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10 Great Things to Give for the Holidays

2016 Edition


December 5, 2016

10 Great Things to Give for the Holidays

Some of the amazing organizations whose work you can support this holiday season!

You are no ordinary shopper. You strive for peace! You work for justice! Why shouldn’t your gift-giving do the same? Here are 10 gift-giving ideas for lovers of peace and justice.

1. AMOS Health & Hope

To be healthy enough to thrive means that where you live and how you live do not limit you from growing and developing normally.

At AMOS, we are all about prevention. The incredible community leaders that we train and walk alongside are preventing mothers, babies, and children from dying all year round. They are providing health care where people otherwise would not have access to it because they truly care about their communities. This is the first step.

We have seen the number of children’s deaths in the rural communities we work with reduced by 78 percent since 2012. The community-based health care model that makes this possible in very remote regions of Nicaragua is going to continue.

But we need your help to be able to implement this model on a larger scale starting in 2017. Each person, each family, and each community deserves more than just survival, and the steps required to improving a child’s health cannot be separated from the steps needed to improve the health of whole families and whole communities.

  • $50 l Treat 25 children for anemia and malnutrition for one month
  • $100 l Empower four mothers with nutrition counseling for one year 
  • $250 l Help 10 new mothers to successfully breastfeed for 6 months
  • $500 l Prevent diarrhea in 18 children with sanitation & hygiene education
  • $1,000 l Support one month of home visits in all 22 rural communities where AMOS works

Click here to donate online or mail a check to Amos Health & Hope, PO Box 6155, Hermitage, PA 16148-0922.

Here are some additional ways to make a gift to AMOS:

  • See if your employer will match your gift. Either check with your HR department or visit to look up your company.
  • Consider making a gift of appreciated stock. We can help you through this process. Email Development Director Christy Lafferty at [email protected] if you are interested in this option.

2. Job Training Skills - JustWork Economic Initiative

JustWork Economic Initiative emerged in 2004 from the life and ministry of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church ("GCBC") in Vancouver, Canada. GCBC encouraged the development of JustWork as a way to offer assistance and hope to a growing number of people in the Grandview-Woodlands neighborhood who were struggling to find work.

JustWork’s focus is on the development of social enterprises to meet our mandate to offer dignified, meaningful work opportunities to people facing barriers to work. JustCatering, JustPotters, and JustRenos are the three businesses we currently operate. We continue to partner with GCBC as part of a holistic approach to community care, and continue to open opportunities for over 30 people to make valuable workplace contributions and enjoy the goodness of meaningful work.

Please consider a donation to support our job-skills training initiative. A donation of $35 will sponsor one employee in one training workshop on topics such as effective workplace communication, conflict resolution, and money management. A donation of $350 would sponsor a workshop for 10 employees.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

  • Click here to donate online.
  • Mail a cheque (payable to "JustWork Economic Initiative") to JustWork, 1803 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC V5N 1B2, CANADA

3. Mariposas Sin Fronteras

We learned about the work of this group from Josue Saldivar who recently joined our board of directors as one of two Youth and Young Adult representatives.

Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention. We envision a society that no longer finds solutions in the system of immigration detention or the prison industrial complex. As we work toward that goal, we support LGBTQ people currently detained in Eloy and Florence, AZ through visits, letters, bond support, advocacy, and housing upon freedom from detention.

Due to the high rate of systemic abuse and discrimination towards LGBTQ detainees, support and solidarity are critical to ending the plight LGBTQ prisoners face in immigration detention.

We believe that the voices of people most directly oppressed by the current system must be central to envisioning more just world. Our leadership consists largely of LGBTQ immigrants, many of whom have been detained. We actively organize towards a society based on the principles of equality, justice, respect, and liberation for all.

Click here to donate online. You can also mail a donation to 620 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 (make checks payable to "Rainbow Defense Fund").

4. Mentoring for Marginalized Young Adults - Crossing Lines Africa

Crossing Lines Africa is a grassroots community based organization in Uganda, led by our friend and colleague Philip Stargate who has done Conflict Transformation training with Rev. Dr. Dan Buttry and has worked with both Dan and BPFNA on various projects seeking to transform the landscape one of the world’s most marginalized groups, sexual minority communities in his native Uganda.

A key focus of their work is mentoring sexual minority young adults, giving them a year-long opportunity to develop and appreciate themselves in a program called GLBTQ Investment Year (GLTB iY). The iY will graduate 40 young people every six months.

  • A gift of $25 will provide a monthly stipend for a conflict transformation facilitator.
  • A gift of $50 will provide monthly conflict transformation training materials for a young person struggling with sexual orientation. 
  • A gift of $150 will facilitate one month internship for GLBTQ young person.
  • A gift of $250 will provide one month residential training scholarship for a GLBTQ young person in crisis (including psycho-socio support).

Send your support through BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Memo Line should read: "GLTBQ Investment Year Uganda").

5. Healing through Art for Those in Prison - Narwastu Art Community

The Narwastu Art Community began in 2005 as a group of Balinese and internationals who were interested in learning about Balinese music. Since then, Narwastu has expanded to include dance and visual art. We believe that music, dance and art bring people together and build bridges of understanding between different cultures as we create art together.

One program through this community is the Prison Arts Project. Funding for this goes to support the cost of teaching art and dance in prison and engaging in advocacy through the arts in the areas of justice and peacemaking. In this program Tina Bailey (one of the Community's founders) teaches in a program began by inmates for inmates. She also mentors artists in the areas of art, life skills, and problem solving. As it continues to develop there is also a focus on helping inmates reintegrate in to society once free and for continuing developmental possibilities while in prison. Donations cover the cost of art supplies.

Click here for more information.

6. Partera International

Support Conflict Transformation trainings in North America by donating to Partera International.

Every year we aim to have a training in Conflict Transformation in our ongoing efforts to expand the number of trained trainers prepared to respond to request for help. There’s never a shortage of invitations for Partera board, staff, and volunteers to consider. Partners in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia have indicated their interest – their great need – for training in Conflict Transformation. And we respond as we can, based on the generosity of donors. Your gifts will help us train more trainers to respond to those needs.

Click here to donate online or you can mail a cheque (made payable to Partera Peacebuilders International) to Partera International, 675335 Hurontario Street, Mono Township, Ontario L9V 0Z9. For donors in the United States, mail your donations to the offices of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz at 300 Hawthorne Ln, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204.

When donating, please select "4. Through Our Christmas Catalog" to select this project.

If you would like to purchase a gift for a friend or family member, please indicate the recipient's name and mailing/email address and we will send them an e-/card letting them know about your generous gift - with our thanks!

7. Jubilee House Community / Center for Development in Central America

Give a gift that both honors your loved ones and helps our Nicaraguan neighbors in need by donating to the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA). The CDCA is a project of the Jubilee House Community that has been working with Nicaraguan communities for more than 20 years.

Examples of what your gifts can provide:

  • $25 l Pays for 10 cervical cancer PAP tests
  • $50 l Provides supplies for two health trainings for 50 people
  • $100 l Pays for five patients to be seen at the clinic including medicines and lab tests
  • $200 l Pays for nine months prenatal care for a new mom
  • $500 l Provides one month salary for a part-time physician

You can click here to donate online or mail your donation to Jubilee House Community-CDCA, c/o Donita Miller, 420 Longhorn Dr. Rock Hill, SC 29732-8886. Give a gift in honor of someone, and the gift will be acknowledged with a card sent to the recipient (please send recipient's name and email or postal address with donation).

8. Innovative Education for Indigenous Mayan Christians - Mayan Intercultural Seminary

Seeking to be a transformative presence of peace and justice in the midst of the ongoing low impact war in Chiapas, the Mayan Intercultural Seminary gathers indigenous Mayan Christians to work and learn together about peacemaking, conflict transformation, sustainable agriculture, gender equality and youth development undergirded by a commitment to intercultural theology and life.

  • A $50 gift will cover two courses for a certificate student
  • A $100 gift will cover a semester’s tuition for a student in seminary's Bachelor of Intercultural Theology and Pastoral Studies.
  • A $200 gift will pay for the round trip transportation of 5 youth to the annual summer retreat.
  • A $300 gift will pay for 3 youth to participate in the annual summer retreat.

Gifts can be made to BPFNA and designated for “Mayan Intercultural Seminary (SIM)." Click here to make a donation.

9. QC Family Tree: Equitable Community Development in west Charlotte

QC Family Tree (QCFT) works in the racially oppressed neighborhood of Enderly Park on the west side of Charlotte. Through practices of hospitality, creativity, prayer, and welcome, QCFT is engaging in artful, equitable community development. The work of QCFT happens through these areas:

  • Youth and children's development, through out of school programming including a summer Freedom School.
  • Social enterprise, through an arts and pottery studio that creates and sells goods made by neighbors, and a coffee shop that creates employment and entrepreneurial opportunity.
  • Addressing displacement through long term affordable housing, and working with local community organizers to develop a community land trust.

Click here to donate online or mail your donation to QC Family Tree, 2910 Parkway Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208.

10. Pan African Peace Network (PAP-NET)

PAP-NET is an interfaith African networking forum of both young and aged Africans in Africa and in Diaspora. It started in September 2013 after the Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers (TCTT) that was conducted by Daniel and Sharon Buttry in Nyahururu, Kenya. By using biblical doctrines we aim to promote the positive well being of all those in society regardless of their religious beliefs, gender, age, and political stance. Our aim is to usher in a novel era of mutually beneficial nonviolent conflict transformation synergies creating a win-win scenario. We strive to transform African conflicts while fostering social equity and community progress through pacifism not passivism.

Click here to learn more about PAP-NET.

To donate, send support to the PAP-NET PayPal Account at this email address ([email protected]). Please ONLY select SENDING MONEY TO FRIENDS OR TO FAMILY as we will be charged the sending fees if anything else is selected.

Consider these for actual, physical gifts

Canaan Fair Trade

Canaan Fair Trade offers Palestinian products that benefit Palestinian farmers.

Equal Exchange

By enjoying Equal Exchange products, you join a movement to support small-scale farmers. They offer a variety of fairly-traded coffee, tea, food, and gift items.

Fair Trade Federation Holiday Gift Guide

When you buy from Fair Trade Federation members, you support businesses that respect the planet, value unique cultural traditions, and empower small farmers and artisans around the world.

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

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11. The BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz Summer Conference Scholarship Fund

From July 17-22, 2017, we will be holding our first Summer Conference in Mexico, and we expect costs to be too expensive for some who would like to be in attendance.

This event promises to be vibrant and life-giving. We’ve imagined people coming together from various countries and cultures to share the challenges and rewards of activism in their own contexts – and then going home with new friendships, new resources, new ideas, and new energy to empower that work.

We will come together as peacemakers from throughout Latin and North America with a wealth of experience in seeking justice in a vast array of contexts. We will learn from one another, challenge one another, encourage one another. We will share, rather than hide, our vulnerabilities, knowing that such sharing leads to a paradoxical strength. We will explore together how we live faithfully in the midst of empire, knowing that many among us have explicit experience in doing so with creativity and courage. We will find in our differences and in our commonalities a community that inspires and instructs.

Your gifts to our Scholarship Fund will help to make our Summer Conference as transformative as possible and will help ensure that everyone who wants to attend will be able to do so.

Click here to donate online or mail your donation to BPFNA, 300 Hawthorne Ln, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204. And click here to find out more about our 2017 gathering!

I hope this list supports your creative, joyful holiday gift-giving. If you’d like to be included next time or have a new group to suggest, email LeDayne at [email protected].

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