Small change leads to big changes
when we all give a little
When you give to Christian Aid, you’re giving to a collective pot. A bit like the early church, we’re inviting everyone to put in what they have and then, when someone in our community is in need, we take money from the collective pot to pay for it.
Where your money goes
It's complicated - where your money goes, when you give it to charity. You know that.
It's true that it probably doesn’t go straight to the face in the advert. It probably won’t pay directly for that meal, that goat or that mosquito net. It won’t end poverty.
But charity is the kind of love which means you can’t just give and walk away. It's why, when you commit to give to our collective pot, we’ll commit to sharing with you the stories of how we're spending it.
So here’s to you, the human loving human being, the cheerful giver, the enabler of transformation that makes our poverty busting world at Christian Aid keep spinning.
Small change. Big changes.
The Right Solutions
In Guatemala malnutrition rates are dangerously high. We’re talking 70% of under 5s suffering from it in highland areas like Chiquimula. But if you grow the right veg in your kitchen garden you can start to combat these scary stats. Plants like Hierba Mora and Chipilin which are packed with calcium and iron can help restore health. Irma’s daughter nearly died of malnutrition but thanks to these miracle plants, which don’t require much water, she has made a full recovery.
Money from our collective pot supports a Guatemalan organisation called Bethania who show people like Irma how to make the most of these plants as well as giving health and nutrition advice.
The Right People
Mohammed Adow is an epic guy. Coming from a farming family in northern Kenya, he grew up in a part of the world deeply affected by climate change. He knows first-hand the problems it’s causing for the world’s poor so he now advocates for these people on some of the biggest stages in the world, lobbying heads of state, UN officials and company bosses, urging them to take action.
Some of the money from our collective pot goes to recruiting and keeping staff like Mohammed. We want to do the best job we possibly can and that means paying for the best people to work with us.
The Right Action
If we’re going to successfully tackle the causes of poverty head on it means holding governments to account. That’s why we campaign and it’s a huge part of Christian Aid’s DNA - from fair trade to debt relief and climate change to tax justice.
To get to the root of some of the world’s biggest scandals we have to push for transparency, integrity and honesty. So some of the money from our pot goes towards equipping people in churches here in the UK and around the world on how to do this - building relationships with their leaders, conducting research or making the placards that make sure the voices of the poor don’t go unnoticed.