Mission of the month

Christian Aid Week 12th - 18th May 2019

 ‘All mums should live’

For more than 70 years Christian Aid has been working to change the lives of people, of all faiths and none, living in poverty around the world.

This year’s Christian Aid Week appeal focuses on providing local health care to help mothers and babies in Sierra Leone, which is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum.

Jebbeh is now pregnant but is filled with fear about the birth. When her sister Fatmata went into labour, there were so few ambulances that she had to walk for three hours under the baking sun to the nearest hospital. Sadly both Fatmata and her child died. In Sierra Leone ten women die every day from giving birth.

Christian Aid is working through a partner agency RADA to build local clinics. In Sawula district one nurse works around the clock to help vulnerable mothers and children who need healthcare. However operations, deliveries and baby check-ups all happen in one small room, which has no electricity. Sometimes people have to be sent away and often there are not enough drugs. Children can be affected by diseases such as malaria and typhoid.

Please support Christian Aid and RADA as they seek to provide better local health care to make childbirth safe and help vulnerable children to live.

A red Christian Aid envelope will be posted though your letter-box and collected by an authorised collector during the week beginning 12th May. There will be collectors at Shortlands Station during the week, and the local Scout and Guide groups are also collecting money to support the appeal. Please give generously or donate online at www.christianaid.org.uk