Christian Aid Week brings Christians together with a common purpose to achieve something incredible.

Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Ten women die every day from giving birth. We all have our part to play in loving our neighbours, just as Jesus loved us and this Christian Aid Week the funds raised will be used to help mums and babies in Sierra Leone.

Between 2014 and 2016 Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency to tackle the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It killed more than 11,000 people in the region. When Ebola struck Sierra Leone, its government had little choice
but to accept loans from the International Monetary Fund to help it cope with the crisis. Debt repayments have left Sierra Leone with little money to provide the healthcare so desperately needed to ensure mums and babies survive childbirth.

Our gifts this Christian Aid Week could help to build more health clinics, provide health training and improve hygiene, so mums and babies can live long and happy lives.

Christian Aid recognised the problems faced by mums and babies in Sierra Leone and through its partner RADA (Rehabilitation and Development Agency) it began working to improve conditions. In some villages RADA has been able to build better health care centres and to train nurses to staff them. But more needs to be done.

In many villages there is no health centre and those which do exist are tiny and ill equipped. Often operations, deliveries and baby check-ups all happen in one single room, with just one or two delivery beds. The nurses often work around the clock to meet the needs of mums and young children, but sometimes they are forced to send people away. In addition to this, there are often not enough drugs at the clinics, with nurses having to walk for three hours to collect the necessary medicines.

The stories of Jebbeh and Tenneh are typical of mums giving birth in Sierra Leone. Details are on the church noticeboard, so please take a look. With our support, Christian Aid can continue to work alongside communities in Sierra Leone, giving more mums and babies a better start in life.

On Sunday, 12th May, Rev. Andrew Roberts will be leading our morning service which will focus on the work carried out by Christian Aid. Please come along and hear about this vital work and in particular, the 2019 appeal. The charitable giving for the whole month of May will be donated to Christian Aid so please use the envelopes in the church to support this work.

On Friday, 17th May from 10.00am – 12 noon there will be a coffee morning at “Springfield” Blakeshall, Wolverley to raise funds for the work of Christian Aid

Everyone is welcome for coffee and cakes so please come along if you can.

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