Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week: ‘All mums should live’

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.’

Jebbeh fears she may be next: ‘I’m afraid. 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.’

This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.

Stand with mums: For many countries Mother’s Day falls on 12th May during Christian Aid Week.

Can we be partners for change? £300 could help provide a new delivery bed so more mums like Jebbeh can deliver their babies safely.

This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, there will not be a house to house collection in Burley but do look out for Christian Aid envelopes which will be available in church. THANK YOU. Burley Christian Aid Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who have for many years helped with the house to house collections during Christian Aid Week. Thousands of envelopes have been delivered, collected and the money counted has supported many Christian Aid projects. This has helped to bring about a better life for people in poor communities all over the world.

Mary Wood has organised the house-to-house collection in Burley for 43 years and retired from this role last year. She has committed countless hours each year to this event and been an inspiration to the committee who come from all 4 churches in the village. She remains as chair of the committee and other Christian Aid events will continue as before. We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to her.

As no one has taken on the role of organiser, Christian Aid Week will be a little different this year and your continued support will be much appreciated.

Many thanks, Janet Squire and Mary Dale, Mary Wood and the Christian Aid Committee

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Lent Lunches 2019

Thank you to everyone who made soup, helped serve, and supported the Lunches by attending. We made a wonderful £927.35.

The Lunches proved a popular event again with people partaking from all the village churches and from within and beyond Burley. It was a delight, once again, to welcome children from year 5 at Burley and Woodhead School, who came to help serve at 3 of the lunches.

There was a wonderful variety of soups each time making it difficult to choose! A big Thank you to the large number of soup makers who generously contributed soups and bread each week.

Thank you everyone for your generosity in donating to CHRISTIAN AID. It is a significant sum and will make a real difference the lives of people whose lives have been changed by war and natural disasters, by those feeling the worst effects of the changes in our climate and by people in the poorer nations of the world.

Janet Squire and the Christian Aid Committee