Three weeks into Christian Aid's Count Your Blessings and we enter our fourth. Week 3 brought in £6.70 for charity from myself. This brings my total to £12.30.
Week 4's theme is A Week for Women as we lead up to Mothering Sunday this coming weekend.
Monday 4 March
70% of the world’s poor are women.
Give 10p for every woman in your family who has a job.
Tuesday 5 March
Every day approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries.
Give 20p for every pregnant woman you know who received a decent standard of medical care in the last year.
Wednesday 6 March
Women make up 64% of the world’s illiterate.
Have a look at one of your bookshelves. Give 10p for each book by a female author.
Thursday 7 March
In India, tens of millions of women face discrimination and abuse for being single, porced or widowed.
Pray for fair treatment for women everywhere.
Friday 8 March
Women own only 1% of the world’s property.
Give 10p for each woman in your family who owns property, either jointly or by themselves.
Weekend 9 & 10 March
Golbibi Kohsani, a 20-year-old mother of two from Afghanistan, has received a loom from Christian Aid partner RAADA to enable her to make an income from her skill at weaving traditional Afghan rugs. It takes her about 3 months to finish a carpet which she sells for about US$60. The carpets are made from wool from her own animals, and the extra income means she has more money for her family.
Give thanks for mothers and carers throughout the world who work hard to look after their families.
Visit christianaid.org.uk/motheringsunday for a thought-provoking Mothering Sunday church service plan, featuring more on Golbibi (pictured).