1. Enough Food for Everyone If…campaign – Pray for campaigners as they meet with MPs in the coming weeks ahead of the budget, that they will have wisdom, and that our leaders will be inspired to act against the injustice of hunger. Pray that this campaign will be effective in reducing the causes of hunger so that millions more may have access to food and livelihoods. Cafod, Christian Aid and Tearfund are working together to produce weekly prayers on the theme of ‘Our Daily Bread’ that can be used by individuals and churches http://www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Theological-reflection, http://www.tearfund.org/en/get_involved/campaign/if/pray/
2. International Women’s Day, Friday 8th March – Take some time during this day to pray for equality and for improved conditions for women around the world. Give thanks for the strength of recent women who have used their terrible experiences to try to improve conditions for other women – Malala Yousufzai in Pakistan, friends of the gang rape victim in India, Manal al Sharif in Saudi Arabia and others. For more inspiration visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
3. Sign up to the IF campaign – for those of you at the Global Aware Conference, you will know the IF campaign is a multi agency food campaign, working with 100 NGOs and charities to end extreme hunger. The Churches IF action pack is attached – please do all you can to highlight this campaign to friends and churches as well as continuing to take action yourselves. We have already seen our Chancellor take action on tax dodging which robs countries of billions in tax, and we hope there will be more political change as a result of the strength of the campaign’s voice. For more details www.enoughfoodif.org/
4. Fairtrade Fortnight – runs until 10th March. Show your support for smallholder farmers by Going Further for Fairtrade http://step.fairtrade.org.uk/ By buying more Fairtrade products you immediately impact on the lives of farmers in some of the poorest countries in the world, guaranteeing them a good income and supporting communities. For local events and news see www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk
5. Palestine - take action to try to prevent the latest section of the Wall from being built in Cremisan. After the construction of the Israeli separation wall the community will be cut off from the valley. More than 50 families – mainly Christians – and two Salesian convents will lose their lands. Further, the Salesian Sisters Convent and School, which is giving education to more than 400 children from the surrounding villages, will be surrounded by military presence and separated from each other.
For more information and to sign the petition visit http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-valley-in-cremisan-support-bridges-not-walls
6. Syria – Please continue to pray and to take action, and ask your churches to act, for the people of Syria. Tearfund have launched an emergency appeal, for those thousands fleeing the country and for those who remain, often in desperate circumstances http://www.tearfund.org/en/news/syria/
7. The Eye of Poverty – Christian Aid sculpture and photo exhibition, Bristol Cathedral 1st – 23rd March. Feel free to drop by anytime and find out more about the work of Christian Aid, or take some time out to reflect and pray using the materials and space provided.
8. Women, Honey and Chocolate! M Shed Bristol, Friday 8th March 6-9pm
Celebration for International Women’s Day, with entry to the M Shed Chocolate exhibition, speaker and tastings from Divine chocolate, Fairtrade honey producer from Nicaragua, live music and refreshments. A Fairtrade Fortnight event. Tickets £8 / £6 conc from M Shed 0117 352 6600
9. Bread of Life – Enough for all, Manvers Street Baptist Church Bath,Tues 26th March 10am-5pm or 7.15-9.15pm
Keynote speaker, Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid. Inspiration on the Enough Food for Everyone If campaign, ideas for Christian Aid week and more.
Free to attend but you must book: http://breadoflife.eventbrite.co.uk or by calling 01454-415923.
10. Take photographs of all the events you attend, put them on Facebook, and please send copies to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Article courtesy of Jenny Foster, Bristol Fair Trade Co-ordinator