Christian Aid Week 2019
Sunday 12th - Saturday 18th May
“Together we’re stronger than the storms.”
Please join us in Farnham during the middle week of May and help Christian Aid fund a project in Sierra Leone to improve prenatal and maternity health care.
Several activities take place, more details in the table below - please involve yourself in some or all:
- Christian Aid Week Service at St.George's on the Sunday.
- Photographic exhibition at St James’ Church during the week.
- Bucket collection at the station.
- Games afternoon at St.Mark’s on the Thursday.
- Lunch on Saturday at The Spire.
Poster available for download - CLICK HERE. (PDF format - file size 222,849 bytes)
|Details of events in and around Farnham during Christian Aid Week 2019|
|Sunday 12th May: |
|Farnham Christian Aid Week Service at St.George’s Church, Badshot Lea (followed by refreshments).|
|Sun 12th to Sat 18th May||Door-to-door collection in Farnham and surrounding villages; organised by individual churches|
|Mon 13th to Fri 17th May||‘Bucket collection’ at Farnham station - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED !!|
|Mon 13th to Fri 17th May: |
10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m
|Photographic Exhibition featuring people displaced in Nigeria, Kenya, Columbia and Iraq at St.James’ Church Rowledge - no admission charge but donations invited. |
|Thurs 16th May: |
|Games Afternoon (board games and bingo) at St.Mark’s Church, Upper Hale (with soup lunch and, later, a cream tea).|
|Sat 18th May: |
10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m
|Soup, lunches, cake and more at the Spire Café, South St Farnham. Great food at affordable prices. Proceeds to Christian Aid.|
During Christian Aid Week 12th-18th May we will be raising money in Farnham to fund a project improving prenatal and maternal healthcare in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die giving birth and one in nine children do not see their fifth birthday. Healthcare has been severely compromised by the loss of 10% of medical staff and a lack of funds due to a huge outstanding debt to IMF, both as a result of the Ebola outbreak in 2014-2016.
In Sawula, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and few facilities. At night relatives light the delivery bed with torches.
Because of the lack of facilities and the high level of maternal mortality, pregnant mums do not feel joy in their hearts, but fear the worst. There is no transport and hospital is 3 hours walk away under the baking sun. Women die on the roadside trying to reach assistance if they have complications.
Hope for the future. With their partner RADA (Rehabilitation and Development Agency), Christian Aid are working in Sawula village and other rural areas to ensure that mums and babies will have the chance of life. RADA has been working locally to help vulnerable women access healthcare, improve hygiene with simple interventions like handwashing and, with support, build a bigger, better health care centre.
Through our gifts and prayers, we can all help make childbirth safer for mums and babies in Sierra Leone.
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If you would like to get involved with Christian Aid Farnham, please contact Karen Fewster (Chair, Farnham & District Christian Aid) - contact details below.