Whether you raise £2, £20 or £200, the money you make from taking the time out to share soup with your friends, family and colleagues will help some of the world’s poorest communities.
Christian Aid and its partner, Agri Service, have been able to help communities in Ethiopia because of your support.
Awol Hassen’s community has always caught fish. However, they could only bring in a small catch each week as they had to rely on the traditional method of spearing fish.
Awol and his peers could only catch enough fish to feed themselves, which, along with root vegetables made up their diet. If the fish and vegetables were in short supply, the community would only have one meal a day and the children became tired and sick.
When Agri Service visited Awol’s community, they provided training on how to fish more effectively, how to create a net and how to market the fish.
The men in the community were organised into a cooperative and were provided with a boat, nets, knives and tools to prepare the fish. This increased the catch from around 10 to 20 fish each month to up to 3,000. Before, the fishermen could only catch the smaller types of fish but now they can catch a much wider range.
These improvements mean that the community can sell the fish and receive an income for them, allowing them to diversify their diet, buy other things such as clothes and save for future investments, like more livestock.
Awol said: ‘I hope and believe the next generation will not come across such a difficult life in the future’.