Christian Aid Week 12-18th May 2019
Do you remember Cyclone Adai?
Torrential rain and wind hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 15th March. Many of you will have seen that Beira, Mozambique’s second city, was flattened by the cyclone and that vast areas were flooded, affecting around two million people. I travelled in the affected area when the rivers were mere trickles; seeing a news item from Inchope, which had been turned into an island by the vast new lake made me recall how dry and dusty that area was when I passed through. It is difficult to cope with extremes.
Chikwawa district was one of the areas badly hit in Malawi. I headed up a water safety initiative there in the 1990s; I wonder how much the people remembered from that time when the waters rose. 187 evacuation camps have been set up in southern Malawi and schools and churches have also been used for temporary accommodation.
I know the area around Chimanimani in Zimbabwe well, as I used to take school pupils on expeditions up the nearby mountains and had a number of friends living there. The BBC report from there showed boulders in the centre of the town that were not there a few years ago, so I suspect there has been a major landslide due to the cyclone. The area was completely cut off because of bridges that had been swept away.
A month after the cyclone many of the roads are now passable, the number of new cases of cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea are diminishing, and many people who are able have started to return to their home areas. However, there is still a vast amount of international help needed and Christian Aid is one of the charities that form the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) that has made a national appeal for donations. I hope that you will be reminded of this human situation when you come to think about Christian Aid Week this year.
Christian Aid Week – 12th to 18th May
1 Christian Aid envelopes will be available in the church from Sunday 12th May. Please return them through the collection dish near the crossing by 26th May if possible.
2 A prayer guide will also be available in church from Sunday 12th May.
3 We need volunteers to help with collecting at b&m on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th May. Sign-up lists will be in the church after Easter.
4 As last year, there will be a paper quiz available, from 28th April, with a closing date of 26th May. You are welcome to have a go and give your completed papers to Gill or Roger Miller by 26th May.
5 There will be a CONCERT on Friday 17th May at 2.30pm in the Methodist Church given by the Burnham U3A Concert Party partly to raise funds for Christian Aid. Tickets, £5 including programme and tea/coffee, are available from Jenny Golding and Brian Foakes.