Carol services and cookie sales; private prayer and public collections;
bustling fundraisers and humble giving. This Christmas you came together
as churches, communities and individuals to form a bridge of love and
compassion between those who have enough and those who have too little.
Karen McGrath/Act for Peace
This year, the support you showed was truly incredible. Thanks to your amazing generosity, the Christmas Bowl is on track to raise more than $2.4 million. It’s a true outpouring of love and compassion that makes a real difference to the lives of so many people. Your gifts will mean that refugee mothers in Ethiopia can get the clean water they need to save their children from deadly diseases, and support other lifechanging projects around the world. Here’s a small selection of the wonderfulChristmas Bowl events that were organised around the nation by Act for Peace supporters like you. To see more pictures, and find out about the impact your Christmas Bowl gifts will have, read more here
How your gifts are helping: Akula camp, Ethiopia
The people living in Akula camp, Ethiopia, have fled terrible conflict in Southern Sudan. Without simple necessities like soap, toilets and clean water, they are at risk from deadly diseases like Hepatitis E.
Thanks to your generosity, the old, unsanitary toilets that were attracting flies and disease have been cleared away and new toilet blocks with hand washing facilities have been built in their place. The camp’s broken water pump has also been repaired, meaning that families can now access safe, clean water. Each family has also received soap to keep their hands clean and prevent disease. Many people in Akula camp never had the chance to go to school, so your gifts are training refugees in hygiene and sanitation to keep their families safe from disease.
More ways to take action
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families have fled from violence and persecution in Myanmar. Currently living in makeshift camps in Bangladesh, they urgently need our help.
By giving a monthly gift, you can help bring safety, justice and dignity to people around the world who have fled from conflict and natural disasters.
Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week (June 2018) to raise money in support of refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.