It’s May – so it’s Christian Aid Week!
Christian Aid do the most vital work advocating and campaigning on behalf of the world’s poorest people. Their theme this year focuses on the place of mothers.
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.’
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
This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, the church is this country is invited to be a partner for change. The coffee morning held last month raised enough money to provide a new delivery bed so more mums like Jebbeh can deliver their babies safely. What fantastic news is that! Every online click donation, every coffee morning, soup lunch and red envelope collected makes such a huge difference! Let’s keep on praying and working together.