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Karen Fewster's Visit to Ethiopia

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FRESH from her trip to Ethiopia, Karen (Chair, Farnham & District Christian Aid) brings news of the plight of families living with an increasingly deteriorating environment, as a result of climate change.

Ethiopia map

Karen, who is retired and lives in Rowledge and worships at St James’ church, visited the African country to witness first-hand how donations from Christian Aid supporters from the Farnham area are helping to transform lives.

Walking for firewood

She met families from several communities whose lives have been affected by climate change, and who are forced to become more resilient and to adapt their farming methods to be able to grow enough to eat.

Karen was one of nine supporters selected from across the South East to travel to the east African country for a ten-day trip, visiting communities supported by Christian Aid projects on-the-ground.

Water-capture project

Karen reported:

  • “It was really inspiring and encouraging to meet people who have benefited from the support of Christian Aid and its local Ethiopian partners, Action for Development.
  • “Now I have returned, I hope to share my experiences with people in churches, schools and clubs in the Farnham area, and to speak about how rural communities in Ethiopia are adapting to the real and immediate pressures caused by the changing climate.
  • Preparing food
  • “Climate change has become headline news in the UK these days and an increasing number of people are taking action to make a change but in Ethiopia they are already living with the serious effects of climate change with longer periods of drought, less rain and higher temperatures all taking their toll on people, animals and crops.”

The pictures show a woman who due to deforestation has to walk up to 4 hours a day for firewood, the Christian Aid water capture project in Malle, and a Bena woman preparing food.

In 2019, Christian Aid supporters across the Farnham area raised £22,785 for Christian Aid, including events such as street, station and supermarket collections, Big brekkies, carol singing and a charity tea tent at Music in the Meadows, individual donations and church collections.

Across the whole of the UK and Ireland, Christian Aid raised no less than £7.56 million in 2019, with over 10,000 churches and 40,700 volunteers taking part.

Karen is available to speak by arrangement to groups and congregations, both small and large.  Please contact her directly ...
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