Churches in Debenham, Beccles, Ipswich and Sudbury in Suffolk recently welcomed Zeina Zakar from one of Christian Aid’s partners in Lebanon, Association Najdeh. She spoke simply and movingly about her work to support Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, an overlooked group of people, some of whom have been there for decades. Through people’s support for Christian Aid, Association Najdeh brings psychological support, education and counselling to thousands of children and women especially who are affected by the trauma of war and the risks of living in the camps. We were grateful for the hospitality, cakes and refreshments provided by St Mary’s Debenham, Hungate Church Beccles, Bishop MIke Harrison and staff of Diocese of St Edmundsbury St Nicholas Centre, and Sudbury Apostolic Church.
Simon Snell, local coordinator for Christian Aid in Suffolk said “This year’s Christmas appeal features Association Najdeh and supporters’ generosity will help our work to build peace so desperately needed, and help communities raise themselves out of poverty around the world. We are also lobbying the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take more action to cease arm sales and work harder towards peace in countries like Yemen. Very Rev Joe Hawes has shown his support for this.” Find out more and to order peace doves and Gift Aid envelopes at www.caid.org.uk/christmas, and to read more about our campaign and Zeina’s visit at our local Facebook page: www.facebook.com/
A short film about our appeal is here
and about Association Najdeh’s work here