We can support our global neighbours

CLIMATE CHANGE Flooded river homes in Bangladesh
CLIMATE CHANGE Flooded river homes in Bangladesh
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Charlotte Scott, Christian Aid regional co-ordinator for Hampshire, talks about the effects of flooding further afield

WE’VE all been struck by the images showing the recent flooding in the north of England – and felt sympathy for those who have lost homes and valuable possessions.

Of course there are some countries in the world where flooding happens even more regularly.

And we’ll be able to hear about one of those countries next month.

Christian Aid project officer Rezwana Islam will share stories about the precarious life of islanders in the mighty rivers of Bangladesh. She’ll visit Holy Trinity Church, in West Street, Fareham on Saturday, February 13.

The church will host a curry evening, during which she will explain how the effects of climate change are part of daily life in Bangladesh, and how thousands of river islanders fear their crops, their homes and even their children might be swept away in the next flood.

Rezwana will speak at 11 venues during February, highlighting projects that will feature in this year’s Christian Aid Week, from May 15-21.

She will share the story of a young mother-of-four, Morsheda, who lives in daily fear of the destructive powers of the Brahmaputra river, which brings dangerous snakes into her home and threatens to destroy everything.

And she will tell supporters how safety for families like Morsheda is just six feet away, as Christian Aweb id partners build earth plinths six feet high for homes and provide seeds and livestock.

Rezwana’s visit will bring home to us how we need not feel either remote or powerless, but we can support our global neighbours in comparatively easy and fairly inexpensive ways.

Everyone is welcome to come and hear Rezwana speak. It is always a privilege to hear stories of how individual lives have been transformed, and it will be a perfect way to help us prepare for Christian Aid Week when hundreds of supporters across the county will take part in door-to-door collections or local fundraising events across Hampshire.

The evening is open to everyone and will start at 6pm, but places will need to be booked in advance for catering purposes.

For details about Rezwana’s talks or how you can get involved with Christian Aid Week 2016, contact southampton@christian-aid.org.

n HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, West Street, Fareham, PO16 0EL

Contact: vicar, the Rev Sally Davenport (01329-232688 or office@htscf.org.uk)

Website: www.htscf.org.uk