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Gifts that last a lifetime

A goat isn’t the kind of gift you’d expect to find under the Christmas tree! However, the gift of a goat could be the ideal present for a friend or family member – a gift that gives both the recipient a great feeling, while at the same time doing real good for a family in need in Africa.

This Christmas, Irish development charity Gorta-Self Help Africa is offering shoppers the chance to select one of its practical ‘Lifetime Gifts’, allowing them to help rural families escape the cycle of hunger and poverty in some of the poorest regions on Earth.

From livestock to farming tools, seed to irrigation systems, the charity gifts, starting from just €10 will help small farming families in sub-Saharan Africa to produce more food on their farm, improve their incomes and brighten their future.

"We love giving thoughtful presents to our loved ones, and it’s even more rewarding to know that our gifts can do much more than that," says Martha Hourican, Fundraising Director at Gorta-Self Help Africa.

"When smallholder farmers receive a goat, a chicken or seeds, they receive the gift of a future. Those presents mean they can start increasing their farm production, provide better food and a better diet for their children, and improve their family’s income in the long run," she added.

For vulnerable farming families in sub-Saharan Africa, the impact of receiving livestock, farm inputs and training is invaluable.

Christine and Timothy Mtonga, farmers from Chaola village in Eastern Zambia saw the benefits of Gorta-Self Help Africa’s Christmas ‘Lifetime Gifts’ in the past.

The couple received goats from Gorta-Self Help Africa, and have since established a thriving small business rearing and selling livestock in their community. With the extra income they have improved their farm and their home, while their household diet has also improved, says Christine.

"When you give goats to a farmer, it provides a jump-start for that person to improve their life. That’s exactly what happened to us," she explains.

To find out more about Gorta-Self Help Africa’s Lifetime Gifts this Christmas visit: http://www.selfhelpafrica.org

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 8th November - Tuesday 14th November

Aries 21st March-21st April

It’s all about conserving energy this month Aries, think hibernation, rest, renew and replenish your stores. Nurture yourself with nutritious foods, read uplifting and inspiring books and really take care of yourself, mind, body and soul. Anything that you find drains your energy, whether that’s food, events, or people, cut them out. Feel free to turn down invitations that don’t suit your agenda, whether that’s you venturing out or having visitors over.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Feedback is a good thing, whether it’s of the positive or negative variety. It’s always good to know if you’re doing well or if there are areas that you could improve (and let’s face it, that’s the case for most of us). Don’t go on the defensive if someone tells you something you don’t like to hear about yourself. Keep an open mind and ask yourself if it’s true. Be honest in your reply. If you’re not sure, maybe ask a trusted friend or family member.

Gemini 22nd May-21st June

You’ve never been one to just go with the crowd Gemini, in fact, you’re often found out in front not even bothering to check if anyone is following. Expect to be moving in a totally different direction to everyone around you this month. While everyone else is gearing up for Christmas you may find ourself in ful-on New Year mode, with healthy eating and exercise front and centre on your agenda. Forgive those mere mortals around you who want to Netflix and chill.

Cancer 22nd June-22nd July

You could be one of the first out of the blocks to get stuck in to the festive spirit Cancer, not caring what season it is as long as there’s a party involved. You could find yourself getting along like a house on fire with someone you could barely stand before, and find that it’s time to put some distance between yourself and someone in your circle with whom you’ve been friends a long time. It’s all a bit sudden and confusing. Don’t burn any bridges.

Leo 23rd July-23rd August

This month could prove to be quite blissful domestically-speaking as Leos and their prides take comfort behind their own four walls. No drama-rama here thank you very much! Even if there has been conflict up to this point, things should all quieten down nicely now, leaving you ample time to put your feet up, open that book you’ve been longing to read, or get stuck into that box set. It’s all about hearths and home now. Enjoy yours.

Virgo 24th August-23rd September

A rare opportunity arises this week to bring harmony into what has been, up to now, quite a chaotic situation. A long running issue or argument, might suddenly get resolved. Something you feel was hanging over you, like an axe swinging, suddenly begins to seem less daunting, or lessons somehow, maybe because of some breakthrough in your own thinking. Often times, the problem is not the problem, our attitude towards it is!

Libra 24th September-23rd October

Your life begins to take on a certain rhythm now Libra, as you get your ducks in a row and settle into a routine that suits you. With the approaching festivities, it’s important to get organised so that it’s a stress free season, rather than a last minute scramble. And setting a budget (and sticking to it) can save a lot of stress further down the line. Watch all those little purchases, especially if you’re planning a major life event, baby, wedding, mortgage etc.

Scorpio 24th October-22nd November

Time to move Scorpio, no room for stagnation here. You’ll be casting an eye over certain areas of your life to see what’s working and what’s gotta go. That goes for items in your physical space as well as outdated ideas and someone else’s rulebook! These are times when new regimes are often started. You might cut something from your diet or begin a challenging exercise regime. A great time to ditch unhealthy habits.

Sagittarius 23rd November-21st December

Big dreams and big ideas could get support from people at the very top of your field now, so if there’s something you’ve been planning, now is the time to reveal it. With both Saturn and Aires in your corner, anything you bring to the table is sure to be a resounding success. Don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet and take ownership of the knowledge and hard work that you’ve put in. Don’t wait for the ‘right time’ - this is it.

Capricorn 22nd December-20th January

One of two things needs to happen this month Capricorn, either you let go of a grudge you’ve long held with a family member, or you call them and hash it out, one-on-one. Some people can be reasoned with, and some can’t, only you know which kind of person you’re dealing with (and which you are yourself!). Another option is to send them an email, airing your grievances and inviting them to, privately, and in the interests of family harmony, especially approaching Christmas, set your differences aside.

Aquarius 21st January-19th February

It seems you’re about to accomplish a long held goal, it could be anything from finishing a book you started to write, booking that dream holiday, landing that promotion to simply getting on top of your pile of ironing! Whatever it is enjoy that feeling of having reached for something and achieved it. These little (or big) victories are stepping stones to greater things. Now, what’s next on that list?

Pisces 20th February-20th March

Similarly to our Aquarian friends, it’s all about reaching goals and achieving your dreams Pisces, although for you, it might be more at the conception stage. This month is the perfect time to make plans, consolidate ideas and get the ball rolling on something you’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s going to take guts, it’s going to take hard work and it will require you putting yourself out there more than you usually care to. But if you really want it, it’s your’s for the taking now.

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