Locust Plague hits East Africa

Our news has been dominated by the spread of Coronavirus. Yet that is not all the news. Locusts are surging through East Africa after devastation in Pakistan. It's hard for us tograsp but the locusts are descending on the crops of those who are already poor and vulnerable; literally eating everything.

Thank you to all who gave for this appeal in church before we had to shut. A total of £250 has been sent to Action against Hunger from the Woodfield team of churches

  Swarms of desert locusts spread through the region, destroying crops and pastures at a voracious pace. The United Nations has warned of an unprecedented threat to food security in a part of the world where millions already face hunger. And the situation will probably get worse before it gets better. Experts say the outbreak—the worst in recent memory—is caused by an increased number of cyclones. If the weather trends continue, there may be more to come.

“There is a link between climate change and the unprecedented locust crisis plaguing Ethiopia and East Africa,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said. “Warmer seas mean more cyclones generating the perfect breeding ground for locusts. Today the swarms are as big as major cities and it is getting worse by the day.”

   So across the churches of the Woodfield Team, we wanted to do something. Go to their website for a lot more detail as to what is happening https://www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk/blog/locusts-surge-through-east-africa.    Join us in helping those who already have so little and go on to their website to give.

Here is the thank you from the charity for what's been given already:

Dear Revd Canon Vivien Elphick,
I am writing to you on behalf of the charity Action Against Hunger. Unfortunately, with our Public Engagement Team working remotely from home, I have been unable to send you a letter, so I hope this an appropriate means by which to contact you.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the parishioners from the Woodfield team of churches who contributed a total of £250 towards our Locust Appeal. We are very appreciative of your fundraising efforts.
With everything going on in the UK currently, it can be difficult to engage with overseas humanitarian work, however, we must not forget there are a number of disasters still having a terrible impact of the lives of the most impoverished communities all over the world. 
Thank you again for your kindness and for choosing to support our cause. Please stay safe and well.
Best wishes,
Lauren

LAUREN SABIN

PUBLIC FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER