News from Christian Aid North East ~ Plant the Seeds for Survival this Harvest

05/10/2015

Christian AidWith Amy Scott

This Harvest, Christian Aid are supporting women struggling to feed their families. Harvest is a time to reflect on how fortunate we are to have such a wealth of food readily available to us, a situation which is far from reality for women like Tomey in Mali.

In many communities, women like Tomey (pictured) have struggled to grow enough food to feed their families. A third of Malian children under two are chronically malnourished. That’s why Christian Aid partner Action for Human Promotion (APH) is providing seeds, tools and training to help women in Tomey’s community to start market gardens. Unlike traditional crops, these gardens are irrigated and do not rely on rain, instead using water from traditional wells that the community dig with guidance from APH. Twomey with her shallots [photo: Christian Aid]

Tomey is now growing and selling vegetables and has been able to save money for the first time in her life, helping her to provide for her family.

Every year Christian Aid supporters from across the diocese come together to help raise money for our Harvest Appeal. Last year, the churches of Horton Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Benedict, Cowpen dedicated their harvest service to a collection for Christian Aid as well as focussing on donations for foodbanks in the region. Fr John Swinhoe said: “The harvest service has been happening at St Benedict’s for as long as I can remember, but last year was the inaugural service for Churches Together in Blyth. Christian Aid is an ideal cause for us to donate to because of their breadth of involvement with different campaigns and they’re a cause that all of the churches in Blyth can come together to support. We’ll be doing it again this year, once again supporting Christian Aid as well as local foodbanks.”

This harvest, as we celebrate God’s bountiful creation, let’s stand alongside women in Mali and support them to grow plentiful food to last through the leaner seasons.

You can find more information about our Harvest Appeal by visiting our website www.christianaid.org.uk or contacting the North East office on 0191 228 0115

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