The Queen gives SEK 100,000 to Christer Åkesson, the Church of Sweden's Director of Development Aid. Photo: Magnus Aronson/the Church of Sweden
A year ago, The Queen's Prayer Book was presented at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm. The Queen requested that SEK 10 from the sale of each book sold should be donated to support vulnerable children as part of the Church of Sweden's international work.
Yesterday, during the service on the first Sunday in Advent, The Queen was able to make a symbolic donation of SEK 100,000 to Christer Åkesson, the Church of Sweden's Director of Development Aid. This money will be divided between two projects: a school for the deaf in Ethiopia, and a project to help children and young people in the slums of Brazil. Christer Åkesson accepted the task of forwarding the money with great gratitude, and spoke briefly about the two projects which will now receive SEK 50,000 each. "In Ethiopia, being deaf is a major handicap because almost no-one knows sign language. The Nakamte School for the Deaf is giving 300 pupils the opportunity to learn to communicate and to get a vocational education. "In Recife in Brazil, many families live in great poverty and dangerous environments. They struggle every day to live with dignity. Here, we can offer young people an alternative to drugs and crime, and help to give them meaningful leisure activities through groups for dance, theatre, music or football." During 2009, 10,000 copies of Queen Silvia's Prayer Book were sold. The book contains prayers for everyday use and special occasions, for times of happiness and times of sadness. Many of the prayers are well known, while others were newly written.