A young girl carrying wood and her baby sibling on her back, in Luhonga, North Kivu.

Christmas Appeal

Light the way for people fleeing violence this Christmas

Celebrating Jesus, the light who came into the world, at Christmas we fill our homes with light and laughter, family and friends. 

But for more than 65 million people who are fleeing from conflict and crises, a joyful home is a distant memory. Forced out by the darkness of violence and fear, they're searching for safety and refuge.

This Christmas, another human being needs a beacon of hope. You can be the one to shine the light towards a brighter future. You can light the way. 

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Survivors of violence seeking safety
Read some of the personal stories of people fleeing violence, conflict and crises below. You can light the way for those escaping darkness this Christmas.
A head shot of a young woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo


Angelique was forced from her home and all that was secure in her life. Captured from her house in a small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angelique was repeatedly raped by armed men. But that was nowhere near the end of her ordeal. Because she had been raped, her husband rejected her. Angelique was homeless and abandoned to darkness.

Angelique now needs support to rebuild her life and create a safe place for her children to call home. Your support this Christmas will help light the way for survivors like Angelique. 

A head shot of Celestin, a priest in the Democratic Republic of Congo


In his 16 years as a priest in the DRC, Celestin has witnessed more darkness than most. He’s seen his own bishop killed by armed groups, and nine other priests slain in front of him. 

Celestin had to flee – but now his ministry brings the light of Christ to others who’ve been forced to escape from horrific violence. He is now a priest in a relatively safe community – so it's become a sanctuary to many distressed survivors of violence. Local host families show extraordinary generosity and kindness to newcomers, but their few resources are often already stretched. There is hope beyond the darkness of violence. You can shine the light for families seeking safety in Celestin's community.

A head and shoulders shot of a woman sitting, looking at the camera


In November 2014, Georgette was captured by armed men, held captive and raped for four days. Fleeing for her life, she and her family found some solace living in a host household. Georgette was given support by our partner Sarcaf to buy and sell cassava flour. This helped her get back on her feet and pay for three of her children to go to school. She has also received psychological  support to work through her horrific experience. However, the family continue to face poverty and hunger. Help to bring light to families like Georgette’s who are escaping darkness. 

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