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Give a precious gift this Christmas

At Christmas, we remember God’s gift to us – his Son, Jesus Christ. This year we are also celebrating the precious gift of life for families in Nigeria threatened by malaria.

We’re working with communities in Nigeria, training volunteers to help prevent this life-threatening disease, to bring hope to people’s lives.

Case studies

Click on the links below to discover how your support this Christmas could make a lasting impact on communities in Nigeria.

When we first met Geneka earlier this year, she was heavily pregnant with her second child. Almost everyone is at risk from malaria, but the disease is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and children: it accounts for around 11% of maternal deaths and kills 250,000 children in Nigeria under five every year.

Geneka

Thanks to the work of our partner, Geneka has gained a strong awareness of what malaria is and the importance of using a mosquito net.

But unfortunately, at seven months pregnant, Geneka caught malaria. Her local health centre didn’t have suitable medicine for pregnant women, so she had to walk to the next village to get the help she needed.

Sadly, we recently learned that Geneka’s baby was stillborn at birth.

How we’re helping

Our partners are working hard with Geneka’s community through a Community Development Committee to urge their local government to provide much needed healthcare. So that women like Geneka don’t have to make difficult journeys when they feel unwell.

Please give a precious, life-saving gift alongside gifts to friends and family this Christmas.

Dorothy Ukowfu is a nurse and midwife; she has delivered more than 500 babies! Dorothy received training from our partner in malaria prevention and management, to equip her to deal with malaria cases effectively.

Dorothy

On the day that we spoke to Dorothy she had just helped to deliver Onuchukwu Okoye’s baby boy, Israel. Onuchukwu had attended antenatal sessions with Dorothy and had been taking the right medicine to prevent her from getting malaria.

Dorothy’s expert care enabled Onuchukwu to protect her baby during pregnancy. Without this help, this story could have had a very different ending.

Please help us to continue providing this sort of life-saving training by giving what you can to our Christmas Appeal.

Resources

We know Christmas is a busy time of year in the church calendar and hope that the selection of resources available helps with your service preparation and fundraising activities!

Order resources

We have a number of inspiring resources available to order here.

Download resources

Nativity script

pdf icon A script for your nativity with an alternative ending! Suitable for use in churches and schools. 

Download script

 

Carol service prayers

pdf icon A selection of prayers for a carol service that will help you remember those living in poverty this Christmas, and to reflect on the difference your precious gifts can make to lives in Nigeria.

Download prayers

Coming soon…

  • Short videos with accompanying Bible studies exploring the themes of hope, peace, joy and love.
  • Advent candle lighting liturgies: words to say for each Sunday in Advent.
  • An individual reflection to guide you through the Christmas period.
  • Poster to promote your events: Editable poster where you can add information about the event you are organising.
  • Magazine article: a short piece explaining the Christmas appeal.
  • Christmas poster for churches (also available in print): A3 poster with an A4 version and festive fundraising suggestions.
  • Christmas decoration (also available in print): star-shaped decoration suitable for use on Christmas trees.

 

Christmas Appeal

Your donations could help to protect mothers and children in Nigeria from malaria.

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