Two smiling women in church

Hold a church collection

The church founded Christian Aid Week to fight for equality, dignity and freedom for everyone. For over 60 years, thousands of churches in Britain and Ireland have come together to give their support each May.

We are motivated by our faith in Christ and a strong belief that every person on earth is a treasured child of God. By holding a church collection this year, you can support vulnerable mums and babies in Sierra Leone.

A lack of healthcare means Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Tragically, 10 women will die today from giving birth there. 

Jebbeh, featured in our Christian Aid Week materials

Jebbeh is praying for a healthy baby.

Photo: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

You could help mums like Jebbeh

Jebbeh is pregnant. As her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart but fear. Recently, Jebbeh’s sister, Fatmata, went into labour. With no ambulance available, she had little choice but to walk for three hours to the nearest hospital.

The road was long and Fatmata struggled to keep walking under the baking sun. With every step, she feared for her life and the life of her baby.

Sadly, Fatmata never reached the hospital. Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’ 

Stand together with Jebbeh

As her due date looms closer, Jebbeh fears she could be next. ‘I’m afraid,’ she says. ‘I pray, when that day comes, God will help me to deliver safely, so that I can have a bouncing baby and I’ll be healthy.’ 

Your kind gift could help pay for more health centres, better hygiene and health training. It could help save the lives of mums like Jebbeh.

Register your interest in holding a church collection.

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Please help and pray for us, so that mums will not continue to die in Sierra Leone