Transforming Women's Lives in Afghanistan

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Well done to all who have had anything to do with this project! As of 10th June 2015 we have exceeded our target and raised £13,500. All the extra money will go to Christian Aid so it can continue to support the work of its partners in Afghanistan. The total has become £43,500 with the extra funding!

The project has been a focus of a wide variety of fundraising activities during which much food has been eaten and tea and coffee drunk! Here's a selection of the fundraising ideas we had: concerts, quizzes, coffee mornings, afternoon teas, cake stalls, bring and buys, a film evening, a harvest supper, a murder mystery evening, donations from individual groups, lunches and dinners, Christmas collections, offerings from Circuit services. Quite a list!

There will be a special Circuit Service at Caldy Valley on Sunday August 9th at 6.30pm to mark the formal end of the project and all are welcome. It will be led by our Superintendent Minister Rev'd Neil Stacey and we hope to have a speaker from Christian Aid who will be able to give us an update on the project.

In Afghanistan more than one in three people live below the poverty line and there is the worst maternal and infant mortality in the world. Female literacy is only 12.6%. Christian Aid is undertaking a three-year project with a partner organisation the Afghan Women's Education Centre to educate and empower over 1000 women and young people. These groups will learn about women's rights under the Afghan Constitution and are encouraged to think about their role in the community and how they could bring about change.

Through Christian Aid we connected our circuit with a community project in Afghanistan providing education for women and helping them contribute more to taking their communities out of poverty. The Circuit agreed to raise £10000 for this project and generous matching funds from the European Union for the scheme will triple the money raised! The project enables churches to have a greater impact than they would have working separately in giving support to development work overseas as part of their mission and purpose.

The pictures used here are by kind permission of Christian Aid / Sarah Malian

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