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I’m fundraising this May in Christian Aid Week by walking the Camino de Santiago to help people push back against poverty.

For example, did you know that malnourishment and poverty affect more than 70% of people in Burundi in east Africa? Christian Aid are working to empower families there to build reliable and diverse incomes. £10 could provide one person with the training that supports their family to set up a small business, such as selling home-grown vegetables.This is a really worthy cause and there’s more people Christian Aid could reach with our support.

I'm walking the English way (Camino Ingles) in Galicia, north western Spain which is one of the Camino de Santiago routes. It goes from Ferrol on the coast to Santiago de Compostela. In the past pilgrims from England arrived by ship and walked over land to see the tomb of St James the Apostle, whose remains are believed to rest in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. The name of the city translates as "St James of the field of stars". The 112 km journey will be spread over six days from 12 to 19 May.  

 I hope you can sponsor my walk. Thank you for your support! 


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1 day 14 hours ago
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Richard Powell
2 days ago
Many thanks

Many thanks to all who have supported and given, it's great together to have raised over £1,500 for Christian Aid towards the relief of poverty. 

Richard Powell
1 week 3 days ago
Day 6

Today we completed the Camino Ingles walking 16 km from Siguiero to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival the showers gave way to bright sunlight and the sound of La gaita. I have received my Compostela to recognise the completion of this journey / pilgrimage. Many thanks to everyone who has supported me and helped raise funds for Christian Aid. 

Richard Powell
1 week 4 days ago
Day 5

Day 5, 24km from Hospital de Bruma to Siguiero. While a long walk mostly down hill across attractive countryside. Little rain today, thankfully. Tomorrow the final stage.

Richard Powell
1 week 5 days ago
Days 3 and 4

Walking from Pontedeume to Betanzos and then to Hospital de Bruma. The fourth day 24 km and while some rain largely dry weather. Wonderful country side in full spring. Very tired this evening!

Richard Powell
2 weeks ago
Day two

Day 2 from Neda to Pontedeume along the  estuary and then turning away to Pontedeume where we crossed the bridge with the 14 century Andrade tower in view. A total of 12.4 km. Some beautiful country side and steep gradients but with heavy rain.

Richard Powell
2 weeks 1 day ago
First day done

First day’s walk from Ferrol to Neda completed. A walk of 15.3 km around the estuary in beautiful weather. On the way a stop at the Monasterio de San Martín de Xuvia. 

Christian Aid
2 weeks 3 days ago
Target reached!

Congratulations! This activity has reached its target!

Christian Aid
2 weeks 3 days ago
75% of target reached!

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

Christian Aid
2 weeks 6 days ago
50% of target reached!

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

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4 weeks 1 day 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