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Gift Box Appeal 2016

It is again that time of year when ADRA-UK is preparing for the Gift Box Appeal! For the past few years we have given these little boxes of joy to children who need them most around the world, and this year is no different!

Our destination for this year’s boxes is Ghana in West Africa.The Republic of Ghana, is a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. The word Ghana means "Warrior King" in the Soninke language.

In partnership with the ADRA Ghana office, we will be distributing gift boxes to children living in the rural and poverty-stricken areas of the country.

Thanks to 120 churches, schools and groups all boxes are gone!

What to Pack

Please pack NEW items only. We have been in constant communication with the ADRA Ghana office, and they have provided us with a list of items the children here will most benefit from and appreciate (please ensure all boxes are age appropriate for the box you are packing):

  • Please make sure that EVERYbox contains a toy (this is what brings the smile to a child's face!)
Other suggestions to fill the box:
  • A toy!
  • Sport shoes or flip-flops
  • Draw string rucksack/school bag
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Baseball caps
  • Towel and wash cloth
  • Any other age appropriate items

Please do NOT to pack any of these:

  • NO Food, sweets etc
  • NO Religious literature (Bibles, EGWhite writings, Christian books, quarterlies etc)
  • NO battery operated toys
  • NO liquids please (shampoos etc.)!
  • NO jewellery

Note: this list may differ from previous years but is prepared in cooperation with our partner ADRA Ghana!

The gift boxes are intended for the following age groups (boys & girls):

3-6 years

7-10 years

11-14 years


How it works this year

All boxes are distributed by DPD for delivery the first week of September 2016

Please return gift boxes to your selected collection point by 21 October

Watford Quality Control: 24 October - 16 November 2016

Containers shipped to Ghana: 17 November 2016 

Container arrived in Ghana: January 2017

There are 12 drop-off points across the UK from where we will collect your packed gift boxes. These are in NEC Office, Leicester Central, Manchester Salford (Formerly Central), Birmingham Camp Hill, Portsmouth, Bristol Central, Croydon, Balham, Hampstead, Chiswick, Stoke Newington and Watford.(Pending changes)

All boxes need to be at the drop-off points by the 21st of October. 

We will accept boxes in Watford by PRIOR ARRANGEMENT from Sunday the 23rd of October. Please call 030 30 40 10 17 before planning to come to arrange a delivery time.

BIG YELLOW STORAGE, 1 Ascot Road, Watford WD18 8AL

Below is a picture of what is being shipped out now!

Flat pack of the boxes for shipping!

What ADRA pays for.....

  • Production of the gift boxes
  • Packing and courier delivery
  • Pickup from collection centres
  • Warehousing
  • Quality control
  • Container shipment to Ghana
  • Distribution cost in Ghana 
  • (warehousing, trucking, staff cost etc)

Each £2 contribution covers 1/3 of the actual cost of delivering a gift box in the hands of a child. Thank you for your support.



We ask for a donation of £2 per gift box to help with the shipping cost. Donations are to be collected by the ADRA agents or their local representative and submitted to ADRA-UK. Please DO NOT attach the £2 to the gift boxes!

What is it like in Ghana?

Since the mid-1980s, Ghana's impressive development has made the country one of the strongest performers in Africa, although economic challenges and a fiscal deficit are currently slowing down the pace of growth.

IFAD is heavily involved in investing in rural people to help them improve their farm and off-farm activities. This is a result of Ghana's robust democracy and a strong commitment to attract foreign and domestic investment to provide opportunities for rural young women and men.

Ghana ranks 138 out of 187 countries and territories in the United Nations Development Programme's 2013 Human Development Index – a comparative measure of life expectancy, education and income for countries worldwide.

While Ghana's overall poverty rate has declined, the three regions in the north have seen only marginal decreases. Poverty rates in the north are two to three times the national average, and chronic food insecurity remains a critical challenge there.

The dry savannah region covers roughly two thirds of Ghana's northern territory. Unlike the south, where there are two growing seasons, the northern plains are drought-prone and vulnerable to climate change and present relatively limited economic opportunities.

Small-scale farmers in Ghana's poor rural areas have limited access to the assets that would facilitate a shift from low-productivity subsistence farming to modern, commercial agriculture. Major constraints to their livelihoods include lack of infrastructure and insufficient access to equipment – such as agricultural inputs and technology, and facilities for storing, processing and marketing products.

With few employment options available, many young men and women leave their villages for urban centres. This migration leads to an ageing and generally less dynamic population in rural areas. High rates of youth unemployment and social disparities heighten the dangers of social tension.

See: http://www.ruralpovertyportal.org

This is where ADRA is helping to improve the lives of the poor and where your gift boxes will make a difference.