We recently had the privilege of distributing some of your Alternative Gifts to beneficiaries. Alternative gifts provide a way for people to support people living in Burundi in need. Over Christmas, many purchased Alternative Gifts – after all – what do you buy for the person who has everything? Perhaps a pig in Burundi!? GLO’s media officer Raissa was able to visit one of the meet-ups where these gifts are distributed and find out more about some of the grateful beneficiaries. She found it a really uplifting experience!
“I loved filming the gift distribution. What an experience, full of laughter and happiness!”
These gifts will each have a big impact. GLO is all about hand-ups rather than hand-outs, and each of these gifts provide an opportunity for people to lift themselves out of poverty. Although a pig may seem like a small gift, the manure it provides will help Poncien’s crops to grow better so he can sell more. Furthermore, if it has piglets that will provide an additional cash injection.
Or take Celestin, pedaling nine hours to share the Gospel and support people in their faith – now he no longer has to borrow bikes he is freed up to continue his ministry.
Eric and his wife had been struggling to find employment, but now they’ve set up a thriving clothes business with the gift of a sewing machine!
A huge thank you to all who have given Alternative Gifts! Check out some of the joyful photos below!