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Christmas Care 2019 brought much needed hope to children in Cameroon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Jordan.

More than 300 Christmas Care packs were distributed in Far North, North and Southwest regions of Cameroon. Eighty per cent of children who received the packs had been through the terrors of an attack by Boko Haram and 20% were orphaned as a result.

In Nigeria, over 725 children received Christmas Care packs. Our distribution partner specifically targeted orphaned or impoverished children and teens.

Many of the children were residents of a children’s crisis care home, while others were children of widows or those living in conflict areas.

Each child received a bag containing a Bible, as well as books, pens, pencils and a maths set for school.

Some of the funds also went to providing school fees for children, so they were able to start or return to school, and medical care for students at a local clinic.

Our distribution partner in Pakistan reports that Christmas Care pack distribution came at a good time for brick kiln workers in Lahore. Many were out of work as heavy smog in Lahore and surrounding areas meant that the government had ordered the brick kilns to shut down until further notice. As brick kiln workers are only paid for the number of bricks made in a day, they were not receiving an income.

The children received jumpers, dried fruit, biscuits, lollies, Christian story books, colouring pencils and colouring books. While their families also received a bag of flour, sugar, ghee/cooking oil, tea bags, noodles, rice, lentils and a Bible.

Families, especially the children, were overjoyed with receiving gifts and food for Christmas.

In Jordan, Christmas Care brought joy to children who escaped Iraq, with their families, due to persecution.

Our distribution partner reports that they were able to distribute more than 200 Christmas Care packs to Iraqi Christian refugee families in Jordan. Each pack contained a children’s Bible, school supplies and food items.

Our Christmas Care project will resume in October 2020, bringing joy to the most vulnerable victims of persecution.

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