Christian Aid Week, 10th to 16th May 2020
Rose Jonathan is sixty-seven and lives in Kitsui, eastern Kenya. She hasn’t seen a drop of rain for two years.
When she was a child, Rose remembers how often the rain would fall, giving fruit to the trees and providing plenty of nutritious food to eat. Now drought is robbing her of her chance to farm – no crops can grow, rivers are running dry. She and her family are hungry.
Every day, having had nothing to eat, Rose walks for six hours to the nearest river to collect water for her grandchildren. When she comes home her grandson cooks her a meagre bowl of porridge – Rose is exhausted a can do nothing more for the rest of the day.
But it doesn’t need to get hid far. There is an earth dam just minutes away from Rose’s home, but it has completely dried up - it is not deep enough to capture enough water for everyone who needs it.
This is Rose’s climate crisis but millions of people in Kenya are also desperately struggling to survive the drought. This Christian Aid Week , could you make a donation to help Rose and her community and others like them build bigger dams to capture all the rain ? With a dam full of water, Rose could grow vegetables for her family and see her grandchildren live their lives to the full.
Please give generously to help people like Rose this Christian Aid Week.
Christian Aid Week this year is very different. Because of the Covid19 pandemic there will be none of the usual church or house-to-house collections or fundraising events.
If you would like to make a donation as part of Christian Aid Week please visit www.caweek.org where you can also see more about Christian Aid’s virtual fundraising opportunities and resources. Thank you.
Prayers for Christian Aid Week:
God of all the Earth, you saw the land and called it good, yet for so many today, droughts are prolonged, rains delayed and crops have failed. Help us to work together with you and all of creation to stop this climate crisis. Amen.
Creator God, thank you for the community of creation, for the wonder of sea creatures, for the magnificence of birds in flight, and for the family of humanity. Transform our individual isolation into natural interconnection for the flourishing of all and the glory of your name. Amen.
May the strength and beauty of your will be at work through Christian Aid Week. Amen