The Bishop of Ely

Ely's Bishop Stephen is encouraging support of SEED's 'Small Change Challenge' during Lent to help transform lives in southern Africa.

Traditionally, people give up something for Lent. This year, we are inviting people to make a small lifestyle change and to donate the money saved to help empower disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe who have no luxuries to give up.

Expressing his support, the Bishop of Ely, the Right Rev Stephen Conway, said, "I am delighted to endorse SEED's "Small Change Challenge" for Lent. Little simplifications to our lifestyles make generosity possible even in a harsh economic climate. For rural communities in Zimbabwe, they translate into much more than we are giving up. I encourage you to support this campaign."

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" (Isaiah 58:6-7)

Marie Nazombe, one of the founders of The SEED Project, adds, Your Lent sacrifice could enable a rural family to plant trees that provide them with a sustainable source of cooking fuel, could pay for intensive training for a new micro-savings scheme group, or could sponsor a parent to learn new skills so they can support their own family.

Please invite your friends, colleagues and family to join in the challenge, she continues. Together, we can make a real difference in Zimbabwe."

Since it was founded in 2005, the charity has had a growing impact on families trapped by poverty in Zimbabwe:

  • One group that SEED's community development workers have been helping to establish a market gardening project was recently offered a contract with an international export company.
  • In 2009, volunteer trainers took SEED's health training into 24 different communities, reaching almost three-quarters of a million (730,000) citizens in Zimbabwe with basic messages about hygiene, healthy living, disease prevention, and treating common illnesses.
  • SEED has also trained 130 parents with income-generating skills. Given an average family size of eight, that's the lives of over 1,000 people transformed for the better.

To find out more about or to donate to SEED's Small Change Challenge, visit the campaign page.

Lent 2019 begins on Ash Wednesday 6th March and finishes on Holy Saturday, 20th April.

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