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Parish of Cove St John’s, St Christopher’s and Southwood

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Burkina Faso, Christian Aid and Cove Parish Churches

Christian Aid – After the Flood

Our 3 churches in Cove Parish are members of the Farnborough Christian Aid Committee, which has as its main function organising the annual collections for Christian Aid Week in May each year.  Many church members take part collecting house-to-house & this year we raised £10,539 in total.

Christian Aid Partnership Project in Burkina Faso

As part of the Farnborough Christian Aid Committee, the 3 churches in the Parish have been involved in fundraising for the Christian Aid Partnership Project in Burkina Faso in partnership with the EU.

About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked West African country, which has suffered severe flooding recently, especially in 2009 and 2010.  Farming is critical to the economy and the floods have been devastating to the agricultural community and therefore to the health of the population.

About the Project

The project we have supported is led by two experienced Christian Aid partners in Burkina Faso:

• ODE (Evangelical Churches Development Office); and

• ATD (Alliance for Technology Development)

The  aim is to help local communities:

• restore and improve the quality and quantity of food they grow

• repair and upgrade equipment and facilities damaged by floods

• lessen the effect of future floods

So: small dams are being built; market gardens and storage facilities set up; wells and latrines built, and trees planted.  

How our £5,000 raised became £25,000 and MORE

We pledged to raise £5,000  knowing the EU would match it at by 4:1 - so we are delighted that in just under a year we have together raised £25,000 for the farming communities of Burkina Faso.  The money was raised through sponsored walks, runs, sales, small change, refreshments and jubilee celebrations.

We were delighted to reach our £5,000 target by June, thanks to everyone’s generosity & hard work in fundraising.   As we still had 2 fundraising events planned, we continued with them and have now sent a further £1,340.60 to another Christian Aid project.  This money will go to a project working with disabled young people in the Middle East, helping to educate & train them for work.  This money will also be matched by the EU in a ratio of 3:1.

The Project’s Progress

We have just received a report from Burkina Faso, and are glad to say that the project has continued despite the recent drought & food crisis in the whole of West Africa.  The project has been able to continue and is on course to be completed by the end of March 2013.  EU monitoring visits have been happy with  progress.