Appeal Launch for Ghana – Christian Aid

Appeal launch for Ghana Aid

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At the Baptist Union of Wales’s annual Assemblies, plans were announced for its charity appeal for Christian Aid. It was agreed that the Maternity Health Promotion project in Ghana would be the focus and a financial goal was set for the appeal of £ 40,000.

Although Ghana’s economy is gradually improving, concerns remain that the money is not being directed in the best way possible and acute poverty is still prevalent there. This especially impacts on young women and many of them die during childbirth as there is no appropriate care available.

Launching the appeal the Reverend Denzil John, Chair of the Baptist Union of Wales’s Church and Social Responsibility Committee said,

“It is vitally important that churches in Wales try to understand and empathise with the living conditions of those in Third World countries and that we raise money and support the need for what are very basic facilities. The appeal therefore has a two pronged focus, to raise awareness and raise much needed funds.”

The appeal has had a timely boost as the Reverend Wyn Vittle, author of Ehangu Gorwelion, which traces the history of Christian Aid in Wales, has donated the sales from his book to the appeal.

As he presented a cheque for £3,000 Rev Wynn Vittle said,

“It’s a great honour to kick start the appeal through Christian Aid as I know from past experience that the money will be used by our partners in Ghana for the benefit of the country’s inhabitants.”

According to Huw Thomas, Head of Christian Aid in Wales, this support by the Baptist Union can make a big difference,

“Ghana is a country that has developed positively over the past years from a governance and economic perspective so there is a strong platform for us to build upon and tackle some of the key issues identified by the Baptist Union of Wales. By working strategically with our partners on the ground and with match funding support from the European Union we are confident that we can bring about positive change in the country.

“I’d like to thank the Baptist Union of Wales for their support and foresight in developing this appeal.”

This specific project is co-funded by the European Union with every £1 attracting a matched £11 contribution from Europe.

For further information contact Deian Creunant on deian@fbagroup.co.uk or 01970 636419

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change www.christianaid.org.uk/images/partnership-for-change-summary.pdf explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid’s newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk

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