Harvest continues to be one of our oldest and most cherished Christian festivals. A time when, in the past, the sweat and toil in the fields was rewarded with a bounty to nourish a community for the coming winter. Harvest is still a time of year when schools, churches and communities come together to give what they can to those who have less.
For people like Cherise who live in an ever changing world harvest is still a vital time of year for her family and community. Where once there were stability in the rains and the seasons now there is uncertainty. With uncertainty comes difficulties, especially when you live in a nation where over 17 million people live on less that £1.50 a day a successful harvest is still the difference between life and death.
A missed rain means drought, which means devastation and starvation. Even when the rains do eventually come it can often bring terrible blight, or Army Work – a ferocious insect which will devour any crops in its path.
Fortunately for people like Cherise Mothers’ Union is able to establish progressive programmes which empower the community to take control of their own needs and have the tools required to stand up to the issues of a changing climate.
Whether it be a diversity of crops so they don’t succumb to disease as easily, or credit and savings groups which allow members of the community to save income, for many women for the first time in their lives, which means they have something to fall back on if there are difficulties.
We couple all of this with education which means that people in these communities are able to make the most of the tools we give them and ensures that everything we do is put to good use.
We also have a selection of resources that we hope are helpful for you and your church to join us in thought and prayer this Harvest.
Thank you for helping to secure a future for others this Harvest