SCIAF supporters Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh took to the streets of Glasgow to launch the charities annual Lenten appeal for some of the world’s poorest people.
This year, SCIAF’s appeal focusses on the people of Zambia, in southern Africa, particularly around Kabwe, which is one of the most polluted towns in the world. To survive, most families in Kabwe grow their own food in small plots near their homes – it’s a perilous life, very much dictated by the weather. As their climate changes, life becomes more perilous still.
Ricky said the difference the appeal can make to lives should not be underestimated. He said: “When we travelled with SCIAF, it was heart-breaking to see how many families really struggle to grow the food they need or get the necessities of life we take for granted such as water, a dry home or some money.
“This year the campaign focusses on Zambia. For one woman that SCIAF worked with – Catherine – hunger meant poisoning her family by mistake as she had to search in the woods for mushrooms to feed her grandchildren. As a 65-year-old widow, she had to search to find food alone.
“We also heard about Ruth and her family who face a life of extremes. Floods, droughts and storms are wreaking havoc with their lives. For so many of our poorest sisters and brothers, hunger is the beginning of a tragic downward spiral. But it doesn’t have to be.”
Lorraine, who together with Ricky travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with SCIAF just before lockdown, said: “I live a pretty lucky life and it’s just nice to do whatever we can, even though times are tough for lots of people in this country, to reach out a hand to help someone else. I certainly feel I have a duty to do what I can.
“Even giving a pound will make a big difference. When added together these tiny acts make a huge impact.”
For more details on how to donate, please visit www.sciaf.org.uk. To donate £5, please text SCIAF to 70490.