Christian Aid Week 14th-20th May
Each year during Christian Aid Week focus is given to a particular area of the work that is done by Christian Aid and this year the focus is on pigeon pea farmers in Malawi, most of whom are women. Pigeon peas are what we know as yellow split peas.
Here are the stories of two of the pigeon pea farmers. By training the farmers on how a co-operative works and how by becoming part of one helps them to get the best price for their peas.
We celebrate with Esther who is now able to pay for her eldest daughter’s lodgings at Nursing School and buy tools for her youngest daughter who is training to be a carpenter.
Sadly in another part of Malawi, Cyclone Freddy damaged pigeon farmer Jen’s crop and she lost the equivalent of 2 sacks of peas worth £79. Jen has two sons but now must choose which son can go to school as she can only afford to send one. They have also lost their home.
All Christian Aid Staff have been challenged to raise £79 during Christian Aid Week, the equivalent of the 2 sacks of peas Jen lost.
I know that times are difficult just now and everyone has less to give but there are Christian Aid envelopes in church and if we can all give something maybe we can raise £79 , remembering how blessed we are in so many ways, not least that we don’t have to choose which of our children and grandchildren can go to school.