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This year's Christian Aid Week will run from 10th - 16th May 2020.
This Christian Aid Week is going to be very different. As safety is really important to Christian Aid, for that reason, there will not be any form of door-to-door drop-off or collection during Christian Aid Week.
Over the next few weeks you will find worship materials, a recorded Christian Aid Week sermon video with Rowan Williams and activities such as quizzes on our website. You can also follow our Christian Aid Scotland Facebook page (listed below) for updates, and the Christian Aid general Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/christianaid/) for livestream opportunities during Christian Aid Week – quizzes and daily worship from our international partners.
We hope that in-person events and fundraising opportunities will be able to take place later in the year.
Please do check out the Christian Aid website and social media pages to keep in touch.
Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.
As everyone will no doubt remember the church very kindly made a generous donation towards the furnishings of a safe house in Malawi from the Harvest offering.
The progress in putting up the building was delayed by the annual rains which were still going on in mid-February. However the foundations are now laid and hopefully the walls will be going up soon. It is still likely to take two to three months before it is complete.
All the organisation, including the build, is being coordinated by a local organisation called Fisherman’s Rest. They have worked in an area about twenty minutes drive south of the largest city in Malawi, Blantyre for more than twenty years. See map below. If you want to know more about their work go to: https://www.fishermansrest.net/about. The following is adapted from the website (with permission).
‘Fisherman’s Rest was purchased in 1997 by the Chichlowscy family. Since then it has changed from a family home to a family run lodge, which supports long standing community programmes. Fisherman's Rest is set within an enchanting 500 acre forest with breathtaking views over the Great Rift Valley and our very own nature reserve.
For twenty years Fisherman's Rest has been working alongside its communities in the surrounding schools and villages. It is a thriving not for profit Lodge and Nature Reserve, which employs more than one hundred people from the local community.’
Current projects include improving water supply though maintenance of bore holes and pumps, promoting education through school feeding programmes, building classrooms and equipping libraries, and improving the environment through for example tree planting.
To see pictures of some of the work mentioned in this article please click here.
(For more information Catherine and Neil Merrylees email at firstname.lastname@example.org subject: Malawi Safe House)
Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the editorial team of the Church of Scotland magazine, Life and Work, has decided to make the online version of the May 2020 issue available free of charge to help keep the Christian community connected.