During Christian Aid Week (10-16 May) volunteers in Shortlands, together with thousands of others across the country, will be taking part in house to house collections raising money to help some of the world’s poorest people.
For 2015, Christian Aid Week focuses on people like Loko in Ethiopia, who walks alone for 8 hours a day to gather and sell firewood so she can feed her children. Thorns pierce her thin shoes and she is frightened of being attacked by hyenas. It’s a job she dreads but if she doesn’t do it her children will starve. Loko dreams of owning a cow one day; its milk would help her children to grow strong and she could also sell some and save to set up a small business. Just £150 is enough to buy a cow and a promising future for someone like Loko.
Our world is one of vast resources and amazing technological advances. Yet throughout the world there are communities where people struggle for food, education and access to the medicines and technology that others take for granted. Christian Aid is committed to long-term development to eradicate the causes of poverty, working to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all regardless of faith or nationality.
When people work together, the world can be changed. So please look out for the red Christian Aid Week envelope that will be posted though your letter-box early in the week of 10th May, and be aware that an authorised collector will call back during the week to collect it.
For more information about the work of Christian Aid see the display at the back of church or www.christianaid.org.uk.