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Christian Aid Week might make you think of a wonderful Big Brekkie in church organised by our young people’s group and red envelopes for donations. The coronavirus pandemic means that Christian Aid Week 2020 will be different. Churches are being invited to help the world’s most vulnerable people in new ways. With worship resources and daily online quizzes, we can be involved from our own homes and maybe send an electronic donation envelope – an ‘e-envelope’ – to friends and family.
Christian Aid Week manager Sophie Brightwell said: “Coronavirus is teaching us what it feels like to feel vulnerable, to fear, to be separated and experience scarcity. It is at times like these – testing and painful times – that we recognise we are all in this together. Coronavirus impacts everyone, but love unites us all.
Christian Aid Week has always been a joyful celebration of what we can achieve together for the world’s poorest people and in this time of global crisis Christian Aid’s work is needed as much as ever before.
The most vulnerable and marginalised people are at the greatest risk from coronavirus. In Sierra Leone there are no ICU beds and in Malawi there is one ICU bed for every one million people. In refugee camps, people are not able to keep socially distant from one other and 40% of the world’s population do not have access to soap and water.
“Christian Aid was established after the Second World War when people across this country had lost so much but knew that refugees across Europe had were in a desperate situation. As we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day at the start of Christian Aid Week, my hope is that we can show that same compassion and resolve as we saw in a different time of crisis as together we show that love never fails.”
Christian Aid is funding coronavirus awareness sessions helping Rohingya refugees to understand the risks of the virus and how to prevent catching it in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.