Afghanistan, has received a loom from Christian Aid partner RAADA to enable her to make an income from her skill at weaving traditional Afghan rugs. It takes her about 3 months to finish a carpet which she sells for about US$60. The carpets are made from wool from her own animals, and the extra income means she has more money for her family.
Give thanks for mothers and carers throughout the world who work hard to look after their families.
Visit christianaid.org.uk/motheringsunday for a thought-provoking Mothering Sunday church service plan, featuring more on Golbibi.
Golbibi Kohsani, has two children and lives in Afghanistan. A war in Afghanistan has left many people poor, especially women. Christian Aid, through a local organisation called RAADA, has given Golbibi a loom – a machine for making rugs and carpets. Golbibi uses wool from her sheep to make rugs, which she sells to make more money to help look after her family. Write a prayer on another sheet of paper to say thanks for women and carers all over the world who work so hard to care for children.
Mothers and carers... looking after their families... OK, you know what's coming next - my semantics check. 'Mother' may be definable, even if it is sometimes prefaced by words such as grand, step, foster, birth or adoptive but 'carer'... do we include midwives and community nurses? nursery nurses and teachers? baby-sitters and child-minders? siblings? cousins? leaders of clubs and organisations? where does 'family' end and 'community' or 'society' begin? Or is that, really, the point?
And care is not 'just' about infants and children... what of care for those who are unwell, or have disabilities, or who are elrderly or dying? Even those who have died? home helps and health care assitants? welfare rights advisers and counsellors? hospices and undertakers? Once yoyu begin to think, the list gets longer and longer...
Thank you God who can been known as family or community
And is more than either or both
For those whose care,
In the context of family
And lived within some expression of community
Has enriched my life
And which enriches the lives of others
It is too difficult to define
Those who have cared
For 'me and mine'
To any group
So, thank you God for
All who care
Female and male
Old and young
Chosen or enforced
Trained or untrained
Paid or unpaid
For agencies and societies
For structures and guidelines
For all who have cared
And will care
Today - one prayer
Total - £23.85, five prayers, one rant and one e-petition signed