Boy pruning trees on farm in Kenya, helping climate change
April 2021

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Praying for children

Lessons from Easter

With extra freedom this Easter, it felt like many families took the opportunity to celebrate Easter in an even bigger way than Christmas.

And we probably should.

After all, Easter is the culmination of all that was foretold through the prophets and Jesus Himself. Jesus given as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, ensuring that nothing could stand in the way of our relationship with God.

…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

After His crucifixion, as Mary Magdalene mourned for Jesus, grief blinded her to mistake Him for a gardener.

Perhaps this spring, as we journey from Easter to Pentecost, we too can find Jesus and walk with Him as we prune and garden. Be that in our outdoor spaces or in our lives.

Passing on, one generation to another

It was the flourishing trees that grabbed Namaan’s attention and at this time of year, with blossom trees flowering across the UK, it’s easy to see how nature can catch your eye.

The trees on his neighbour’s well-tended farm in Kenya made Namaan really curious. What was Peter doing that was making a difference?

After plucking up courage to speak with Peter, Namaan learnt that his neighbour was a champion for natural land regeneration. Given training by World Vision through the Regreening Africa Project, Peter was restoring indigenous trees where they’d previously been felled to produce charcoal or other crops. Peter wanted to share his skills with others so, Namaan had come at just the right time.

Restoring land and restoring hope

Eager to learn, Peter taught Namaan all he’d learnt, even though his mum was a little concerned about whether he’d have time to learn farming skills and keep up with his schoolwork.

But now, as well as school subjects, Namaan has learnt all about managing natural regeneration, and loves pruning the trees on their land:

“At home, after pruning trees, you can take the cut branches and use them as firewood for cooking or make charcoal. Not cutting the whole tree. I have seen our trees grow bigger and we also get fruit to eat such as guava, avocado and other local wild fruits,” explains Namaan.

And along the way Pamela became more than a little curious too.

Now, not only does she take care of her usual maize crop, which has doubled its yield, but also joins Naaman to take care of the trees by pruning them. And the income from maize along with the charcoal produced from the pruned trees keeps Namaan and his five siblings in school. 

“Facts speak loud and clear: action is needed to tackle climate change, improve food security, fight poverty and minimise disasters. What better way to take action than to educate children like Namaan on how to be the positive change in families.” Irene, World Vision Environment and Climate Change Specialist

“…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8: 38-39 (NIV)
 
We’ve come this far together, but we must go further. Bringing hope, no matter what.

 

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  • Captain Tom 100 Challenge: On 6 April 2020, Captain Tom Moore set out round his garden. One hundred laps later, he’d raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS. His simple message of hope – “Tomorrow will be a good day” – inspired millions. Friday 30 April would have been his 101st birthday and to honour him and his amazing achievements, The Captain Tom Foundation would love everyone, of all ages and abilities, to take part in the Captain Tom 100 challenge. So, whether it’s 100 squats, 100 cakes or 100 smiles – please get involved and raise funds for World Vision so that tomorrow can be a good day for a child in need.
  • Watch Earth Day 22nd April: Climate affects us all, but the most vulnerable are affected in ways we just don't associate with the climate change. Have you ever thought of climate change resulting in the drastic increase of child marriages or child labour? It can seem disconnected, but the effects of climate change exasperates issues of poverty. We have been helping vulnerable communities prepare for and respond to a changing climate for decades. Be the change vulnerable communities need and help vulnerable children survive, recover and build a future. #SeeChangeBeChange
  • Ready for a spring clean? Now spring’s here, perhaps you’re ready to declutter and donate. Find out how you can sell your unwanted items and donate the proceeds straight to World Vision, helping make a difference to vulnerable children around the world.

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