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I am very privileged to work for Christian Aid Ireland. I have also had the privilege of travelling to Burundi where more than 70% of people are affected by poverty and malnourishment.

I am raising money to support families in Burundi to build reliable and diverse incomes. Take Aline, for example. 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. We 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 people Christian Aid could reach – and that’s why I’m fundraising and taking part in 70K in May.

The money raised can help ensure more people get the skills and knowledge they need to fulfil their hopes and ambitions.  £10/€12 could provide one person with the training that supports their family to set up a small business, such as selling home-grown vegetables.

Together we can make a lasting difference.  Thank you for your support!

And if you'd like to join me on the day to row 1k, 5k or 10k (or any amount you want) please let me know. Your company would really be appreciated and we have plenty of spare rowing machines for you to use.

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Rosamond Bennett
1 week 1 day ago
Only 3 days to go!

Well I've done as much training as I can and it's now time to rest ahead of the big day on Saturday. The maximum I have done is 50k and that was tough so doing 70k will be an adventure.

Thankfully I am getting some great support from my lovely rowing buddies in Whitehead Coastal Rowing Club and several of them are joining me for 10k or more.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. 

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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