CHRISTIAN AID SEEDS OF TRANSFORMATION At this time of the year we praise God for providing all we need to eat. We also take the opportunity to share our plenty with neighbours in our local communities who have little. This harvest we’re asking you to join us by turning your attention to your global neighbours. As we celebrate God’s bountiful creation, we stand with Rodah and her community in Kenya, supporting them in growing plentiful food that will last throughout the seasons ahead.
For people in Rodah’s rural village, harvest has become an increasing struggle as the arid conditions make it difficult for crops to thrive. The rains are both erratic and unpredictable, and as the im-pacts of climate change intensify, the situation is getting worse. Each day Rodah used to walk up to 10 kilometres to get water, just to try and keep her crops alive. Her two jerry cans weighed 18 kilograms – the same as two car tyres.
Despite her backbreaking efforts, Rodah’s harvest was never enough. Consequently, she couldn’t afford to send her children to school.
But since Christian Aid and our partner organisation ADSE, a branch of the Anglican Church in Kenya, started supporting poor families in her village, everything has changed. ADSE built a sand dam, which keeps precious water from the river close to the community, so they are able to nurture their land, grow their crops and earn an income. With her earnings, Rodah has been able to buy water pipes and a pump.
Her farm is flourishing and she is able to afford to send her children to school. The sand dam has transformed the entire community, who have since been introduced to drought-resistant seeds that will grow even if the rains don’t come. They have learnt about special farming techniques, such as drip irrigation, which makes water go a long way. With your support through giving, acting and praying with Christian Aid this harvest time, you will help to change the lives of thousands of people like Rodah by sowing seeds of trans-formation. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.