In the news - Gbap: Growing grain, saving lives

A small rural town in one of the world’s poorest countries is the focus of this year’s Christian Aid Week.

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Gbap: Growing grain, saving lives


A small rural town in one of the world’s poorest countries is the focus of this year’s Christian Aid Week. Running between 13 and 19 May, the event is committed to raising awareness of poverty and uses the town of Gbap in Sierra Leone to illustrate how the charity’s work can help communities help themselves.

The Methodist Church of Sierra Leone – a partner of Christian Aid – has worked closely with the people of Gbap to set up a village development committee, giving them a place their voices could be heard. As well as structural improvements to the town, vast floodplains outside Gbap have been cultivated and women and young people, traditionally marginalised in the town’s society, now play an active role in society working the land.



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