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Changing the Present — Give a Gift That Makes a Difference

This website is a gift in more ways than one. What happens when you have to buy a gift for the person who's ungiftable? Give them the present of changing someone's life. ChangingThePresent rounds up nonprofit organization from all categories — like hunger, disaster relief, education, and human rights — and ties them with a neat bow. Earlier this week we looked at the rampant hunger in Haiti that's making dirt a diet staple, and played the FreeRice game — in your comments you wanted more ways to help. This site is stuffed full of them! And it turns your donation into the perfect present like this: for $24 you can give a girl in Afghanistan the gift of food for her family so she can go to school. Each gift comes with an explanation of the situation you're about to help:


Today, there are 115 million school-aged children who are out of school all around the world. Two out of every three of these children are girls. In a country like Afghanistan, poor families cannot afford to buy the clothing or the books children need to go to school. Many girls are pulled out of school because of traditional attitudes that value a girl’s work in the household. These families rely on their daughters to make ends meet.

The Gift

Your gift will provide take-home food rations to girls in school for six months to help ease the economic burden on parents. This will help convince parents to keep their daughters in school and free them from their household chores. This gives girls, who otherwise may stay at home, the chance to learn.

That sounds like an unbelievable gift for everyone involved.

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