We enter our final week of Count Your Blessings 2013, a week for the next generation. It has once again been an interesting journey through Christian Aid's annual charity project and it was good to take part again.
Last week I raised an additional £6.20 which brought my total to £28.10
And onto the final thoughts:
Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of 5 than those from wealthier families.
Give 5p for every birthday you have celebrated.
One in three girls in Niger are married before the age of 15, and 75% are married before the age of 18.
Give 50p if you have attended a wedding in the last year where the bride and groom were over the age of 18.
Child marriage often leads to early childbirth, the leading killer of adolescent girls in Africa.
Pray for safety for all the young girls in the world who will give birth today.
Worldwide, around 215 million children work, many full-time.
Give 10p for each child in your family who has time to play.
For the first time since poverty trends began to be monitored, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen in every developing region.
Give thanks and praise for the progress that is being made on ending poverty, and for everyone who is involved in this effort (that includes you!).
Weekend 30 & 31
In 2012, Christian Aid partner Ekta Parishad organised one of the biggest non-violent campaigns the world has ever seen. 60,000 people set off to march over 200km across India to hold the Indian government to its promises to protect the land rights of poor dalit and tribal communities. After 10 days, the march ended when the government agreed to the marchers’ demands. This momentous achievement could lift 400 million landless poor out of poverty in India.
Give thanks for this wonderful outcome and pray that the Indian government holds true to its promises. Pray for all those in the world who don’t have legal rights to their ancestral land.