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For many years St Mary's has supported the magnificent work that Christian Aid does all around the world.  Irrespective of nationality or faith, CA is always there to support those in desperate need, which in most cases is the poorer members of society.

The recent cyclone in Malawi has displaced over 500,000 people and hundreds have lost their lives. There's also an increased risk of malaria and cholera in the immediate aftermath. Jen and her family are safe but had to abandon their home due to flooding. Some of her crops were destroyed. Jen reports that she has lost the equivalent of ‘2 bags’ of yield, worth at least £79. These are vital funds that she’d planned to use to pay for the secondary school fees of one of her children.

CA have been responding to the immediate recovery needs of communities. This includes providing porridge for breastfeeding mothers and children under 5 years; mosquito nets for families to provide protection against malaria; temporary toilets and bathrooms, water containers and water treatment to help prevent the risk of cholera and mobile clinics to help people process the emotional trauma of the cyclone.

Please help us to help people like Jen.

Many thanks.

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