We have just two weeks to go now until Easter, Beth and I are going away for Easter week. We are doing a circuit of Western Colorado. Starting by going south to Great Sand Dunes National Park for a couple of days before heading west to Ouray in the mountains, north to Glenwood Springs and then east back home again. In five days we will do about 800 miles. Hopefully won't be too bad and there will be a lot of nice views.
That also means, however, that we are getting to the end of another year of Christian Aid's Count Your Blessings. Last week I added a further £6.80 to the amount that I have raised, this brought my new total up to £21.90
The theme for the penultimate week is health and homes:
2.5 billion people in the world do not have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet.
Give 40p for every toilet you have in your house.
Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, HIV has orphaned more than 14 million children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Pray for children growing up without parents because of HIV/AIDS.
Malaria is a preventable disease, and yet a child dies from it every 45 seconds in Africa.
Give 50p if you know at least one way of preventing malaria.
Over 100 million people around the world have no shelter whatsoever.
Give 30p for each bed in your house.
Today, an estimated 863 million people are living in slum conditions compared to 760 million in 2000.
Give 10p for each home you have lived in that has provided you with shelter and comfort.
Weekend 23 & 24
Governments in the developing world find it difficult to monitor pesticide use. In Ghana, 7 banned pesticides are still sold. Farmers misusing pesticides risk cancer, birth defects and damage to the central nervous system.
Give 20p for each household product you own with a warning label.