Christian Aid Week 2015

This Christian Aid Week, you can help transform the lives of women in Ethiopia.

From 10-16 May, churches the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland will come together to pray, campaign and raise money to improve the lives of people in some of the poorest communities in the world. This year the focus is on the Borena community in Ethiopia where girls are expected to fetch and carry wood and water to provide for their family. Denied a good education and the respect of their community, women are trapped in a life of poverty. During Christian Aid Week 2015, we are being asked to support women who are forced to gather fire wood to earn enough money to feed their children just one small meal a day.

slide3-choppingAfraid, alone, in pain – Loko’s choice in life is simple: ‘If I can’t collect firewood, my children will die.’

Four times a week, in a remote corner of Ethiopia, Loko makes a back-breaking eight-hour trip to gather wood. It’s a task she dreads, but she steels herself to do it because if she doesn’t her children will starve. She prays to God as she walks. ‘I ask him to change my life and lead us out of this,’ she says.

Just £5 could give Loko a loan to start her own business buying and selling tea and coffee, freeing her from her desperate task and allowing her to spend more time caring for her family. Be the answer to Loko’s prayer this Christian Aid Week. Look out for the envelopes in church and in next month’s Kirkgate Messenger. Give what you can to change a life like Loko’s.

Find out how you can play your part at:

A donation envelope will be included within the May magazine – if possible please return this on Sunday 10th May in the offering plate. Also, after the morning service on Sunday 17th May there will be a Hunger Lunch with proceeds going to Christian Aid – watch the weekly intimations for more details.

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