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Christian Aid Week 2016

May 2016

Once again, more than a thousand churches in Scotland have taken part in another successful Christian Aid Week. 

Christian Aid Week thank you meme

Thank you!

In 2011, river floods left Feroza and her family with nothing but a goat and the bamboo walls of their tiny house. Support from Christian Aid helped them to construct an earth plinth on which to rebuild their home, safely out of reach of future floods.

  • I couldn't imagine that this kind of change could happen. I am hard working, but a little bit of money can really change things. What I have received from Christian Aid has changed my life. I never dreamed of it. I think it is a blessing.'

Feroza Begum

Christian Aid Week in Scotland

At the start of Christian Aid Week, we were delighted to welcome the Head of Christian Aid in South Asia, Dr Belinda Bennet to Scotland. During her visit, Belinda spoke to BBC Radio Scotland about life for the poorest people in Bangladesh and India.

Meanwhile, thousands of Christian Aid supporters delivered and collected our red envelopes door-to-door, or popped them on church pews. Many more fought poverty with porridge, buns and books at Big Brekkies, coffee mornings and other events the length and breadth of the country.

In Edinburgh, the George Street book sale sold its millionth book, and the Holy Corner book sale also enjoyed a bumper year. Thank you to everyone who gathered, sorted, sold or bought books at our many sales from Falkirk to Helmsdale.

At the same time, Christian Aid Scotland's Wendy Young and an intrepid band of supporters walked 79 miles along the Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness, reflecting on pilgrimage, the precarious nature of rivers and potting shed cafés as they walked. You can follow Wendy's journey on Instagram.

And our photographers were out and about during the Week capturing it all on camera. Take a look at our flickr photo album - you might spot someone you know!

flickr album - Christian Aid Week 2016

Christian Aid Week 2016

So, thank you everyone for all your pavement-pounding, cake-baking, book-selling and other poverty-busting efforts.

Uniting us all was the desire to help people like Feroza and her neighbours, our neighbours, create better lives for themselves.

As a result of everyone's efforts, we anticipate that Christian Aid Week will raise more than £1.5 million in Scotland this year.

What's Next?   

Christian Aid's work with hundreds of partners in 40 countries is only made possible because people like you give, act and pray for our work all year round.

Although Christian Aid Week 2016 is over, we encourage you to take a look at our campaigns pages to learn more about how you might challenge the structures which keep people in poverty.

Or, why not join us as we find out what it means to live, think and act differently in a world where all can flourish? Our Another Way programme continues over the summer and autumn. 

Feedback and share

If you have any feedback about Christian Aid Week 2016, or if you would like to share pictures or news of what you got up to, please contact your local office.

 

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