When we experience kindness, a hormone called dopamine is released in our brain which gives us a feeling of elevation and lifts our mood. This can help to reduce anxiety, alleviate depression and help us feel happier. Acts of kindness are not only good for the recipient, they actually make us happier too.
Refugees are facing extraordinary challenges this winter: freezing conditions, COVID-19, hostile environments, and continual uncertainty about the future. Many of them are children.
According to a various studies released in the Summer of 2021
There are 82.4 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes
- Around 26.4 million are refugees – half of whom are under the age of 18
- 1 in every 95 people on earth has fled their home as a result of conflict or persecution
50% of the world’s refugees are children
An estimated 25% of internally displaced peoples are young women, with pregnant women making up another 4%
One person is forcibly displaced approximately every two seconds
Sources: UNHCR, Relief Web, UNICEF
Ways to support forcibly displaced people
By purchasing an item at The Choose Love store, you can support those who are seeking safety and having to rebuild their lives through no fault of their own. Many are displaced by war, persecution, climate change or for just being who they are and loving who they want to love.
To provide warmth, you can purchase
- Warm Clothes and Shoes for just £15
- A Child’s Coat for £10
- Warm, good quality Sleeping Bags and Blankets for £20
- A Bundle of Warmth includes all of the above, plus hot food, for £50
To support women specifically, you can purchase our Women’s Support and Safety item for £25 which includes but not limited to:
- Safe spaces for Women
- Specialised mental health support
- Culturally appropriate clothing
- Period and other hygiene products
To support children who deserve a brighter future you can purchase the Education for Children item for £20 which provides:
- School bags
- Access to education
To support the displaced members of the LGBTQIA+ community, who are prosecuted in more than 69 UN member states, and in 11 potentially facing the death penalty you can purchase LGBTQIA+ Support for £25, providing:
- Emergency shelter
- Legal support
- Safe spaces to be themselves
- Community and mental health support
To provide hot, nutritious food for families to cook and share with their loved ones you can purchase the Hot Food item for £15. This will typically provide food for a family for 3 days.
There are so many ways to help, and lots of items with different focuses on our online store.
Give all year round
If you’d prefer to give right through the year you can set up a regular donation. By subscribing to an item of your choice, you’ll have the knowledge that each month you are supporting the provision of life-saving items and services for refugees, asylum seekers and forcibly displaced people around the world.
Give on Behalf of a loved one
Our eGift cards are a quick and easy gift that will make a world of difference. Just follow the simple 3-step process to give items to refugees on behalf of your loved ones. You can create a personalised e card to email to the recipient, with a beautiful selection of designs to choose from to brighten up their inbox. Send love today!
The situation may seem hopeless, but you can make a difference. Every item you buy from The Choose Love store is a gift of love and hope with the potential to change lives.
And if money is tight this month, there are many other ways you can support refugees, asylum seekers, and forcibly displaced people.
Choose love, do good to feel good this January.
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