International development charity, Christian Aid, aims to “bring new hope” to people in Ukraine, Zimbabwe and around the world who are facing conflict, hunger and the climate crisis this Christian Aid week.
From war in Ukraine forcing millions to flee their homes to the climate crisis in Zimbabwe causing devastating drought and hunger, Christian Aid raises funds to help those most in need during crises.
Christian Aid Week, the charity’s biggest annual fundraiser, brings together more than 20,000 churches each year from May 15. Hundreds of activists from across the country will take on fundraising challenges and organize local events.
Christian Aid chairman Lord Bishop John Sentamu said: “We are all connected. Whether fleeing violence or coping with the effects of the climate crisis, those in desperate need must be supported.
“In Zimbabwe, another crisis – the climate crisis – is leaving families going hungry. Even if it’s 11,000 km away, the war in Ukraine is driving up food prices. But, with public support, we are building wells and providing seeds that thrive in drought.
The former Archbishop of York added: “Every gift. Every action. Every prayer. Each of us can give hope and change lives.
Funds raised during Christian Aid Week will help the humanitarian charity continue its work, for example buying water taps for a community garden or building warehouses to store and preserve food.
In rural areas of Zimbabwe, seven out of ten women depend on agriculture to earn a living and support their families. But without rain, women cannot grow enough food for their children. In times of drought, many families can only afford to eat one bowl of porridge a day.
Jessica Mwedzi lives in Chadanyika village, Mutoko district, in the northeast of the country. She explains: “One year, we had no rain. The hot sun scorched my crops just as they were about to bloom. It was so painful and disheartening. »
She adds, “My children crave a decent meal, but I can’t provide it. It pains me to send them to bed hungry.”
Through local partners, Christian Aid is helping communities most at risk in Mutoko and Mudzi districts prepare for and adapt to climate change, empowering vulnerable communities to grow drought-tolerant crops, to build warehouses to store food during the dry months and to learn new skills. for alternative employment.
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