This week is Christian Aid week, which runs till May 20, and this year’s appeal is for a project in Binga, a remote area of Zimbabwe.
The project is helping 1,020 disabled children and their families access education and other services.
The project is unique to the Isle of Man and follows up from a Comic Relief funded project which, when finished in 2016, highlighted areas of neglect.
Binga is in its third year of drought. It can take up to 40 minutes to pump water.
Christian Aid says there is no infrastructure in place, this not only includes roads and services, but also very limited schools and clinics.
The nearest special education school is 230km away from Binga. Even if the children could get to this school, the attendance fees are over 500 US dollars a term.This Christian Aid week is our opportunity to make a large and lasting difference to disabled children, their families and the communities in Binga. Every single penny raised goes directly to the project. So if you see collectors out, please help us to help others.
Louise Whitelegg, the island’s regional coordinator for Christian Aid visited the project on a self-funded trip in December 2016 and witnessed for herself the issues in Binga.
She said: ’When I first arrived in Binga I was overwhelmed by the extent of the poverty and was overcome with a sense of sheer frustration and hopelessness. All around I saw major problems at every level.
’But after spending a few days with these people and talking to the parents, listening to their hopes and aspirations, I saw that there are quite simple things that can be done to help make a tremendous difference to their lives.
’Their hopes for their children, when we compare them to our hopes seemed so basic and simple. To be to attend a school, to be able to wash themselves, to be able to help fetching water. With kindness and generosity we can make a difference.’