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Christmas Appeal

Aimee (not her real name) lives in Haiti where natural disasters are common.  Hurricanes, droughts and earthquakes mean families like hers have to start again every time they strike.  Rebuild their homes with the little they can salvage.  Replant crops if they can.  Restart their lives.  

If this was not enough, Haiti has a history of poor government and the highest level of poverty in the Western hemisphere.  No wonder Haitians have learned to be strong and resilient. 

Your support for the Christmas Appeal will give their children the advantage of an education – the top priority of their parents.

This appeal focusses on the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, more commonly known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In 2015 the UN made a commitment to the 17 SDGs which follow on from the eight Millennium Development Goals.  This appeal highlights some of the contributions our partners are making to achieve the SDGs.  These include ending hunger, taking action on the climate and significantly reducing violence.   

Join the Lifeline so families have the tools they need to take the next step out of poverty.

Read more about the 2018 Christmas Appeal on the dedicated website.

Your gift to the Christmas Appeal will help small farmers learn conservation farming, children can go to school, and women can earn income or grow better food to support their families.  Your donation will make sure no one is left behind.  Thank you for your support!  


The CWS Christmas Appeal has been a tradition in New Zealand churches since 1945 when the first Christmas Bowl appeal was launched to raise funds for post-war reconstruction in Europe.

Chris Nichol writes on the 70th anniversary.

Watch 70 years of history: