Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, the holiday season is upon us. Winter offers us a chance to hibernate from the bustle of life and prepare for a new year. A time to reflect, make resolutions and celebrate with those we love.

You are sure to find Hanukkah candles lit, children playing with dradels, stockings hung from the fireplace and without a doubt, gifts will be given. Come spring however, what will be the legacy of that gift exchange? The discarded unwanted kitchen appliance, the sweater in the wrong colour shoved to the back of the closet and the 545,00 tons of annual waste from gift-wrapping and shopping bags in Canada alone.

Perhaps there is another possibility? A way of truly honouring those you love by giving them the gift of saving and changing lives.

Instead of giving something that fits in a box, why not think outside the box and give a Gift of Action through Shanti Uganda. By donating in the name of your friends and family, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Shanti Uganda is a not for profit organization with a mission to improve infant and maternal health, provide safe women-centered care and support the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.


How far does the average gift-giving budget of $640 go towards improving life in Uganda? It allows you to give the Gift of Community Sustainability by supporting organic farming at the Shanti Uganda Solar powered Birth House.

Looking for the perfect gift to give your daughter? Give her the gift of knowing she is helping young women in another part of the world. By giving the Gift of Knowledge, you are investing in the education of girls and changing their lives forever.

Start a new family tradition by celebrating the health of your family by making a contribution towards reducing infant and maternal mortality rates in Uganda. Gift your grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles the Gift of Family. Provide health services for 5 families for only $25. Give pre and post natal care for one mother for $50 or sponsor the training of a midwife for 75$. Celebrate the generations in your family by helping to ensure future healthy generations in Uganda.

Each and every one of the life giving gifts can be given for $625, less than the average person spends on presents. Honor those you love by letting them unwrap gifts that truly keep on giving.

Tis the season, for rejoicing, celebrating and giving. This year why not give the priceless gift of making the world a better, safer, healthier and happier place.

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