Big Brekkie is the most important meal of the year.
Marcelin, a single parent, and his three teenage daughters from Torbeck in Haiti, have endured relentless disasters, and each time, they’ve lost everything. Today, they’re living in a 2x2m block of concrete – about the size of a four-man tent – which used to be a communal shower. It has no windows, nor a door, and just one single bed. Changing weather patterns means Marcelin struggles with his work tending a small patch of land, and without a steading income, he is unable to feed his daughters enough or send them to school.
Marcelin is not alone. Eight years after the devastating earthquake that hit the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, an estimated 38,000 people are still displaced. Despite the resilience and strength of its inhabitants, the country has struggled to recover as they continue to face relentless earthquakes, storms and hurricanes, with many people living in precarious houses or in temporary shelter.
Hurricane Matthew, in November 2016, wreaked further havoc across the south of the country, destroying up to 90% of some areas. Haiti narrowly escaped disaster when Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean in 2017, and it’s only a matter of time before the next hurricane strikes. Each time a crisis hits, people lose their dwellings and livelihoods, making it increasingly hard for them to rebuild.
Today, more than 40 million people across the globe are forced from their homes, and yet remain within their own country. They outnumber refugees, people who flee across a border, two to one.
David Pain, Director of Fundraising at Christian Aid, said: “Despite the 40 million internally displaced people making up two thirds of those fleeing their homes worldwide, we rarely hear about them. International policy means they are often ignored or forgotten, even though displaced people are among the most vulnerable to poverty and exploitation in the world.
“But Christian Aid hasn’t forgotten them. We believe everyone counts, and we will continue to fight alongside them for justice.
“Jesus often brought people together over a shared meal, and taught us to care for people in poverty, so we are inviting our supporters to enjoy a Big Brekkie this Christian Aid Week and join a massive movement of Christians proclaiming God’s justice for displaced people, like Marcelin, and to show that together we are stronger than the storms. Your porridge and pancakes, croissants and crumpets are weapons in this fight against injustice.”
Christian Aid Week unites over 20,000 churches every year to achieve incredible things to support our global neighbours in need, who are often suffering through no fault of their own. Just £5 could buy a jar of seed so that someone like Marcelin can grow beans to feed his family, or just £50 could buy basic building tools.
This Christian Aid Week, you can help to change the lives of people forced to lose or leave their homes due to disasters and conflict by donating online at www.caweek.org calling 08080 006 006, or texting ‘GIVE’ to 70040 to give £5.*
*You will be charged £5 plus your standard network rate. Christian Aid will receive £4.88 of your donation. By texting, you are agreeing for Christian Aid to phone or text you to tell you about our work and how you can help. If you wish to donate and not hear from us again, text GIVE NO to 70040. For more info call 020 7620 4444.
If you would like further information please contact Melanie Hargreaves on 07919 206850 or at email@example.com. 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950
1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 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