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I’m taking on the challenge of 70K in May. Why?

"Poverty has a woman's face". Addressing global gender injustice is at the heart of Christian Aid's work.  Take Aline, for example who lives in Burundi. She found a lifeline in Christian Aid after she felt the full force of extreme poverty, when an early marriage ended in abuse and violence. Christian Aid helped her with small business training and she set up as a grocery wholesaler. Today, Aline can afford food, clothes, and essential healthcare for her family.

There’s more women Christian Aid could reach and help them push back against poverty.  Did you know, malnourishment and poverty affect more than 70% of people in Burundi? – and that’s why I’m fundraising and taking part in 70K in May, walking 70,000 steps each week during the month. I'm very aware that while I have the privilege of walking for leisure and exercise many women walk miles out of necessity to fetch their daily supply of water. I hope to be able to use my daily walk as one small way to give another woman a step towards equality and dignity.

The money you help me raise can help ensure more people get the skills and knowledge they need to fulfil their hopes and ambitions.  £10 could provide one person with the training that supports their family to set up a small business, such as selling home-grown vegetables.

Thank you for your support! 

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Fran Ellis
3 days 14 hours ago
Week 3

Another successful week of walking another 85200 steps including a lovely walk on Waseley Hills. 

Thank you to all my supporters!

Fran Ellis
1 week 3 days ago
Week 2

I've completed week 2 and have walked another 85000 steps mostly around the beautiful local Warley Woods but also a section of the Cotswold Way.

Thank you to all who are supporting me.

Christian Aid
1 week 6 days ago
Target reached!

Congratulations! This activity has reached its target!

Fran Ellis
2 weeks 3 days ago
Week 1

I've completed week 1 and have walked 81000 steps! Thank you to all my supporters.

Christian Aid
2 weeks 4 days ago
75% of target reached!

Congratulations! This activity has reached 75% of its target!

Christian Aid
3 weeks ago
50% of target reached!

Congratulations! This activity has reached 50% of its target!

Christian Aid
3 weeks 5 days ago
First donation received!

Congratulations! This activity has received its first donation!

How your money helps

Poverty pushed Aline to the brink. She was abused, homeless and hungry. But Aline pushed back harder. With Christian Aid funded small business training, she achieved what had seemed impossible, a vital income for her and her children.

Fundraising this Christian Aid Week will ensure more people in Burundi get the skills and knowledge they need to push back against the inhumanity of poverty.

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Aline Nibogora is pushing back against extreme poverty in Makamba Province, Burundi by raising the living conditions of her community with the support of Christian Aid. Credit: Ndacayisaba Epitace
Aline Nigobora stands in front of her home, She wears a pink top and green skirt and is looking in the camera with a neutral expression