Alternative Gifts

You can choose to give the gifts of education, healthcare, and community development to the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in the Middle East and change a life for the better! An Alternative Gift is so much more than a card, it is the gift of hope and a bright future. 

Every penny that you spend on Alternative Gifts is a donation and goes directly to the Middle East, to the people who need it most.

What actually happens when you buy an Alternative Gift?

Your gift is a donation which supports the work our trusted Christian partners in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Syria do.  We’ll use your generosity to bring as much positive change as possible.

For example when you buy A Lav-ish Gift, we send you a gift card to keep or pass on to a loved one, then we process your donation. Once your money gets to the Middle East it could pay for any of the following:

1. Materials, tools and labour to help install basic items in a home, like loos, pipes, a door, access to clean water and other functional
items that might be needed.
2. Hygiene classes for local families to help them stay healthy at home.
3. Lobbying governments: encouraging investment in home building and health education.
4. Project costs: delivering immediate and long-term benefits effectively and efficiently.

Each Alternative Gift belongs to one of our three key project categories:

1. The Gift of Education
2. The Gift of Healthcare
3. The Gift of Community Development

Your donation will be allocated to the relevant category, enabling you to fund a cause you really care about.

Education: A lesson at Sira School Jerusalem


Investing in education is one of the most powerful and effective ways to help people lift themselves out of poverty; giving them essential skills to improve their own lives and make a difference in their communities, learn literacy, numeracy and practical life skills.

Your donation gives the gift of confidence, self-worth and independence as children and adults who have missed out on education due to war, displacement, disability or economic hardship.

Gifts of education provide all that's needed for everyone to learn in a safe, secure and inspiring space and work towards a bright future.

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Healthcare: A consultation at Al Ahli Hospital


Embrace works in regions across the Middle East to ensure high-quality healthcare is available to those from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Your donations help pay for nurse training to ensure the availability of well-trained healthcare professionals, hygiene kits, medication and pop-up clinics, helping aid workers provide life-saving care for those who would otherwise miss out due to poverty or lack of transport.

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The Gift of Community Development: A food production enterprise in Iraq supported by CAPNI

Community Development

Embrace’s community development work spans a wide range of projects, including vocational training programmes, women’s empowerment and reconciliation work.

Your gifts help our Christian partners provide bricks, water pipes, roofing and cooking equipment, turning derelict buildings and tattered tents into homes. They also run hygiene and cookery classes, introducing whole communities to safer, healthier living.

Your gifts help our partners directly too as they continue to develop project management skills, ensuring every penny of their funds is used effectively to make the greatest impact.

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