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Burkina Faso, Christian Aid and Cove Parish Churches
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-
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.
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.
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.
We pledged to raise £5,000 knowing the EU would match it at by 4:1 -
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.
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.