Christian Aid Week to spotlight Haiti’s internally displaced
This year, Christian Aid Week, 13-19 May, tells the stories of displaced people in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew in 2016, to spotlight the suffering, vulnerability and indignity common in the experience of those living in poverty.
Marcelin, a Haitian farmer, lost his home and livelihood when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in September 2016. ‘I lost pigs, goats, everything in the house. I have nothing left,’ he says. His words emphatically demonstrate the vulnerability of his position after the Hurricane: ‘If another hurricane comes, we’d just die,’ he says.
He now lives in an old concrete shower block, a 2m x 2m space he shares with his teenage daughters. There are no windows or doors, and the only furniture is a single bed that the girls sleep on.
Marcelin has shown incredible resilience in the face of such hardships and is working hard to raise his children alone. He needs a disaster-proof home.
Every day he gets up at dawn to work the land but he’s struggling to support his family. The changing weather frequently destroys the food he grows and his family often go hungry.
He can no longer afford to send all his children to school and is unable to save any money for a new home.
Christian Aid is well-placed to help him and others in Haiti: of the 700 houses they built after the 2010 earthquake, just one needed to be repaired after Hurricane Matthew. Christian Aid week will help him with donations raised in house to house collections, from events such as Christian Aid Big Brekkies and through prayer.
This year, Christian Aid Week falls during Thy Kingdom Come, the season of prayer for new disciples between Ascension and Pentecost. Archbishop Justin has written the forward to this year’s Daily Devotional for Christian Aid Week to take in all ten days of Thy Kingdom Come, with the focus on making new disciples: “Each day, your reflections, prayers and responses will focus on our calling to proclaim the Good News,” says Archbishop Justin.
There is a video with another Haiti story:
And a children’s video:
Christian Aid Week information can be found here: www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week and resources are here: www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week/resources
Buntingford Deanery pulls together to empower women and girls
Churches and groups within Buntingford Deanery have collaborated together to raise a really significant amount, £5000, for a Christian Aid project empowering women and girls in El Salvador through improving education about sexual and reproductive health. The EU will top that up to £20,000.