Christian Aid

Christian Aid – Christmas Appeal (www.caid.org.uk/Christmas)

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35 This Christmas, for every pound you give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, the UK Government will also give a pound, meaning even more mothers and children under-five across Sub Saharan Africa will be saved from the life-threatening effects of malnutrition.

As many families gather together for a time of plenty and abundance, millions of mothers and young children hit by severe hunger in countries across the world, including South Sudan, are wondering where their next meal will come from.

Earlier this year, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan: the first time it was declared anywhere in six years. More than three years of conflict had displaced nearly 4 million people, disrupting harvests and leading to devastating food shortages. Although the famine was averted, the crisis in South Sudan has reached unprecedented levels – nearly 6 million people are facing severe food insecurity. If left untreated, acute malnutrition – the most extreme form of food crisis – can lead to death.

Aluel used to run a small business selling tea and bread at her local market, which provided enough money to feed her family. As the situation in South Sudan deteriorated, inflation rose to 800%, meaning her earnings could no longer buy enough food to put on the table. The mother-of-four could only provide one meal a day for her family, and sometimes that meal would consist of nothing but leaves.

Christian Aid partner organisation is providing cash vouchers to people, like Aluel, struggling with acute malnutrition in South Sudan, so they can buy essential food in local markets to help their families recover.

“Before Christian Aid intervened, life had become very difficult. As a family, we urgently needed help,” said Aluel.

With support from SPEDP, she received cash vouchers, allowing her to buy enough food to feed her children.

“I saw the health of my children improve drastically as they then started eating three meals a day,” she added.

Your donation could help Christian Aid prevent many thousands of unnecessary deaths from malnutrition. Just £5 could provide a cash voucher to provide enough food for a family for four days, and £150 could provide 10 families with fishing gear.

Donations made to the Christmas appeal between 6 November 2017 and 5 February 2018 will be matched up to £2.7 million. The UK Government’s match will fund our work in South Sudan.

Please donate at www.caid.org.uk/Christmas