The Easter eggs have been eaten, the daffodils are over and it is now May.
So it is time for me to ask you to support the events taking place for Christian Aid Week. (12th – 18th May) The familiar red envelopes may be put through your letterboxes; there will be church services, coffee mornings and other events taking place. Please look out for posters, join in and give generously.
This year the focus is on Sierra Leone and I’d like to share a story about one of the women featured in the week’s publicity. I hope that after reading it you will be encouraged to donate to the appeal.
Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.
Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh’s sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking.
Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’
This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safer for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.
Thank you for reading this, and thank you in anticipation for your gifts.
Reverend Mary Playford