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May 13th-19th is Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid is an agency of the churches in Great Britain and Ireland. The Christian part of the title does not imply that the agency only provides aid to one particular section of society rather it simply means that the agency was inaugurated by Christians to aid those most in need, of whatever nationality, faith or culture throughout the world.

Christian Aid is 60 years old this year, and Christian Aid Week Britain’s longest-running door-to-door fund-raising week, is 50 years old. The first Christian Aid Week in 1957 raised £26,000. Today it raises over £14 million, and involves 350,000 helpers.

What happens to all that money?

It is spent mainly on long-term projects providing training, equipment and infrastructure to help poor communities become more self sufficient. Christian Aid works not for those communities but with them. The people on the ground are the ones who understand their needs, and so most of Christian Aid funding is channelled through local organisations in the various countries.


All the money we give, impressive though it may be, does not solve the problem of poverty. Poverty is kept going by a whole global system of exploitation, debt and unfair trade. Christian Aid is well aware of this. Over the years it has set up, or helped to set up, such things as the World Development Movement, New Internationalist magazine, the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel the debts of the poorest nations, and the Fairtrade Foundation.

Climate Change

Climate change affects us all, but like most world problems its worst effects are felt by the poor. This summer Christian Aid is organising a 1,000 mile Cut the Carbon march through Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Some people are doing the whole march, but people all over the four countries are being encouraged to join it for a short distance. It visits Cardiff on 8th September, so look out for an opportunity to join in!

Wherever you live, you may have a little red envelope put through your letter-box this week. Please give as generously as you can, you can be sure it’s well used. If you want to know more, or if you don’t get an envelope and would like to donate online, go to Christian Aid

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