Christian aid Week was well and truly launched last Sunday in Buxton with an ecumenical service attracting supporters from most of the town’s churches.
The service focused on Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries, where four out of five families living in rural areas don’t have enough to eat.
Two African students studying at the University of Derby Buxton were invited to teach authentic African worships songs to the Churches Together in Buxton Choir, which led the singing. Ann Munjanja is a second year undergraduate from Zimbabwe, studying for an honours degree in Events Management, while Fannice Maloba from Kenya is a post-graduate student. As well as performing, the choir taught one of the songs to the congregation, with Ann and Fannice leading.
This week the Buxton Christian Aid committee’s door-to-door collectors will attempt to reach every household in the town with one of the iconic red envelopes. Donations will be used to help the poorest communities in the world escape from poverty. In Sierra Leone, Christian Aid’s partner organisation on the ground will distribute farming tools and advice so that small farmers can make the very best use of their land and ensure that their children get to eat twice a day instead of just once.
In the photo, Ann is second right and Fannice is second left.