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Christian Aid Lent Appeal Focuses on Climate Change

Wednesday May 26 2020

Christian Aid has launched its Lent and Easter Appeal for 2020, encouraging supporters to think of communities in developing countries battling the effects of climate change.

The appeal specifically focuses on Kenya, where severe droughts are becoming more frequent and intense. Without a reliable source of water, communities struggle to survive.

The appeal calls on Christian Aid’s supporters to pray, to donate to practical solutions, and to sign up to the New Deal for Climate Justice which calls on the UK Government to take rapid action on climate change.

The face of the campaign is Faith Muvili (pictured), who lives in Makueni county in southern Kenya. Due to the increasing unpredictable weather, her fields used to be dirt and dust.

Faith says: “We were facing a lot of trouble fetching water. We did not even try to do farming or plant vegetables because there was no water. We used to dig deep in the stream to get water. It took a lot of time because there were many other people trying to get water too.

“The weather has changed because when I was young, there was a lot of rain and food was plenty. Today the rains are very poor. There was also a lot of livestock and today there is very few.”

Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, says: “Without crops Faith and her family didn’t have enough to eat or sell. But now Faith grows a healthy crop thanks to a nearby dam. The sand dam was built by the community with the support of Christian Aid’s long-standing partner Anglican Development Services – Eastern (ADSE). ADSE works alongside communities to help them adapt to drought and poor rains.

“The dam gives Faith’s community resilience in times of drought. While the rains remain irregular, a dam means that when the rain does fall the community can collect every last drop. The water source gives people a chance to not just survive but thrive.

“Drought continues to be a threat to Faith as the climate remains uncertain and unpredictable. It is unjust that people like Faith are battling the worst of a climate crisis they did not create. But for now, she at least has the tools she needs to adapt. With the dam, her fields stay green and her family has a hopeful future.”

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