This Christian Aid Week, will you help people like Rose break the cycle of climate chaos?
From severe drought to flooding, climate chaos robs 68-year-old Rose of what she needs to survive: a reliable source of water. Without water, every day is a struggle. Without water, Rose is thirsty and hungry. This is her climate crisis.
When Rose was a child, growing up in the Kitui region of Kenya, there was plenty of rain. It fell at the right times, giving fruit to the baobab trees and providing plenty of nutritious food to eat.
But now this is just a memory. The climate crisis has brought extreme weather and her community is feeling the brunt of it. The situation is made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
For months at a time, Rose lives with a drought. In recent years, it has become so bad that it has caused a hunger crisis.
During the dry season, Rose sets out on long and dangerous journeys to collect water. She has been the sole carer for her six grandchildren since her husband died and her daughters moved to the city for work. She walks for up to seven hours on an empty stomach and it exhausts her.
“Because I am old, I can’t walk very fast. When I get home, I just rest in the evening. I have no energy to do anything else”, Rose says.
There is an earth dam just minutes away from Rose’s home which should be a lifeline. But it is not wide enough or deep enough for everyone’s needs. Even when it rains, it runs out of water quickly.
What’s more, when the rains do fall, they are much heavier than they should be, putting Rose’s community at risk of flooding.
The threat of coronavirus has only made things worse for Rose. Handwashing to stay safe against the virus can be difficult. And the local school closures have kept Rose’s grandchildren at home, all needing another meal that they would usually get at school.
With a reliable source of water, Rose would be free from long journeys. She could grow fresh vegetables to eat. And she could protect herself from the dangers of coronavirus.
Your gifts this Christian Aid Week can help make this a reality.
Christian Aid envelopes are available to collect from baskets at the top of the front steps of the church.