Focus on: Christian Aid

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THE LONGEST RUNNING FUNDRAISING WEEK IN THE UK

For the more observant and attentive among you, it will not have escaped your notice that this coming Sunday (12 May 2019) will be the start of Christian Aid week.   Therefore I thought now would be a good time to do a focus on: article about them.

We’re all familiar with those little red Christian Aid envelopes landing on the doormat, but did you know that Christian Aid Week is the longest running, fundraising week in the UK?

CHRISTIAN AID

For more than 70 years we’ve provided practical support to our global neighbours in need and tackled the injustices that keep people poor.

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive.  But together we have the power to transform lives.

We’ve been standing with the poorest of our neighbours.  We work in 37 different countries, with people of all faiths and none to stand up for dignity, equality and justice. Our voices and actions are stronger together, and with your help we can make an even bigger difference.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

Our groundbreaking work began in 1945, when we were founded by British and Irish churches to help refugees following the second world war.

For over 70 years we have provided humanitarian relief and long term development support for poor communities, tackling injustices and championing people’s rights.

We stand together with our global neighbours.  Together we can create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

With the help of our incredible partners we have achieved so much  in 70 years.

Aim:

  • To expose poverty around the world.
  • To help in practical ways to end it.
  • To highlight challenge and change the structures and systems the favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
  • We stand with the most vulnerable and excluded people of the world, both in times of crisis, and for the longer term.  We give people survival essentials when they are without shelter or refuge, and help them find the strength and resources they need to flourish and protect themselves from shocks and disaster.
  • We support people to stand up for their rights and to build stable, secure lives they can enjoy living.

We push our political leaders to tackle climate change and tax dodging – which hit the poorest, the hardest – and for our society to welcome those who have been forced to flee their homes overseas.

A WAR REFUGEE’S STORY

A refugee named Theodor Davidovic was on the receiving end of Christian Aids work after the war, in his own words:

‘In the refugee camps, it was Christian Aid that sent the parcels, feeding us for two and a half years, and I never forgot it.  Christian Aid helped me to survive and I feel I owe my life to Christian Aid.  I vowed there and then to do my best as long as I live, and I’m still doing it, 70 years later.’

Christian Aid Campaign for change:

Standing together we can tackle the root causes of poverty and challenge the systems that keep people poor.

(source: Christian Aid)

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