Beat Poverty with Porridge

Beat Poverty with Porridge

Christian Aid’s Sophie Brightwell tells us why she’ll be hosting a Big Brekkie


If you were at last year’s Greenbelt, you might have been lucky enough to get a sneak peek and a cheeky bacon sandwich at a Big Brekkie with Christian Aid. This year, as part of Christian Aid Week, there will be Big Brekkies up and down the country. In churches, workplaces and homes – and who knows, maybe another field or two – people will be getting together with their local neighbours to raise money for their global neighbours.

It always amazes me how food brings people together. And from the feeding of the five thousand to Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, the gospels are full of stories about people coming together to share food. It’s an experience that connects us, that creates community. Anyone who has been to the Sunday morning communion at Greenbelt knows just how powerful it can be.

This Christian Aid Week, sharing food can even transform the lives of people living in poverty. People like Morsheda.

Morsheda is a young mother of four, living on an island on the Brahmaputra River in Bangladesh. She has no land, few assets and no savings. And no matter how hard she works, she can’t escape the floods that constantly threaten to destroy her home.
Just £250 is enough to raise Morsheda’s home to safety, lifting it 6-8 foot above water level on an earth plinth so that she has a safe place to live. It could also buy a goat, seeds and a wormery to produce compost, giving her a long-term income.

Whether you host a giant feast or an intimate fry-up, a gathering at home, at work or with your whole church, by hosting a Big Brekkie you could transform the lives of our neighbours like Morsheda. And we’ve got everything you need. Order your free pack for lots of goodies like balloons, stickers, prayer and recipe cards and much more.