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Christian Aid 15 - 21 May 2011

A Prayer about ending poverty

Loving God, you make us in your image.
Forgive us when we fail to see your image in each other,
when we give in to greed and indifference
when we do not question the systems that are life-denying.
As we are made in your image,
let us live in your image
and be Christ-like
in service, endurance and love.

(Christian Aid)

Background to Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week is Britain’s longest-running fundraising week and has been a firm fixture in the calendar of many thousands of people each year since 1957. It is famous for the distinctive envelope that drops through the letterboxes of millions of homes each May – and for the massive impact that the week has made in the fight to end the scandal of poverty around the world.

For example, people such as Catherine Nyaata, in the slums or informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya have been given a significant boost as they try to work their way out of poverty. Thanks to Christian Aid partner organisation MNU, members of Catherine’s community have been able to install five toilet and shower blocks. ‘They have brought us more dignity. Previously there was none,’ says Catherine.

Christian Aid is an international development agency with a vision – an end to poverty – and it believes that vision can become a reality. It works through partner organisations in around 50 countries for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.