Over the past weeks we have been made all too aware of the deepening hunger crisis in East Africa, the Yemen and other areas that have been affected by drought and conflict.
In Africa 16 million people across South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia urgently need food, and two years of conflict have pushed Yemen, already one of the world’s poorest countries, to breaking point. Half of the population – 14 million people – are going hungry and need help before it’s too late. A child is dying every 10 minutes because of preventable diseases and child malnutrition is at an all-time high.
Christian Aid is a member of the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) along with other very well known charities who believe that by working "together we're stronger". Christian Aid also helps to provide school-meals for children, give cash and food vouchers to families, and repair water sources.
In Kenya and Ethiopia, with their partners the charity is already responding to some of the worst-affected areas. In Somalia Christian Aid plan to work with our ACT Alliance sister agencies to provide support.
In South Sudan, with their partners Christian Aid has long been providing life-saving help: distributing seeds, farming tools and fishing gear to enable families to access nutritious food. They also provided agricultural training, repaired community water points and built latrines.
In Yemen Christian Aid will be supporting the work of Action Against Hunger (ACF), who have been working in Yemen since 2012, treating malnourished children and improving families’ access to food, particularly the under-fives and pregnant and breastfeeding women. The project aims to prevent acute malnutrition through targeted supplementary feeding.
With your help, they could do so much more. Next month we are all asked to consider giving to Christian Aid's yearly national house to house collection, which brings in a great percentage of the charity's yearly income. The red and white envelopes which are put through your letterbox are very recognizable, and are then collected by hand and passed on to local Church collection points to be counted and the cash sent on to the Christian Aid Charity.
Could you help with this work, for just a couple of evenings, between Sunday, 14th May and Saturday, 20th May this year? Rankin congregation is allocated 45 streets within the Strathaven area, while Chapelton congregation have the village area to cover, so we have a great need of volunteers.
If you feel you would like to know more about this charity collection, or can offer to help, please let us know via the contact form on this website.