Posted: 05 March 2014

Be BenevoLent this Lent

[Note: Following Lent, we removed our BenevoLent app from our website. We plan to republish the app next year.]

Our new Lent calculator app, BenevoLent, launched today. It's a great tool that will allow you to figure out how much money you’re saving by giving something up for Lent - and how much of a difference it could make to vulnerable children.

If you're not familiar with Lent, it's the period of 40 days when Christians traditionally prepare for Easter by giving up a luxury, spend more time in prayer and do something to help others. The idea behind giving up something is to remember Jesus fasting and praying in the desert before beginning his ministry.

As difficult as giving something up can be, of course it’s a luxury to be able to do so. Many families in poverty have to give things up every day. Our recent report Behind Cold Doors showed that nearly three million families are likely to cut back on food and other necessities this winter so they can pay their energy bills.

Our BenevoLent app helps vulnerable children

So this Lent, don't just give up chocolate and hope you lose a few pounds - make it meaningful! Why not donate the money you save to make a difference to vulnerable children?

Whether you’re giving up coffee, chocolate or something else - I'm giving up alcohol - use our Lent calculator to figure out how much you could save. 

Our other Lent resources

We’ve got lots of resources to inspire you this Lent. Watch out for our weekly blogs on what poverty means for children and young people, and check out our flexible resources for reflection, prayer and conversation.

From our work and research, we know that child poverty means more than money. It affects everything, from the choices young people can make to the relationships they have and the hopes they hold for the future. So each week we’ll look at a different aspect of poverty, from poverty of choice to poverty of resources.

Use our resources to inspire and motivate you this season.

Join in

By Sophie Brightwell - Church team

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