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Caritas Australia promoting Christmas Gift Certificates

The Australian Catholic Church's international aid and development agency is inviting Australians to buy Christmas gifts for their friends and loved ones that will improve the lives of the needy in other countries.

The certificates are enclosed in a Christmas card, and allow for gifts of different amounts, from $20 to $100.

Caritas is promoting the idea of providing Cambodianas with 'the gift of food security'. It says over 85% of Cambodians live in rural areas. Most of them are subsistence farmers which means they must grow the food they need to survive.

"When we commence work in a new area, the first priority is food security," said Margaret McCafferty, Caritas Australia's East Asia Program Coordinator. "Many households are without grain reserves for 4-5 months of the year prior to harvest. When people are focused on basic survival, it is hard to consider other community needs."

The cost of a gift certificate for the Cambodia project is $30. Alternatives include $20 to meet the critical health care needs of women in Papua New Guinea, $50 towards the education of disadvantaged women in India and $100 to provide clean and safe water to a community in Tanzania

Gifts may be ordered by calling 1800 024 413, or visiting the Caritas Australia website.

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16 Oct 2002