Women for Women International Launches 'Gifts that Give Back'

Money raised helps women in Iraq, Afghanistan and 4 other countries in Africa

Dec 13, 2010, 15:08 ET from Women for Women International

WASHINGTON Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year, Women for Women International celebrates the holiday season by giving its supporters an opportunity to make a difference for women survivors of war by giving symbolic holiday gifts to their loved ones. Our "Gifts that Give Back" catalog offers individuals a fun and meaningful way to give family and friends Holiday gifts that also support women from war-torn or post conflict. Says Deputy Director of Marketing Teisha Garrett, "Our symbolic gift catalog is an excellent way to show people you care about them and help socially excluded women in some of the most challenging countries in the world."  The symbolic gift individuals purchase from the online gift catalog helps a woman in a war-torn country receive the help she needs to grow her business, feed her family and contribute to the restoration of her country. The over 25 symbolic gifts in this year's catalog represent various aspects of Women for Women International's programs. This year the catalog will feature gifts like shovels and wheelbarrows from our organic farming programs; animals, like baby chicks and goats, that will provide needed income and sustenance to women and their families; vocational tools such as carpentry sets and sewing machines that help women learn a skill and support themselves; and literacy training and pencil kits that will help women get an education to build a brighter future.

The Gifts That Give Back holiday shopping experience is both simple and satisfying. When browsing through the online catalog, individuals can select which type of gift they want to purchase. Most importantly, individuals get to select a physical card or an e-card to send to their loved one describing the symbolic gift given in their honor. Then their donation goes to work immediately to help women survivors of war rebuild their lives and their communities. Purchases need to be made before December 15 to ensure that the gifts will reach their destinations in time for the holidays. For more information about the "Gifts that Give Back," holiday campaign, please visit our website at: www.womenforwomen.org/shopping

Women for Women International is a global grassroots women's organization that provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources they need to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. Since 1993, Women for Women International has served over 271,000 women worldwide and distributed over $89 million in direct aid, program service and micro-credit loans. Women for Women International currently has field operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Rwanda, Nigeria, Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo. For more information regarding Women for Women International and the "Gifts that Give Back" campaign, please contact Teisha Garrett at _lgarrett@womenforwomen.org or Nh@nicollahewitt.com

SOURCE Women for Women International