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If you’re looking for unique but philanthropic gifts this Christmas that also contribute to refugee and Middle Eastern charity projects – take a look at these:

Hope and Play Calendars 2017

Net proceeds will be shared with a community organisation in Gaza supporting women with education and childcare. A portion will also go towards therapy for traumatised children in Gaza. One calendar pays for roughly three weeks of therapy out of a four month programme.

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http://shop.hopeandplay.org/products/2017-calendar-of-women-of-the-levant

Soup for Syria Cookbook

Serve supper Syrian style – profits go to UN Refugee Agency

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http://soupforsyria.com/

Knitsanbul

Ethical, sustainable, handmade clothes for children and babies made by Syrian ladies temporarily living in Istanbul. There will be Pop Up shop in London this weekend – visit their Facebook page for more information.

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https://www.facebook.com/knitstanbul/

Scents of Syria – handmade soaps and accessories

The Karam Foundation is a non-profit organisation that develops “innovative education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributes smart aid to Syrian families, and funds sustainable development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.”

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http://www.karamfoundation.org/scentsofsyria/

Preemptive Love Soaps (Iraq)

Soaps are handmade by Iraqi refugees who have fled from daesh. Money goes to supporting them and their families.

 

http://www.preemptivelove.org/soap

Cooperative Tifawin (social enterprise)

These rugs are bit higher up on the price scale, but if you’ve just moved somewhere new or are looking to redecorate, you can now buy these traditionally crafted rugs directly from the seller and bypass the middlemen taking a slice of their income.

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http://www.theanou.com/store/79-cooprativ-tifaiyin-asgar-awrika-morocco

Disclaimer: Thaqafa Magazine was neither paid, nor approached by any of the organisations above.  Just sharing the love.

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