Give Chickens for Christmas

Matched Chickens until Dec 25*

Give chickens for Christmas for just $25 and we'll match your donation. Help two families in Africa change their lives today!

* Give chickens for Christmas & we'll match it up to a maximum of $50,000 thanks to a generous donor.

Give Chickens for Christmas to Empower Moms All-Year-Round


NUTRITION

When you give chickens for Christmas the recipient receives three chickens (double during the match gift campaign) which doesn't take long to turn into a secure supply of eggs and a rich source of protein.

Training

Hen house supplies, feed, and training to raise healthy, productive chickens are included as part of your chicken gift.

Independence

While gender equality training is an important part of our programs, many women in sub-saharan Africa are still prevented from owning land. Fortunately, chickens take up little space so when you give chickens for Christmas you're giving a mom financial independence and the chance to lift her family out of poverty.

Income

For just $25 you’ll be buying three chickens (doubled during the match gift campaign) that produce about 1,000 eggs each year allowing families to sell or trade the surplus for other food products.

buy charity chickens - Medina sits outside with her two grandchildren
buy charity chickens - Medina feeding her chickens in the chicken pen

Medina's Story


In a short space of time Medina (pictured) went from being a wife and grandmother to a widow and sole caretaker of her two young grandchildren. She could barely keep her grandsons fed or clothed.

Thanks to a donation of three chickens plus the training and ongoing support she receives, Medina's chickens have begun to lay eggs, which she sells at the local market to earn an income for her family.

This new income has been used to purchase food and clothing for the children, and to make small improvements to her house. It’s also meant that Medina has been able to keep her eldest grandson Alliy in school and she has been able to cover the costs of the supplies he needs.

How It Works


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Buy Christmas Chickens here. We'll source them there

The charity chickens you purchase will be sourced locally, i.e. as close to the recipient as possible. This approach provides an extra boost to local economies while keeping transport costs to a minimum.

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Send a Christmas Card to a Special Somebody

When you give chickens for Christmas they come with a FREE Printed, PDF or eCard, perfect for sending to a special somebody. Card designs include Christmas (pictured), chicken-themed, birthday, teacher, wedding plus many more. You can also buy chickens without selecting a card.

Give chickens for Christmas and receive a free Christmas card showing a smiling African girl and christmas decorations in the background
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Pay & Instantly Receive a Tax Receipt

When you order charity chickens online you will immediately receive a charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. You can pay for your chicken donation using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex) or via PayPal. Canadian Feed The Children is a registered Canadian charity.

Why Canadian Feed The Children


Award-Winning

We are proud to have been named one of the Charities of the Year 2016 by the Financial Post. We were among the first to be accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program and were awarded “Exemplar” status for 2014-2017 by the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Transparency.

Accountable

PricewaterhouseCoopers independently audits our financials before being published each year, while our volunteer Board of Directors sets and exceeds the highest standards in governance. You can count on the highest standards when it comes to use and stewardship of your generous donation. For more information please download our latest Annual Report.

Frequently Asked Questions


Payment Options

You can purchase chickens online using MasterCard, Visa, American Express or PayPal. You can also buy charity chickens by calling 1-800-387-1221 between 9am – 5pm EST, Monday to Friday.

Needs Identified by Local Communities

The communities we support have identified Chickens, like every other gift listed in our Best Gift Ever catalogue, as being vitally important to ensure children’s health and well-being. Canadian Feed The Children along with our local partners provide chickens, school supplies, water taps, fish farms, etc as part of our broader programming initiatives.

Beyond the Gifts

When you purchase a Best Gift Ever, funds go towards the range of development programs in the communities we support. The projects go beyond the simple provision of items; they also include training, project monitoring and evaluation, local expertise and support – everything needed to deliver effective, sustainable, high-impact and meaningful change in a community.

Chickens, or any gift you purchase, will benefit the communities we support in our countries of operation: Bolivia, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.

Chickens purchased locally

Rest assured that when you buy charity chickens they won’t be put in the cargo hold on Air Canada to be shipped from HERE to THERE. That’s not only cost prohibitive, inefficient and inhumane, but it also prevents local, sustainable economic development from happening. That’s the last thing we want to do.

When you buy charity chickens your purchase will be sourced and distributed through CFTC’s local partners in communities that are running agricultural income generation programs. That means chickens will be bought locally and delivered to communities in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.

Training and Support is Included

Small family farms and individual families receive the chickens we distribute. These chickens are part of agricultural training and livelihoods programs that offer broad-based support. The chickens are distributed through Self-Help Groups and Village Savings and Loans Associations – microfinance programs that teach women effective animal care and raising techniques as part of overall literacy and numeracy, business and marketing knowledge.

Community agricultural agents work with women and men to ensure that they have what they need to feed, house and sell their chickens. No one benefits if the recipient doesn’t know how to care for her chickens and earn an income from them.

Printed cards send within 48hrs, eCards sent instantly

You have three choices for cards: email, PDF (for printing at home), or print. If you choose a printed card, we can send the card by post to you or to your honouree, whichever you prefer.

While we can’t guarantee delivery time, your card will be processed and sent by mail within 48 hours of purchase and by email within one hour. Note that if you send an eCard you will be able to schedule its delivery for sometime in the future, e.g. on Christmas day or the card recipient’s birthday.

Includes a tax receipt

When you order chickens online, you will receive an immediate charitable tax receipt in PDF format by email. When you donate chickens by phone, you can choose to receive an electronic receipt or have one mailed to you, usually within two weeks. Canadian Feed The Children’s charitable registration number is 11883 0983 RR0001. See the Government of Canada’s policy statement for charitable tax receipts for more information about charity tax receipts.

HST isn’t charged

When you give chickens for Christmas it is considered a donation to Canadian Feed The Children, so no taxes are charged.

More Gifts that Empower Women

Goat$75

Fast to reproduce, hardy, and easy to care for, the gift of a goat gives a rural family a welcome form of nutrition as well as sustainable income.

Sheep$60

Sheep provide rural families with a sustainable source of nutrition and income. Your gift includes feed and training on care and breeding.

Bees$54

Beekeeping training and start-up supplies yield tangible products (honey, wax), promote biodiversity, and aid in pollination for better crops.

© 2017 Canadian Feed The Children

Canadian Feed The Children is a Canadian Registered Charity. Charitable Registration Number 118830983 RR0001