7pm Church together prayer time in Primary Room
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TEARFUND The Tearfund collection next Sunday will be used by Tearfund where they deem the need is greatest. Jesus showed extravagant love towards us in that while we were yet sinners he died on the cross for us and he expects us to reflect his love in how we treat others.
With the current very high prices for energy and food the blight of the poor around the world has significantly worsened.
May God use us and Tearfund to reflect his love to them and give the poor hope for today and for eternity.
Gifts should be placed in a Tearfund envelop or plain envelop marked Tearfund and please add your FWO number or your name if you wish to gift aid your contribution.
Ps 41 v 1 Blessed is he who considers the poor.
How cleaner fuel is transforming lives in Northern Malawi.
Smoky kitchens are a common sight in Karonga district in Malawi’s northern region.
So too are bags of charcoal which is used as fuel for cooking. But the production of charcoal is having a harmful effect on local communities as well as on the environment. Cutting down trees to produce fuels such as charcoal is leading to deforestation, which degrades the soil, impacting those who farm nearby as well as being harmful to the health of those burning it.
To tackle these health and environmental problems, Christian Aid’s EU-funded Breaking the Barrier’s programme helped the Hara women’s group to find a way to boost their income as well as benefit from an alternative clean energy source.
Hara, from which the women’s group take their name, is a rice-growing area in Karonga district and previously rice husks would be thrown away. However, in 2020, Christian Aid was able to provide the group with a machine that could turn rice husks into briquettes that could be used as fuel.
The machine that makes the briquettes has a decarboniser which removes the carbon from the smoke, helping to make the briquettes a cleaner, alternative source of fuel to charcoal.
The briquettes are affordable, costing just 150 Malawian Kwacha (£ 0-13) per kilo which is enough for a family of six to be able to cook for the day. The group sell their briquettes within their own villages in Karonga and use them themselves for cooking
As well as providing them with training in business management and marketing skills, Christian Aid also linked the group up with a local bank to help them acquire a low-interest loan to help them develop their business.
If you would like to help this venture, please use a Christian Aid envelope, which can be found in the church vestibules and mark it with the amount of your donation together with your F W O number and Malawi.