Christian Aid

 

Fareham Methodist Church, along with the other churches in Fareham supports fund raising activities for the work of Christian Aid.

Additional volunteers for this work are always welcome.

Date for your diaries:

Road Show: Sunday 29th April 2012

                    6.00pm St John’s Church

Sponsored Walk: Sunday 13th May 2012

Christian Aid Week 13th – 19th May 2012

Church Partnership Scheme

In Zimbabwe, political instability, combined with increasingly erratic rainfall and the impact of HIV, has left many communities across the country facing serious food shortages. This is particularly true in Matabeleland, a dry region stretching across the south and west of the country. Here poor soils, inadequate water supplies and environmental degradation have reduced harvests and increased malnutrition, particularly among children.

However, Christian Aid is now working with local partners ZimPro and Lutheran Development Services and communities in South Matabeleland on a new project to increase the productivity of the soil and introduce new and better crops. Key to the success of this project is the introduction of a new approach to growing crops called ‘conservation farming’ which has already made a big difference to crop yields in other parts of the country.

Along with this new farming method, the project is also introducing a greater diversity of crops, livestock, such as chickens and goats, and measures to preserve the soil so that communities have more reliable and varied sources of food.

In October 2010 our Church along with URC, St John’s, Holy Trinity and St Columba pledged to raise £5000 over two years to support a project in Zimbabwe. Support from the European Commission means that for every £1 donated through the Partnership Scheme to this project, the Commission will give an additional £9, therefore multiplying donations by 10!

NEWS........

The meal and concert at the end of October 2011 in aid of the Partnership scheme raised £564.52.This together with a donation has meant that we have already reached. our £5,000 target for the this project so ZimPro will receive £50,000!! 

As we had pledged to raise money for the Partnership scheme for two years we are now going to support a health project in Sierra Leone:

This exciting new initiative is seeking to improve the quality of emergency care services to communities located close to Sierra Leone's eastern border in the Kailahun District

Through this project, two Christian Aid partners, the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone and SEND-West Africa, are working with local institutions and communities to increase the quality of care offered to mothers and babies at two local hospitals and more generally improve health services in the area. 

Any money that we raise will be matched 3:1 by the EU.