it should not really matter as it is the receipient of the goat rather than the card that is the real winner on this one. (But I have to say flaking out on this one would be really sad!)
WORLD VISION: http://www.greatgifts.org/GiftSelection/home.aspx SAVE THE CHILDREN http://savethechildren.sandbag.uk.com/index2.html?gclid=CNix7NWr_IoCFQnnlAodP3TTGA PLAN http://www.gifts4life.org/ WAR ON WANT http://www.waronwant.org OXFAM http://www.oxfamunwrapped.com OXFAM USA http://www.oxfamamericaunwrapped.com ALTERNATIE GIFTS INTERNATIONAL USA http://www.altgifts.org
as suggested below in commets http://www.heifer.org
Let aim to make this top of the top swaps list.
I am doing a long sign up period so that we can get as many as possible to sign up for it. (And in fact I have just made it longer in response to an email request that I do it after paydays at the beginning of June so that people who have signed up to a lot in April and May may join. I hope this helps.)
Any questions please ask me.
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