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Gifts of Hope: Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Gifts of Hope?

Gifts of Hope started in 2005 with the intention of giving Malaysians the opportunity to better the lives of children, their families and communities through the giving of practical, impactful and sustainable gifts.

World Vision Malaysia supports and funds projects in several countries through various means, the main one being our Child Sponsorship Programme.

However, for some countries, funds raised through the Child Sponsorship Programme are insufficient to support transformational and development projects. As such, alternative ways of raising funds are explored – for example, the 30-Hour Famine and Gifts of Hope.

 

How are the gifts in the catalogue chosen?

The gifts featured in the catalogue are chosen annually based on consultations and feedback from the communities supported by World Vision Malaysia. Their choices and decisions are, in many instances, based on immediate needs and long-term sustainability for the communities.

For the full list of gifts, please click here. If you would like to know the countries to which the gifts will go to, please call World Vision Malaysia at (603)7800 0899.

 

Why are some of the gifts expensive?

Some of the gifts and raw materials needed for the gifts are not readily available in the community. Often, they have to be sourced from other areas within the country and transported to the community. Given the terrain and distance, the cost of transportation can be quite substantial.

 

Can I send my sponsored child a gift from the catalogue?

The majority of gifts are community-based, which are different from the types of gifts you may like to give your sponsored child. Furthermore, your sponsored child may not be residing within the communities that benefit from this initiative.

We encourage sponsors to send gifts directly to their sponsored children all year long through World Vision’s offices in their sponsored children’s countries. Alternatively, you can call World Vision Malaysia for assistance in sending a gift to your sponsored child.

 

I own a bag-making factory. Can I send some bags to the communities?

At the moment, World Vision Malaysia is not equipped to accept gifts in kind. Additionally, we have to consider the cost of shipping and handling, local authorities’ approval, and many other factors. It would be cheaper, easier and more effective to provide the field offices with the money and indicate our choice of gifts to them.

 

How would I know that my gift has been delivered? Will I receive a photo of the child/family who receives my gift?

At the end of the initiative, we will provide a report on how many gifts were delivered in total. The report will be available by April of the following year. Click here for the latest report. 

Due to logistics and manpower reasons, we are unable to take a photo of every child/community/family that receives a gift.

 

Will all the money be used for the gifts? Will a percentage be used for overhead costs?

Keeping our overhead costs low has always been a priority. We are committed to keeping our expenses below 20%, and have kept to this standard every year since we started operations. We intend to continue containing our costs as much as possible so that the bulk of the monies can be sent to the field and utilised for the communities.

 

Can I get a tax exemption for my donation?

As our funds are primarily channelled overseas to help children living in the poorest areas of the world, your donations are not tax-deductible. To be eligible for tax exempt status, a majority of funds raised must benefit Malaysians.

 

What are the gift cards for and how can I get them?

When you donate a gift on behalf of a loved one, you can send him/her a gift card to let him/her know about the special gift you have bought in his/her honour. You can opt to send him/her an e-Card or a physical card (complimentary, available upon request and while stocks last).

If you are residing outside of Malaysia, we would like to encourage you to choose our e-Card option to help us save on postage costs.

 

When will my gift reach the community?

Our commitment is to have your donations/gifts delivered throughout the year by those working in the various field offices. The gifts are delivered in accordance to the timeline of activities carried out in the community, which is planned annually. Often times, the gifts are also accompanied with trainings to maximise the usage and benefit of the items.