How Smiles gifts work

Your Smiles gift creates lasting change for vulnerable children who need it the most.

Smiles gifts represent the life-changing work we’re doing right now

Smiles gifts represent the life-changing work we’re doing right now

Joseph (11) & Grace (12), Kenya

When you gift a chicken, a goat, or help a woman start a business, you're helping to change the world for kids, their families and entire communities. 

When you give a goat, you're really giving so much more – you're contributing to projects that boost family income around the world. When you give towards training a teacher, you're helping to run education programmes that allow millions of children to attend school every year. 

If a community is gifted more chickens than they need, we'll use your chicken donation to tackle similar, urgent problems children face. This way, you can be sure children are receiving exactly what they need most to thrive.  

 


 
<h3>Family Income</h3>

Family Income

Your Family Income Smiles gift provides families with opportunities to improve their livelihoods and supports the whole community. Your gift ensures children grow up supported so they can thrive.
 
<h3>Education</h3>

Education

Education sets children up for success. When you buy an Education Smiles gift, you support children's futures and ensure their families can continue to send them to school with all their books and fees covered.
<h3>Child Protection</h3>

Child Protection

Your Smiles gift supports communities to protect children wherever they are vulnerable to abuse or exploitation by providing safe spaces for children to learn about their rights and access support services.
<h3>Health & Nutrition</h3>

Health & Nutrition

Access to clean water, nutritious food and healthcare are vital to keeping children healthy and securing their future. Your Smiles gift ensures children grow up healthy and safe from preventable diseases.

Help create stronger, healthier communities where children can thrive.


The life-changing magic of fast-growing seeds.

<br>The life-changing magic of fast-growing seeds.

Naomi (3), Zambia

When you buy a Smiles gift, you help transform the lives of families like Naomi's in some of the world's toughest places.

A seasoned farmer, 3-year-old Naomi's dad, was left reeling after low rainfalls affected his crops so severely their family was able to eat only once or twice a day. 

​A Smiles gift changed everything for Naomi's family. They received emergency food relief, along with fast growing seeds; cowpea and maize seeds which has transformed their livelihoods. 

Naomi and her siblings are now thriving and their family is set for the future as they look to sell their excess crops for profit. Thanks to people like you, they're looking to the future with hope, joy and full tummies – there is no fear in sight. 


Access to clean water has given Cheru a new lease on life.

<br>Access to clean water has given Cheru a new lease on life.

Cheru (6), Kenya

At 5-years old, Cheru would walk for nearly two hours to collect dirty water from a dry riverbed. She missed out on school to collect the dirty water and would often get stomach pains and headaches.

Now, thanks to people like you, six-year-old, Cheru is thriving. 

Cheru's whole community now have access to clean, safe water. With access to clean water, Cheru is healthy, clean and rested. She can now go to school every day.

Now more than ever, vulnerable children need someone like you. When you buy a Smiles gift you can make a life-changing difference for the future of a child, just like Cheru.


Your support makes a real difference for mums like Joyce.

<br>Your support makes a real difference for mums like Joyce.

Loveness (2), with mother Joyce, Zambia

Loveness is an active, healthy 2-year-old, but not long ago she was very ill. Severe malnutrition meant her weight had dropped and she was regularly getting sick, to the point where she became too weak to stand. "I had never been so scared. I thought it was the end of my daughter's life," her mother Joyce told us. 

Fortunately, Loveness was assessed and started on a nutrition programme. Joyce was also given support and training on the best nutrition for Loveness and how to grow and prepare meals. It has been life-changing. 

"It makes me happy to see Loveness happy and healthy," shares Joyce.

You can help make this difference for other children like Loveness with a Health and Nutrition Smiles gift to keep mums and bubs healthy.


Make a lasting change for vulnerable children who need it the most.



 


 
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$50 to buy a goat
Now here’s a gift a family can really goat into. A goat will give them milk for nutrition and extra income, and offspring they can sell to pay for their kids’ school fees and healthcare.

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$12 to buy a chicken
This gift of a chicken and feed can sustain a family with nutritious eggs, chookpoo for their vege garden, and chicks to egg-spand their brood or sell for income.

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$80 to help a girl get an education
Education enables girls to create brighter futures. You can help families send and keep their daughters in school. So, more girls can learn and grow into forces of change.

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$25 to fund a family vege garden
Dig this hole-some gift to help a family grow nutritious crops and a source of income. That's two (green) thumbs up for sowing health into kids and helping families reap a living.



 

FAQs

From goats to vege gardens, clean water to books, each Smiles gift represents the life-changing work we are doing right now with communities. For example, if you give a pig, you’re giving a donation to a community’s agricultural and farming projects. If you build a toilet, you’re contributing to a community’s health projects. 

After decades of experience, World Vision has found this is the most effective way to really help a community and be sure funds go where they are most needed within sectors. 

 
When you order a printed Smiles gift card you can choose to have a personalised message printed inside the card, or if you would like to handwrite your message you can leave the 'message' section blank.

When you order a printed Smiles card you need to enter the card recipient details which are used to post the card to the recipient. These details (name and postal address) are not printed on the gift card. You can enter your own details if you would like the card posted to yourself.
Yes, the more gifts you buy the greater impact your donation will make. 

When you choose a gift by selecting the ‘add’ button, simply do this for each of the gifts you would like to purchase, before selecting ‘Next’. You can add another gift onto your order any time before you select ‘Confirm’.
Yes, you are able to select who receives each card, so you can enter the names of your loved ones, or your own name.
No, if you would like to buy a selection of eCard’s and Printed cards, you will need to complete separate transactions.
You can select the delivery date for your eCard to be sent to the recipient, if you would like the eCard to be delivered on the same day please allow up to 2 hours for the eCard to arrive.
Yes, eCard’s can be received both in New Zealand and overseas.

For printed cards, when entering the address, select 'Manually enter address' and ensure all the fields are filled in correctly.
 
We use NZ Post services. They have a delivery target of 3-10 working days. There may be extra delays in the country you are mailing to due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact NZ Post for more information.
We don't send individual gifts overseas. It is best for the community to source locally, and many gifts involve training and support. 

By sourcing gifts locally we know we are providing crops and livestock that are best suited for the local climate and conditions. It also means we can boost a local economy.
Yes, If you purchase gifts from different sectors in the same transaction the amount for each gift will be assigned to the relevant sector of work.
As your donations are pooled into your gift sector we can be sure that each community is getting what they need most. We won’t simple give them hundreds of goats if that’s not the most beneficial livestock for them. We will source other livestock such as cows or chickens from the Agriculture and Income sector to best fit a community’s needs.
The prices vary according to the costs associated with the type of programme or activity each gift represents. Where possible, we will purchase the items required for our work from within the local country to support local economies.
Smiles gifts represent our current activities carried out in our relief and community development projects. The prices reflect the costs involved in providing children and families with so much more than just a simple gift. While these prices are generally indicative, because gifts are pooled, your contribution goes toward part of the cost. The costs reflect the implementation of real, life-altering change through each gift. This includes operational training, education, and on-going support. 
No, sorry. The gifts featured in this year's gift catalogue represent the current needs of the children, families and communities where we work.


We ensure all resources entrusted to us are used effectively to bring maximum impact.

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As part of an international partnership working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision New Zealand pursues the highest standards of stewardship and accountability.
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In 2019, 83.3% of World Vision New Zealand's total operating expenses were used for international program support that benefited children, families and communities in need. Learn more about our impact.