Christian Aid was founded more than 60 years ago to help refugees in Europe at the end of the Second World War. Since then it has evolved into a worldwide organisation which works to relieve poverty and tackle the root causes of injustice in may parts of the world.
Every year, in Christian Aid week, members of Christ Church deliver envelopes to roads in the parish. The money collected is used in the following ways:
HEALTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
HIV, malaria and other poverty-related diseases have a devastating effect on poor countries, causing much suffering and hampering economic development. Christian Aid carries out community-based projects to support those suffering from these diseases and prevent their spread. In central Malawi its partner the Baptist Clinic is co-ordinating an irrigation project using solar energy to pump water to crops so helping HIV/Aids sufferers to grow their own food.
DISASTER AND EMERGENCY RELIEF
Christian Aid delivers urgent aid to those affected by conflict and natural disasters. It is helping people rebuild their lives in countries such as Angola, Sierra Leone and Haiti. On the Burma/Thai border it is providing bamboo shelters and education for families fleeing oppression.
Christian Aid provides a voice for members of churches who want to influence politicians. It raises the profile of social justice issues such as unfair international trade laws, and climate change - which is already hitting the world’s poorest people hardest.
This is only an outline of what this organisation does. For more information or to get involved contact:
Christ Church Rep: Judy Strawson