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Aims and Values
Christian Aid is a Christian organization that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.
We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Vision: Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality.
Our essential purpose
- to expose the scandal of poverty
- to help in practical ways to root it out from the world
- to challenge and change structures and systems that favor the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalized.
We are an agency of our churches in Britain and Ireland and are mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication. Christian Aid’s work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity – a practical love and care for our neighbors.
– Love and solidarity
We are called to love and care for one another in compassion and humility, as we stand alongside all those who struggle against poverty, powerlessness and injustice.
– Dignity and respect
We are convinced that every human being has innate dignity. All people are of equal worth, which is why we place honesty and respect for others at the heart of what we do.
– Justice and equality
We understand that where people lack power, poverty prevails, so we support work that empowers individuals and communities. We fight injustice and inequality with courage, hope and determination, challenging the structures and systems that prevent people from rising out of poverty.
– Cooperation and partnership
Our work is rooted in a spirit of cooperation and we affirm the value of acting in partnership with others. We work with and for the churches, as well as with other faith and secular groups. We also engage with other key actors, including civil society, government and the private sector, in various ways and on various levels.
– Accountability and stewardship
We are accountable for how we use the resources entrusted to us, ensuring that our decision-making is open and transparent. We measure our impact and are always striving to improve our performance.
We are committed to being effective stewards of the planet’s scarce resources and caring for the earth for the sake of future generations.
Christian Aid in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory
Christian Aid has been working with the poorest in the region since the early 1950s, when we provided help to Palestinian refugees. Today we are working with more than 20 Israeli and Palestinian organizations to protect human rights, access to services and resources, and to build a peace based on justice for all. Our development and humanitarian relief reaches Palestinians and Israelis; Jew, Muslim, Christian and secular.
Christian Aid Partners
We work with local partners bringing emergency relief and long-term development to the poorest. For example:
• The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees supports Palestinian farmers to make agriculture work despite the restrictions of the occupation.
• The Women’s Affairs Centre in Gaza, and the YWCA in the West Bank work for women’s social, political and economic empowerment.
• The Culture and Free Thought Association in Gaza and the YMCA in the West Bank both provide counseling and support to children growing up in conflict.
We also support human rights and peace organizations to push for accountability and justice. For example:
• Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem and Palestinian group Al Haq focus on abuses committed in the occupied Palestinian territory – whether carried out by Israelis or Palestinians.
• The Parents’ Circle Families Forum is made up of Israelis and Palestinians who have all lost loved ones in the conflict, and yet come together to lobby for peace and reconciliation.
• The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sends volunteers to the West Bank and Israel to monitor checkpoints and trouble spots.
How Can I Help?
• Help us continue our work by donating.
• Take action to help eradicate poverty and injustice across the world.