Whether you go door-to-door collecting, hold an event or simply donate money, every penny you raise during Christian Aid Week and throughout the year will help transform lives around the world.
The graphic below shows how money was spent in 2011/12. For a detailed analysis, please view our annual report.
DFID match-funded case studies
In 2012 Christian Aid successfully secured match-funding from the UK government that meant the first £5 million donated to Christian Aid Week was matched £1 for £1.
Below are some stories that highlight how this money is already making a huge difference to communities that Christian Aid partners are working with.
The community at Jana in northern Ghana depend on farming to feed their families and provide for other essential needs.
However, with increasingly unpredictable weather and limited access to seeds and fertiliser, villagers like Fuseini Salifu have struggled to produce enough to eat, depending on one meal a day for much of the year.
With the support of Christian Aid partner Ghana Trade and Livelihoods Coalition (GTLC), Fuseini and his community have been able to access two tractors, ensuring that they are able to prepare the land and reap a richer harvest.
By working as a community and sharing resources it is no longer about planting enough to eat tomorrow, but building a business that provides an income.
With this, Fuseini and many more in his community can send their children to school, buy vital materials and take a step closer to a brighter, more hopeful future.
‘GTLC encouraged us to come together, join hands and make our group very strong.’
Edson Mphande suffered from terrible stomach pain but, after an initial appointment with a junior medical officer, was unable to see a doctor at his local government hospital in Ndola, Zambia, three times due to staff shortages and the long waiting lists.
Following an emergency appointment, his doctor advised him to travel 40km to St Theresa Mission Hospital, which is supported by Christian Aid partner Churches Health Association Zambia (CHAZ).
Through the support and dedicated service of this hospital, Edson has been able to access the care needed to make a full recovery.
Despite the pain that he has experienced, he explains that ‘it’s not their fault [the local government hospital] – they don’t have enough nurses and doctors to treat everyone’ - a painful reality for the many still awaiting care.
Without the continued work of hospitals like St Theresa’s, many more like Edson would be left without care, potentially until it’s too late.
‘Here the doctors take time to examine you. I’ve loved the service here.’
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