Christian Aid Week 12-18th May

 

HAPPY “BIRTH” DAY

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The residents of Bridge of Weir have been fantastic supporters of Christian Aid Week over the years.  Please, please, please continue your support this year.

For over 70 years Christian Aid has been combating poverty and the causes of poverty. It regards poverty as an outrage against humanity. It works in 37 countries with people of all faiths and none to stand up for dignity, equality and justice.  Each year, Christian Aid Week shines a spotlight on one specific aspect of its work.  This year it is a subject to which we can all relate – very closely indeed. 

Huge progress has been made internationally in reducing the rate of “maternal mortality” – in plain language, mothers dying during child birth.  Worldwide, this rate has almost halved in the past 25 years.  This improvement, however, is not equally spread. 

In wealthy countries – such as Scotland –the incidence of maternal deaths is around 12 per 100,000 live births.  In sharp contrast, the comparable figure in the least developed countries of the world is 436 deaths.  And in the African country of Sierra Leone it is a staggering 1,360 deaths per 100,000 live births.  Again, in plain language, an expectant mother in Sierra Leone is over 100 times more likely to die during child birth than an expectant mother in Scotland.  Every day in Sierra Leone ten mothers die trying to give birth to their child.

There is no single answer to this terrible situation.  However, by working closely with local partner organisations particularly in rural parts of Sierra Leone, Christian Aid has developed an effective programme to address its multiple causes:  building local health clinics, training midwifery staff, educating young women, overcoming cultural barriers to healthcare, empowering women in determining what happens in their village, and even running programmes to enhance the status of women in the family setting.

We can all relate personally to this issue – whether we are mothers, husbands, parents or grandparents.  And we can all do something about it.  During Christian Aid Week a donation envelope will be delivered to your house and will be picked up later in the week by a volunteer collector.  Please give generously – and if you pay income tax, please complete the Gift Aid form on the flap of the envelope, to allow Christian Aid to increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you.

Thank you.

Bridge of Weir Christian Aid Group

[St Machar’s Ranfurly Church, Freeland Church, St Mary’s Church]


KILBARCHAN ROAD. BRIDGE OF WEIR. PA11 3EG

01505 612975

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