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Twenty chickens

This Real Gift certificate has the value of twenty live chickens. The chickens donated are a source of income for poor families. When the chicks grow up they lay eggs, or their owners exchange them for shoes, clothes or flour.

By purchasing a Real Gift certificate you will support our LIVELIHOODS program.

See below for the preview of our Real Gift certificate, read a story of what chickens have done for a family, or watch the video about how a Real Gift helps.

€ 10,00

By purchasing this certificate you will contribute to the aid program LIVELIHOODS.

Proceedings from the LIVELIHOODS program are used to help people start out on their own. We help particularly those individuals who lost their livelihoods or are unable to support their families because of a natural disaster or war. Fishermen receive canoes and fishing nets to enable them to get back to fishing. Farmers are provided with sheep, cows or agricultural equipment or seed stock. Finally, we hold training courses for those who are starting a new trade.

Our aim is to help people achieve economic independence for themselves. We have neither the intention nor the ability to provide long-term support once individuals and their families are in a position to support themselves. Thanks to LIVELIHOODS projects, these people are able to stand on their own two feet again.


Chickens purchased through the Real Gift campaign are distributed predominantly to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. In both countries, we focus on long-term projects whose objective is to help people support themselves through their own livelihoods. In the video clip, you can see a farmer who takes pride in his chicken flock that was given to him through Real Gift. Even though it was difficult to persuade him to show off his chickens on camera!

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Thanks to your chickens, I can now spend more time with my children!

In July 2011, People in Need supported, through Real Gift, a 25-year-old mother, Mrs. Chun, by helping her start a chicken farm. Young Chun lives with her family in a small village called Thnal Tasaeng, which lies close to the  Tonle Sap river, in the heart of Cambodia. Families living in the area often have to deal with extreme poverty which is largely attributable to the adverse climate.

‘My husband, same as most people in the area, makes his living by fishing. On the one hand, the river is an important source of livelihood and on the other, it makes our lives difficult - frequent floods, a limited range of vegetables we can grow - only those which can grow in water - and finally limited access to the main town market,’ says Mrs. Chun describing her everyday problems. ‘I used to accompany my husband on his fishing trips to help him. However, three months ago my second son was born and I had to reduce my working hours. I knew that the best thing to do was to stay at home with our children. They are both very small - my firstborn son is only 3 years old. But I was also fully aware that my husband won't be able to support our growing family on his own.’

‘Our situation has now changed,’ Mrs Chun adds quickly taking her newly born son into her arms, ‘Thanks to Real Gift donors we have been able to buy 15 chickens from local farmers, had them vaccinated and we still have a month’s supply of feed left over. The chickens are growing fast and they have started to lay eggs. We don’t eat them and let the new chickens hatch in order to grow my chicken farm. I'm looking forward to the end of next month. It's Pchum Ben, a three-day festival of remembrance of all dead. Then I will be able to sell my bigger chickens for a higher price,’ Mrs Chun describes her plans, happily. She can stay at home and look after her children but also contribute regularly to their family budget by selling chickens.

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People in Need in Cambodia

People in Need have been trying to improve the lives of 8 000 poverty stricken people in the province of Kampong Chhnang. We focus on supporting new sources of income and developing existing ones. We are trying to improve the education of local people especially in terms of increasing the efficiency of their agricultural production and are trying to help them secure a regular source of income.

Only when we have a lot of chickens, we will be able to support ourselves.

Mr. Arulnidi and Mrs. Chelvarani are settling down in their homes again. Two years ago they ran away from war. It's a miracle that the whole family survived and returned home. However, things haven't been easy since their return and nor will they be in the future. The donated chickens are going to help them overcome a difficult beginning. The family already has big plans.

‘As soon as we returned home, we tried to find work. A Chinese firm is building a road and a bridge over the river and they need lots of workmen. I work at the building site from morning till evening but I don't make much money. I was injured during the war and I am not able to do hard work.' Arulnidi shows us a big scar on his leg and limps away to lean against a wall of a small house to rest.

'We had had a lot of poultry and also cows before the war, but when we returned, all the animals had gone and the hen-house was empty. The soldiers from both sides of the conflict had eaten or taken away everything,' Chelvarani explains in a voice which reveals neither bitterness nor anger. She has come to terms with what happened, knowing she can't change it. As for the future, she is optimistic and tries her best to ensure her family does well. 'We have had these chickens from you only a few weeks, but they have already got used to us and have started to lay eggs,' she says proudly.

She continues with a smile on her face, 'All our children attend school. Ajentin is in the second grade, Asfinu is in the seventh and the youngest, Yestos, goes to nursery school. The children can't wait to see new chickens.' Arulnidi shares their plan with us and shows us the first eggs ready for hatching. 'So far we haven't sold or eaten any eggs. We have left them to hatch.'

Arulnidi can't suppress his excitement, 'Then we will have a whole chicken farm, we won't be dependent on the food rations from the humanitarian aid organizations and we will be able to support ourselves.'

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A few facts about Sri Lanka

In 2004, Sri Lanka was hit by a destructive tsunami. In addition to this disaster, the country was already engulfed by a long civil war. This war had taken a toll of 75 000 lives, a further 2 million people has lost all their possessions and had been forced to leave their homes.

Since 2005, we have been striving to help those people effected by the war conflict and the natural disaster. It is also thanks to the support of our donors that we are able to help bring people’s lives back to normal.

Here, you can have a look at what your Real Gift will look like. You can click on the previews of the printed  and electronic gift certificates below. The picture will be enlarged so you can take a better look at it.

The greeting in red on the certificate preview will not appear on your Real Gift Certificate. Instead, you can write a greeting yourself on your printed certificate  when you receive it by post. For the electronic certificate, you will have this option in  your basket.

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Evaluation and comments



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Alta 19.8.2013 14:58 3

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