Christmas Aid from Christian Aid

Can you be a peacemaker this year by supporting this Christmas Appeal to help people recovering from violence and conflict worldwide?

Conflict has torn Hassan’s family apart. Nine-year-old Hassan hasn’t seen his mum for four years, after his family were separated by war. Hassan’s home was in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. But when he was just three years old, the family fled the war-torn country after his brother Abdullah was struck by shrapnel during a bombing. Hassan’s mum went to Europe to find medical treatment for her son and has been unable to return.

Hassan now lives with his father, grandfather and uncle in Lebanon’s Nahr al-Bared camp for Palestinian refugees. ‘Hassan was affected a lot when we first came to Lebanon,’ says Hassan’s grandfather, Noor-Al Deen Hamoudeh. ‘When his mother left, he cried a lot. ‘ Hassan now comes to Association Najdeh’s children’s centre, where he’s slowly recovering from his experiences.

Can you help other children like Hassan to find peace after conflict?

Once again, boards will be put up on the wall at the back of church and in exchange for a small donation you can wish everyone in the congregation a Happy Christmas by pinning a Christmas card to one of the boards at the back of church. Use the envelopes for your gift and return them to Janet Squire, Mary Dale, a churchwarden, or place them on the collection plate.

Traidcraft catalogues are available to borrow from the back of church for Christmas orders. Christmas cards, gifts and alternative gifts are all available.

Janet Squire