Christian Aid

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Christian Aid
Christian Aid logo
Type NGO
Registration No. UK (1105851)
Founded 1945
Headquarters
  • Interchurch House, 35 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RL, UK
Origins London, England (UK)
Area served Worldwide
Mission Christian Aid insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.
Motto We believe in life before death.
Website www.christianaid.org.uk
The Christian Aid logo
Activists from Christian Aid lobbying for trade justice

Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 40 British and Irish churches, and works to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Christian Aid campaigns to change the rules and systems that keep people poor, speaking out on issues such as tax justice, trade justice, climate change, and Third World debt. Christian Aid has fought poverty for more than 65 years.

Christian Aid's essential belief is summed up in the statement "We believe in life before death", often used alongside the Christian Aid logo. Christian Aid states it works where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, nationality or race. One of its other messages is Poverty Over, represented by the word Over highlighted within the word Poverty. It works with 570 local partner organisations in 45 countries around the world to help the world's poorest communities. It is a major member of the Stop Climate Chaos, Fairtrade Foundation and Trade Justice Movement campaigns. Christian Aid's headquarters are in London and it has regional teams across the UK and Ireland. Christian Aid also organises the UK's largest door-to-door collection, Christian Aid Week, which takes place in May each year.

Its director is Loretta Minghella who was appointed in 2010. The 2011–2012 income was £104.6 million.

Development projects[edit]

Reconstruction after various wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were major projects, alongside the aid given after the overthrow of dictators Idi Amin in Uganda and Somoza in Nicaragua. Yanomami Indians in Brazil were also supported, in a commitment to marginalized peoples.

Fundraising[edit]

Christian Aid raises income from a number of sources.

A significant percentage of the income comes from the thousands of individuals in churches and communities who care passionately about tackling poverty.

The main fundraising moments include: 1. Lent Appeal 2. Christian Aid Week 3. Harvest Appeal 4. Christmas Appeal 5.Easter appeal.

Throughout the year supporters give regularly using direct debit, cash donations and Will Aid. Churches and community groups also take part in the annual calendar of events (e.g. walks, soup lunches and quizzes) raising thousands of pounds.

Criticism[edit]

Peter Hallward, in his book , accused Christian Aid of supporting US led violent regime change in Haiti in 2004.[1]

The development economist Paul Collier in his book The Bottom Billion suggests that Christian Aid "deeply misinformed" the UK electorate in 2004 and 2005 with a campaign against reducing trade barriers in Africa based on a "deeply misleading" study conducted by an economist without the requisite expertise and whose purported review "by a panel of academic experts" who were two gentlemen chosen by said economist who were also not noted for their expertise on international trade. He quotes an unnamed Chief Economist at the British Department of Trade and Industry as saying "they know it's crap, but it sells the T-shirts".[2]

Christian Aid has also been criticized for paying excessive salaries in London to some of its managers. [3]

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External links[edit]

Christian Aid's websites[edit]

Christian Aid's Corporate Sponsors[edit]

  • AquAid AquAid have donated over £2 million to Christian Aid since 1998