Christian Aid


We are a global movement of people, churches and local organisations. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.

Eradicating poverty

Everyone is equal in the sight of God. For over 75 years, this truth has inspired us to stand together in solidarity with our most marginalised global neighbours, of all faiths and none.

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive.

We see to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling it’s root causes. Together with people living in poverty, we amplify our voices to speak truth to power and create lasting change.

Our Aims

Everyone is equal in the sight of God. Yet we live in a world where poverty still persists.

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.

For over 75 years, we’ve been standing with the poorest of our neighbours. We work in 37 countries, with people of all faiths and none, to stand up for dignity, equality and justice.

Together we can create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Our voices and actions are stronger together. And with your help, we can make an even bigger difference.

Together with our supporters and partners, we aim:

  • to expose poverty throughout the world
  • to help in practical ways to end it
  • to highlight, challenge and change the structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised

We believe in life before death

  • We seek to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, who commanded his followers to love their neighbour and work for a better world
  • We stand with the most vulnerable and excluded people of the world – both in times of crisis and for the longer term. We give people survival essentials when they are without shelter or refuge, and help them find the strength and resources they need to flourish and protect themselves from shock and disasters
  • We support people to stand up for their rights and to build stable, secure lives they can enjoy living

We’re part of a global movement for change

  • Together, we have great influence and impact. We want people to pray with us, to act, to give and to get involved with us in a variety of ways
  • We work to educate and mobilise people from all kinds of backgrounds to build a movement that can change the course of history and bring social justice to all
  • We campaign to ensure a more equal division of power in the world, promoting the rights and voices of women and girls – and anyone discriminated against because of who they are
  • We push our political leaders to tackle climate change and tax dodging – which hit the poorest the hardest – and for our society to welcome those who have been forced to flee their homes overseas

Our History

With the help of our incredible supporters and partners, we’ve achieved so much in 75 years.

Our groundbreaking work began in 1945, when we were founded by British and Irish churches to help refugees following the Second World War.

For more than 75 years, we have provided humanitarian relief and long-term development support for poor communities worldwide, while highlighting suffering, tackling injustice and championing people’s rights.

1940s

We helped refugees in need at the end of the Second World War. We raised more than £8,000 (£3 million plus in today’s money) for emergency supplies in mainland Europe. We supported, equipped and enabled partner churches there to meet the needs of their people.

1950s

We launched Christian Aid Week to raise extra funds. We continued helping refugees in mainland Europe as well as those from Palestine, Korea and China. We supported the establishment of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) to enable young people to make a difference, and offered help to churches in countries moving from colonialism to independent to meet the needs of poor people.

1960s

We made a difference in crises affecting Nigeria/Biafra, Kenya and India. We created the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) so that development agencies were seen to work together in times of humanitarian crisis. We helped set the World Development Movement to encourage political campaigning. We addressed racism and poverty in the United States as we as advising Martin Luther King while he was in the UK.

1970s

We drew a link between educating supporters at home about the root causes of poverty and work with partners overseas to eradicate it. We popularised world development issues by providing seed money to establish the New Internationalist magazine. We explained the connection between our consumer culture at home and the global food crisis by launching a campaign to live simply.

1980s

We fed hungry people during the Ethiopian famine and those experiencing drought in Mozambique. We led a mass lobby of parliament to call for more official development aid. We created the Southern African Coalition demand an end to apartheied.

1990s

We linked work in 50 poor countries to campaigns on developing word debt, fair trade and the policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. We challenged the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. We stood up for and provided food for refugees in Kosovo.

2000s

We campaigned to make poverty history during a war against terror. We reached more than 500,000 people with food, shelter and healthcare after the Asian Tsunami. We publicised the fact that developing countries lose money through the tax evasion practices of large corporations than they receive through official aid.

2010s

We inform about and campaign against climate change. We champion tax justice. We continue to work with local partners on the ground to make a practical difference to the lives of new waves of refugees locally while campaigning and advocating for change globally.

All images Christian Aid, except 1990s: Christian Aid/Mike Goldwater and 2010s: Sahar Zafar

To find out more visit – https://www.christianaid.org.uk

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