West Norfolk helps Christian Aid give hope
2009: During Christian Aid Week
over 60 people aged between 16 to 80 years old walked the streets of Downham Market
and surrounding villages in West Norfolk
to collect almost £3500 from local residents.
A total of £3,458 was sent to Christian Aid to enable the charity to continue its work aiding poor communities in countries around the world to achieve a better quality of life.
It helps people like Audelia, whose life used to be controlled by the river near her home in Honduras. Rising waters in winter often left her whole community cut off from the nearby town. But a new bridge, funded by Christian Aid partner the Mennonite Social Action Committee, has given Audelia peace of mind. Her whole family can get to safety easily in an emergency and their supply route is now always open. ‘It’s a dream come true,’ she says.
Christian Aid Week (from May 10-16), launched in 1957, is Britain’s longest-running fundraising week. Christian Aid is an international development agency working in around 50 countries, wherever the need is greatest – regardless of race or religion.
Downham Market Christian Aid Co-ordinators Bob & Debbie Carr, said: “Thank you to all the local church organisers, collectors and the generous who contributed in many ways to accomplish such an excellent result.”
Pictured above are Audelia and her grandson Mino cross one of the two suspension bridges that their community built with help from a Christian Aid partner.