St. Stephen's: Welcome Christian Aid Week 2018
'If another hurricane comes, we’d just die'
Marcelin lost his home and livelihood when Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in September 2016. ‘I lost pigs, goats, everything in the house. I have nothing left,’ he says.
He now lives in an old concrete shower block, a tiny space he shares with his teenage daughters. There are no windows or doors, and the only furniture is a single bed that the girls sleep on.
Every day he gets up at dawn to work the land, but he’s struggling to support his family. The changing weather frequently destroys the food he grows, and his family often go hungry.
He can no longer afford to send all his children to school and is unable to save any money for a new home.
They’ve endured some of the worst natural disasters on earth. They’re not just survivors. They’re fighters. But they’re only so strong. They won’t survive the next hurricane without your help.
This Christian Aid Week, you can be in their corner. You can help them build a home that will weather the next storm, so they won’t need to fight to survive anymore.
Christian Aid Week unites kingdom builders like you from all walks of life. We step out in mission for our neighbours like Marcelin, because we believe in life before death. We believe God’s kingdom is stronger than the storms.
This Christian Aid Week, 13-19 May, St Stephen’s Church is as usual organising a door to door collection. If you are able to help with the collection, please let us know. If not please give whatever you can spare when the collector calls on you during the week.
Last year we collect nearly £2,000 in Hightown. For every £210 we raise we could pay for two days’ construction training for a local builder in Haiti. The builder could then build secure, comfortable homes for people like Marcelin, giving them a safe place to weather the next disaster, and a fighting chance to build a better life.
‘Together we can be stronger than the storms-.