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The humble but vitally important pea is bringing hope and making a difference to communities in Malawi.

This Christian Aid Week we're raising money to support communities in Malawi. Communities that are fighting to grow their pigeon peas and other crops against tropical storms – made worse by climate change – and rising costs of living.

We're inviting you to plant peas — a humble but strong crop, which is vital in Malawi for its ability to withstand droughts. They're small but versatile and a great symbol for demonstrating how small acts can make a big difference. 

Hermine from the Great British Bake Off shares how you can get involved! 

Plant your VIPeas

Hermine from the Great British Bake Off shares how you can get involved! 

Every prayer, every gift, every action makes a difference and transforms lives

The money raised during Christian Aid Week will help our partner agencies in Malawi with projects to combat the effects of climate change on crops and ensure farmers are paid a fair price for their produce. The aim is to help people find practical and sustainable ways out of poverty, including gaining the skills to grow more resilient crops, restore soil fertility, increase harvests and to join cooperatives to earn more for their crops.

One of the people involved in the work is Esther Saizi. The 54-year-old grandmother grows pigeon peas, which she uses to bake bread and sell. Using some profits, she helps her daughters with nursing training and a carpentry business, as well as paying for grandchildren to attend nursery.

You can help Esther and her neighbours by donating or taking part in one of the Christian Aid Week events


Share your photos!

Share the photos of your pea seedlings on social media, tag Christian Aid and use #VIPeas and #CAWeek to show your support.

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A prayer for this Christian Aid Week solidarity moment

God, gardener of Eden, who flung stars into space and nurtures the tiniest plant, lift our hopes and dreams above the loss and damage of our suffering planet, that we might share your long-dreamed vision which values the pea as much as the plant, fill us with your life-giving hope and inspire us with your creative Spirit now, and in the age to come.

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