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Jean and I became involved with local Christian Aid Week in 1990. Back then Churches Together managed to deliver (and return to collect) envelopes to nearly every letter box in Woodbridge and Melton. On the doorstep one could invite folk to help the poor of the third world and explain that Christian Aid Week involved mainly Christians seeking to help the needy irrespective of creed or nationality. Responses were almost entirely polite, included some who supported other charities and many with varying degrees of generosity.  Over the years it became harder to recruit volunteers. Covid effectively put paid to returning to collect the envelopes. But delivery only is a much more attractive proposition. We never know the effect of a delivery only envelope but we hope it will be returned to one of our churches or prompt a donor to give on line.


At some point in the future approaching donors through their physical letter box will fade out so it is time to develop an on line strategy, reaching out to friends, relations and others. Here goes! and feel free to read on. I don't want to know if you donate or what you donate. IF you don't have a local Christian Aid Week presence and would like to support the cause please use this e-envelope.

Thank you, Tony Waller

Below is this year's story.


In Burundi, malnourishment and poverty affect more than 70% of the population, putting them at the edge of survival.

Coming back from the edge isn't easy when food can be scarce, disease prevalent, and jobs hard to come by. If you have a home, chances are there's no electricity or running water, and it may not even survive the next storm.

Aline, pushed to the brink, was abused, homeless and hungry. But Aline pushed back. She found a lifeline through Christian Aid funded small business training and she set up as a grocery wholesaler. This meant Aline achieved what had seemed impossible, a vital income for her and her children.

You can help ensure more people in Burundi get the skills and knowledge they need to fulfil their hopes and ambitions.

Donate and help someone push back against poverty this Christian Aid Week. 

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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