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Christian Aid week helps people in Bangladesh 

Christian Aid BangladeshCF

Every year individuals and churches in Norfolk, and around the UK, join together in May to raise money and pray for people who need help as part of Christian Aid week. This year's appeal is to help people living in poverty in Bangladesh.

Christian Aid week [May 15 - 21] is a life-saving event which makes a difference to the poorest of the poor. Without the support of Norfolk churches and individuals simply many more people would suffer. This ongoing support and new helpers are crucial to people like Mosheda, who is suffering due to flooding in Bangladesh

Picture a young mother of four. Her husband has left. She has no land. No assets. No savings. And the only work she can get is backbreaking manual labour for as little as 74p a day. Her home has been flooded several times, and last August it flooded again. She is terrified her children will drown and at times has put her baby in a cooking pot which floats on the water to save her life.

This is Morsheda. She’s our neighbour, and she desperately needs our help. She said, "My children were so scared. My sister was holding them very tightly and we were panicking because my neighbour’s child was washed away."

Julian Bryant, Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid in Norfolk says, "I am daunted by the poverty we see in the world. There is the poverty which is caused by disasters and wars and there is also the ongoing poverty that drains people’s lives. In Bangladesh many people have faced poverty for many years through flooding and this is getting worse. We are working to build plinths which will go under people’s homes and make them safer from the floods.

"We are also giving people resources to invest in things like farm animals, seeds and a composting kit – giving people like Mosheda the tools she needs to build a better and longer term future.  People in Norfolk raise money through soup lunches, street collections, church quizzes, and pop up charity shops, door to door or by giving what they can. Jesus simply commands us love our neighbour whoever they are and wherever they live. Please join us this year to make a difference."

For a whole range of different resources and ideas please go to http://www.caweek.org/
For more information or to volunteer contact jbryant@christian-aid.org

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