“If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10
This Harvest time, as we celebrate and praise God for providing all we need, we also stand with our sisters whose harvests are uncertain. With new access to solar power and business training, women are lifting themselves out of poverty – and this year, donations are being match-funded 4:1 by the EU, making a £15 donation worth £75!
For Aster, a mother from Ethiopia, life was a constant struggle. Farming, cooking, carrying firewood – no matter how hard she worked, she was unable to save enough money to support her family.
She came together with women in her village to set up their own shop, powered by solar energy. With training from our partner, Aster and her sisters turned this shop into a thriving business that benefits her, the community and the environment.
In Aster’s own words: ‘Coming together as a women’s group, it’s like adopting sisters; another family. We share happiness and sorrow together. They share my burden and help me face my challenges.’
Solar energy has given Aster’s village not just literal power – they once had no access to electricity – but also the power to change their lives. Now Aster and her sisters can save for the future, challenge traditions, adapt to climate change, and nurture their environment for future generations.
With your support this Harvest, we can expand our solar energy initiatives across Ethiopia, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Honduras. Your gift will help rural women improve their lives through access to sustainable energy – £75 could train a group of women to use solar power to run their own businesses.
Together, we can create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
Harvest service materials
Why not use Christian Aid’s materials in your Harvest service and hold a collection? Harvest posters, sermons, prayers, envelopes, fact sheet and an engaging short film are all available through www.christianaid.org.uk/harvest-appeal/harvest-resources. There will also be Harvest materials for schools: www.christianaid.org.uk/schools/harvest-school-resources.
Let us know if you would like a speaker from Christian Aid to support the service: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Big Shift campaign – take action in the UK
We know that the choices we make today can have a positive or negative impact on the future. Yet HSBC – one of the world’s biggest banks – is choosing to pour millions of pounds into dirty fossil fuels around the world. These actions drive the climate change that damages God’s creation and denies our sisters and brothers the chance to thrive.
Will you stand together with Aster and speak out? Tell HSBC to make The Big Shift away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy today. Visit caid.org.uk/bigshift to learn more about our campaign and take action.