CAFOD – Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

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Who we are and what we do.

We have global reach

We are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world. Because of our global reach and local presence, together we have the potential to reach everyone.

Our local experts help some of the most difficult-to-reach people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Whether it’s a single mother living in a remote area, a teenage boy living in a war zone, or a disabled father and daughter who are discriminated against, we help anyone regardless of faith, gender and ethnicity.

Through a local priest, a midwife or a water engineer – our global reach is present in the lived experience of local communities. These skilled women and men understand what people need because they are part of the communities they work in. Their commitment, passion and knowledge reach people other organisations can’t.

We have the potential to reach so many people because we are a member of a global Church network with a presence in 165 countries. The local Church is trusted even in the most dangerous countries, regions and communities regardless of religion. This means that your support will help those who are truly in need.

Find out where we work

We are Catholic

We are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. With your help, we reach out to people living in hard-to-reach places, in war zones and those who are discriminated against.

We believe that if one of us is hurt, hungry or abandoned, we all are hurt, hungry and abandoned. No one should be beyond the love and support they need to live a dignified life.

Find out about our values

We help people thrive

No one wants to live on handouts. That’s why our experts provide long-term aid to equip people with the skills, tools and opportunities to live with dignity, support their families and give back to their communities.

Find out how to support our work

We face tough challenges

Poverty. Conflict. Climate Change. Inequality. Right now there is a child going hungry, a grandmother who is thirsty and a family without a home.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Together with your support, and the expertise of our local aid workers, we reach out to those that are excluded and give them the help they need.

We are there in a crisis

We support teams of experts who can act fast, providing food, water and shelter for people who have lost everything. And we’re there in the months and years that follow too, listening and helping people rebuild their lives and prepare for whatever the future holds

Read our latest emergency updates 

Give regularly to our Emergency Response fund

We speak out for justice

When international bodies and governments make decisions that damage poor communities, we speak out.

Campaigning works – it can take years of effort or be as simple as signing a petition. Increased aid for water and sanitation, action on climate change, protection for human rights defenders, and a clamp down on corruption have all come as a result of taking action together.

Campaign with us

We reach out to young people

Each year, tens of thousands of young people discover our work at school or in groups – from volunteers, teachers and classmates.

We reach out to young people to be the change they want to see in their communities and worldwide.

Search our education resources

Search our prayer resources

We are trusted

The Fundraising Regulator

The Fundraising Regulator sets and maintains the standards for charitable fundraising in the UK.

The amount of money we receive and exactly how we spend it changes each year. But one thing stays the same – our commitment to spending it wisely.

CAFOD is committed to good fundraising practice and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. Our supporter promise outlines what we do to earn your trust and support.

Read our latest annual reports to find out what CAFOD does with your money.

We are inspired by ordinary people

Elspeth Orchard is just one of the extraordinary Catholic women who helped organise the first Fast Day in 1960 that raised over £6,000. Two years later, CAFOD was born.

“We were just doing what we ought to do, remembering that we are all God’s children.”

Elspeth Orchard

We are extraordinary together

When we unite and make a stand for what we believe in, we can achieve remarkable things.

With your support, our experts can reach to the ends of the earth. Experts like Ligia Brigones, who supports women in Nicaragua to stand up for their rights.

“When you’re alone, you’re afraid, but we are stronger together. We know what the problem is. We help each other.”

Ligia Brigones

How to get involved

Join us today and help us to ensure no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need.

Give today to help us reach people who are still in need of help.

Act by making your voice heard through our campaigns 

Pray for our brothers and sisters living in poverty

Get in touch through your local office or southwales@cafod.org.uk

Please follow CAFOD South Wales on Facebook and Twitter for local news and updates.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launches Afghanistan Crisis Appeal with a million children at risk of dying this winter 

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Today the Disasters Emergency Committee launches a joint fundraising appeal as a catastrophic rise in severe hunger sweeps Afghanistan, with eight million at risk of starvation over the harsh winter months. Children are already dying, and a million more are at risk. 

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Afghanistan Crisis Appeal will raise funds for member charities to urgently respond as conflict and economic collapse, coupled with the worst drought in 27 years and the Covid-19 pandemic, have brought Afghanistan to a tipping point.   

DEC member charities in Wales, including Christian Aid, the British Red Cross, Save the Children, Tearfund and CAFOD, say that urgent action to scale up operations is needed to prevent many lives being lost as more than 22 million people – 55% of the population – don’t have enough to eat.  

More than eight million people are on the brink of famine, with a million children under the age of five at risk of dying over the next three months. Acting quickly is essential before the freezing winter sets in, with temperatures falling as low as -12 degrees centigrade. 

Three million children under five are expected to suffer acute malnutrition over the winter as families are unable to grow or pay for food. DEC charities are reporting hospitals already struggling to treat shockingly malnourished mothers and children due to a lack of medicines and supplies.  

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has urged the people of Wales to join the appeal in a video message.

He said: “In Afghanistan, people are facing a hunger crisis this winter. Millions are on the brink of famine. As well as the danger of coronavirus and the recent conflict, families have faced the worst drought in 27 years. Economic collapse also means food prices have shot up and more than eight million people are severely short of food.

“The Disasters Emergency Committee in Wales is urgently appealing for our help. Our support will help provide food and emergency nutrition for children, support hospitals and provide supplies for those who have been forced from their homes.

“We all know the generosity over the past year – now it’s time to share that generosity to those in desperate need. Please give what you can.”

Mari McNeill, Chair of DEC Cymru added: “The situation in Afghanistan is now beyond horrific. A million children are at risk of dying this winter. We can’t just sit back and let that happen. We must act fast to reach them with the food they so badly need. 

“Our members are on the ground and already helping but we urgently need to scale this work up to reach many more in need. People are starving – eight million are on the brink of famine. 

“We’re urging people to donate to help families feed their children, protect themselves against freezing temperatures and to provide vital medical supplies to deal with malnutrition, hypothermia and acute respiratory infections, otherwise many young children will simply not survive the coming months. Thanks to the UK Government, donations from the public will be doubled up to £10 million.” 

The BBC, ITV, S4C, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky will be broadcasting appeals today Wednesday (15 December) following the news in support of DEC fundraising. 

The appeal will fund DEC charities and their local partners to provide emergency food and nutrition support for children, support healthcare facilities, provide winter kits to help displaced families stay warm, supply clean drinking water and protect women and girls.  

  • £10 could provide treatment to a child suffering from malnutrition for three weeks   
  • £20 could feed a family for a week   
  • £25 could provide blankets for 5 people for the winter months   
  • £100 could provide emergency food to a family for three months   

Donations from the public will be matched pound-for-pound by the UK Government up to a total of £10 million through its UK Aid Match scheme. This support will double the impact of the public’s own donations and will ensure that charities working on the ground can reach more people in need. 

You can donate on the CAFOD website and please pray for the people of Afghanistan.

  

ST MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL IN HEREFORD RAISES OVER £1500 GOING GREEN FOR CAFOD

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This year CAFOD launched their GO GREEN campaign in the lead up to the COP26 climate change talks.

The campaign supports communities protecting the Amazon rainforest and to stand up for people dealing with the climate crisis.

We have chosen to support CAFOD as a way for our pupils to put their faith into action. By raising money for Go Green, we will be supporting our brothers and sisters around the world, inspiring our pupils to become active global citizens and living out our school mission., we will be supporting our brothers and sisters around the world, inspiring our pupils to become active global citizens and living out our school mission.

St Mary’s celebrated our #Go Green Day on October 8th, painting the school (figuratively) green, with everyone dressing from head to toe in green. Outfits included Year 9 students with bright green hair streaks, Mr Pickford in a neon green wig, and Mrs Richards in full dinosaur costume!

We saw students from across the year groups hosting a pop-up fete with games and prizes, a cakes and bakes sale, as well as a lunchtime disco. Other students hosted raffles for gift hampers, a guess the name of the bear contest, Mario Kart Wii and Pokémon card tournaments. The highlight of our fundraising efforts was the inter-house tug of war for all year groups – a huge thank you to Mr Anderson and the PE department!

Fundraising even continued throughout our Open Evening event for prospective parents, as students tirelessly engaged in conversations about the importance of supporting the campaign and receiving generous donations from parents and visitors!

To date, we have raised a staggering £1,557 with donations still being collected!  This is a testament to the outstanding commitment and hard work of our amazing pupils, and their tireless efforts are to be commended.

Donations can still be made via the CAFOD website – please follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/donations/one-off?_Appeal=3530

Huge thanks to all the staff and pupils at St Mary’s, Lugwardine (especially Miss Leslie and Mrs Surman) for your incredible support and for remembering the work of CAFOD around the world in your prayers.

Haiti earthquake: How CAFOD is responding and how you can help

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A devastating magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday 14 August at around 8.30am local time. As the search continues through the rubble, the current death toll is more than 1,200 people and up to 6,000 people are injured.

Buildings have collapsed including an estimated 10,000 homes, churches, schools and hospitals. The southern peninsula is a remote area of the island, and fears are now growing that tropical storm Grace will add further to the urgent humanitarian needs of vulnerable people.

Many churches have also been damaged by the earthquake. In Les Cayes, the residence of Cardinal Chibly Langlois, bishop of the diocese and president of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference, was damaged, and the Cardinal was injured. A priest staying in the bishop’s residence was killed.

Saturday’s earthquake was stronger than the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in 2010, that killed more than 200,000 people.

What is the current situation in Haiti?

The Haitian government has declared a state of emergency for a month. The earthquake could not have come at a worst time for Haiti, which is still recovering from hurricane Matthew after it struck the country in 2016.

Colliding with this dire humanitarian situation is political instability after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on 7 July and the coronavirus pandemic, which is greatly worsening the already fragile humanitarian situation. More than 4.4 million people are in need of basic aid – food, water, shelter, for their daily survival.

Your generosity means that CAFOD has already pledged £50,000 to local Church partners on the frontline of the humanitarian response. Your support will allow them to scale up their response and reach more people with urgently needed food, clean water, tents, tarpaulins, blankets and hygiene kits.

How are CAFOD and local experts responding to the earthquake?

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CAFOD volunteers month 2021 – a fantastic selection of events to join online!

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We are celebrating CAFOD Volunteers’ Month from 1st of June to the 1st of July.

And we have a varied and hopefully really interesting series of events organised that you can join in from your laptop, tablet or phone and please feel free to invite family, friends and fellow parishioners to come along too.

Thursday 3rd June, 7pm-8pm: Mini workshop- Great photo’s

Capture your volunteering stories and events. Learn how to take great photo’s to show the amazing volunteer activities you do, from bake sales, to walking for water and everything in between!

Also watch on catch up on Friday 4th June 12pm-1pm

Tuesday 8th June, 7pm-8pm: Fairtrade and climate change- how is it linked?

Coffee, cocoa, bananas and many other products we rely on come from small farms in countries already badly affected by climate change. Join Adam Gardner, Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation as he shares the link between climate change and the products we buy and how Fairtrade aims to create better prices, decent working conditions and local sustainability.

Also  watch on catch up on Thursday 10th June 12pm-1pm.

Wednesday 10th June, 10.30am-12pm CAFOD Staff and Volunteers Briefing:

Join in a celebration of our volunteers achievements, find out what presenting is at the Children’s Liturgy is like from our volunteers.

Sunday 13th June Climate Sunday Mass with Bishop John Arnold

Livestreamed from Salford Cathedral.

Thursday 17th June, 1pm-2pm: Crisis, Conflict and Climate Change in Ethiopia

Join our representative in Ethiopia for the latest insights on the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Tigray and the impact of climate change on communities we work with in Ethiopia.

Wednesday 23rd June, 7pm-8pm: Volunteers Round Table

You are invited to a special event with other volunteers to share your volunteering experience during the past year.

Thursday 1st July from 6.30-7.30pm: Volunteer Forum

Join us to hear from CAFOD Director Christine Allen and Head of Advocacy, Communication and Education Neil Thorns about CAFOD’s challenges, joys and achievements of the past year and about our hopes for the future.

Thursday 1st July 7.30pm -8.30pm, Volunteers Mass

Join us for a special Volunteer’s Mass celebrated by Fr Mark Odion, to give thanks for our wonderful volunteers who have given so much to support our sisters and brothers around the world.

Register for any of the events in the series here:

(for The Climate Sunday Mass, check the Salford Cathedral website for details).

Our planet is facing a triple crisis: the pandemic, climate and poverty.  As Catholics, we are called to see, to listen and to respond.

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The pandemic has pushed more people into poverty and increased inequality, the climate crisis is getting worse and the nature and biodiversity of our world is being destroyed.

How we recover and rebuild our world after the pandemic is vital in addressing the climate crisis, increased poverty and inequality and ensuring everyone is safe from Coronavirus.

This year the UK government hosts two international summits, the G7 and COP26 climate talks, which will be vital in shaping the right response of the international community

Our neighbours, our brothers and sisters in the world’s poorest places are facing one of the greatest challenges.

The pandemic has been a health crisis but also reversed much of the progress of tackling poverty.

Meanwhile the climate crisis has not gone away and continues to impact on how people make a living.

So the planet is facing a triple crisis: the pandemic, climate and poverty.  It threatens the survival of millions of people in our world.

These three emergencies don’t exist in isolation.  If global emissions cause temperature rises of more than 1.5 degrees and crippling debt payments mean the world’s poorest communities are unable to rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic, millions more will struggle to survive.

How can our Catholic community help to solve these problems?

Well, by taking action.

2021 is a crucial year for achieving change. As hosts of two historic, international meetings – the G7 in Cornwall in June and the UN climate talks (COP26) in Glasgow in November, the eyes of the world will be on the UK to show global leadership in tackling the world’s major challenges.

Politicians must approach these talks in the interests of the common good rather than their own narrow, short-term national interests and put the planet and its people at the heart of the decisions they make.

But they will only do this if it’s what we all want of them.

This is where our Catholic community can make a difference.  We know that throughout history, change only happens when enough people come together and demand it of their leaders.  We need to come together as the Catholic community in this country (5 million of us) to let our leaders know that this is what we want.

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What is the current situation in Afghanistan?

The humanitarian situation has deteriorated since mid-August when the Taliban took over the capital Kabul and took control of Afghanistan.

Afghan families are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance: food, water and shelter. 

Over half the country’s population – around 22.8 million people – are facing acute hunger this winter, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. More than eight million people are on the brink of famine, with a million children under the age of five at risk of dying over the next three months. 

The situation in Afghanistan is highly complex with decades of conflict that have taken a terrible toll on Afghan people, resulting in deaths, injuries and pushing families further into poverty. Drought and coronavirus have added even greater problems for vulnerable families struggling with hunger and healthcare.

Most of the population live in rural areas and depend on farming to feed their families, but the country also suffers from natural disasters such as earthquakes and landslides. 

Afghanistan is a highly patriarchal society which means that women often face discrimination.

Pray for the people of Afghanistan

What is the DEC? 

CAFOD has joined forces with the DEC to provide help to people in Afghanistan.

DEC stands for Disasters Emergency Committee. It is a membership of 15 charities which work to provide aid to communities overseas when a crisis hits and CAFOD is one of these members. By working together and with broadcasters, we can raise awareness of disasters that put people’s lives at risk and quickly raise significant funds to help those in need.

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Will this DEC appeal solve the hunger crisis?

On its own, the appeal will not solve the hunger crisis in Afghanistan, but it can help us relieve the extreme suffering of many more people who are in desperate need.

We fully intend to continue working with our local partners in the long term. They are working with communities to help them improve the productivity of their farming and generate greater household income which will contribute to finding longer term solutions to the crisis.

How are CAFOD and local experts responding to the situation?

The work of our local partners has now resumed, and they are preparing to provide food packages and cash assistance to vulnerable families.

We will be supporting Afghans who have urgent humanitarian needs over the coming months – both within Afghanistan and in neighbouring countries – whilst also continuing to provide longer-term support.

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We work with trusted partners who are close to the communities they serve and are therefore able to ensure your donation securely reaches those who need it most.

CAFOD started working in Afghanistan in the late 1980s and a core part of our work has been to support Afghan organisations committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people, supporting them to earn a living.

Our local humanitarian experts are continuing to do rapid assessments ensuring that the most vulnerable families are reached. They have already started providing short-term cash assistance to more than 8,000 small-scale farming families – approximately 56,000 people – in over 50 of the most drought-affected villages in the country to allow them to buy basic food for their families and plant their crops for next season. 

Donations to CAFOD’s Afghanistan Appeal are enabling them to expand to support even more vulnerable families

What has the Catholic Church said about the situation in Afghanistan?

Pope Francis has expressed his “unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan”. He called for prayers “so that the clamour of weapons may cease, and solutions may be found at the negotiating table”.

The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has called on the UK government to allow more refugees to come to the UK in light of the situation in Afghanistan.

Ask your MP to support refugees fleeing Afghanistan

In a joint letter to the Guardian newspaper on 26 August, Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, urged the British government “to go further in helping at-risk Afghans, human rights defenders and women activists, and create safe passages so that people can find sanctuary without resorting to dangerous journeys.”

Please continue to keep the people of Afghanistan in your thoughts and prayers.

How can you help people when there is such poor access to banks?

Many commercial banks have started limited opening, but the situation is still difficult. We are taking careful steps to ensure that our funds reach our partners that are best able to reach the people in greatest need.

Any money transferred to the partners we work with will be done so securely and safely. CAFOD has a robust due diligence, monitoring and verifying process to ensure that donations reach their intended purpose.

How can CAFOD be sure that aid will get to where it is needed most?

Vital work by our partners has started to resume in some areas inside Afghanistan. But in a changing and uncertain situation, we are doing everything possible to ensure the wellbeing of local partners and the communities they serve.

Catholic sister agencies are already providing humanitarian aid to affected families in some of the most remote areas of Afghanistan and we are also working with them.

Are you able to reach the most vulnerable women and children?

CAFOD’s Afghanistan Crisis Appeal will ensure that the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan will be assisted based on a thorough needs assessment. On top of the priority list will be older women, women headed households, people with disabilities, pregnant and breastfeeding women.  Women are always disproportionately affected in humanitarian situations and in Afghanistan women have again been disproportionately affected by escalating conflict, Covid-19, floods and droughts, and the resulting poverty.

The impact of a Taliban-governed Afghanistan on women’s ability to go to work with guarantees of safety are still unclear. We will only support programmes that ensure women have full access; we are keen to ensure our local partners’ female staff are able to continue their work.

How can I help?

Donate to our DEC Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

Email your MP

Pray with us

You can scan this QR code to donate directly to the appeal.

Act now to help families in Afghanistan

More than 8 million people in Afghanistan are on the brink of famine as drought, conflict and the Covid-19 pandemic cause a catastrophic rise in hunger. Children are dying today, and a million more under the age of five are at risk of dying over the next three months. We need to act now to save lives.

Please watch this powerful short appeal film.

Years of conflict, poverty and the disruption caused by the pandemic were already taking their toll on the people of Afghanistan. The recent conflict and change of government, coupled with the worst drought in 27 years, have tipped the country over the edge. Economic collapse has sent food prices soaring.

If we don’t act now, many lives could be lost as more than 22 million people go hungry as the freezing winter sets in, with children amongst those most vulnerable. DEC charities are already on the ground, scaling up their operations and are able to reach the people most in need.

Member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

Your support will help DEC charities and their local partners to provide emergency food and nutrition support for children, support healthcare facilities and provide winter kits to help displaced families stay warm. Other priorities include supplying clean drinking water and protecting women and girls.

Member agencies of DEC Cymru launching the appeal at the Senedd with Wali Mohammad, an Afghan refugee who came to Cardiff in 2014

The UK Government will match pound-for-pound the first £10 million donated by the public to this appeal, making donations go even further and helping DEC charities reach more people in need.

People need help now. Please support the appeal here.

Most urgent needs

· Providing food support by providing emergency rations or cash to buy food

· Nutrition support for young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women

· Supporting healthcare facilities dealing with cases of malnutrition

· Providing winter kits to help displaced families stay warm

· Supplying clean drinking water and sanitation to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases

· Protecting women and girls

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£10 could provide treatment to a child suffering from malnutrition for three weeks

£20 could feed a family for a week

£25 could provide blankets for 5 people [to keep them warm] for the winter months

£50 could provide emergency food to a family [who have lost their home] for 45 days

or

£100 could provide emergency food to a family [who have lost their home] for three months

Here is the original DEC appeal launch film that was used yesterday.

Donate here to help save lives this winter.

The Afghanistan Crisis – join our webinar update

Join us online on Wednesday evening to hear the latest news about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

As winter approaches, millions of people face hunger and extreme poverty.

We will be hear from Janet Symes, CAFOD’s Head of Region for Asia and the Middle East, on how we are responding to the urgent humanitarian needs in Afghanistan.

We will come together to keep the people of Afghanistan in our prayers.

Today is Human Rights Day


To mark Human Rights Day today, Friday 10 December, we are hosting an event from 6.30-8.30pm (sign up here) with some human rights defenders speaking from Peru, Brazil and Colombia who are coming under attack and facing growing threats for protecting our common home.

You will hear their inspiring life stories and struggles first-hand and find out what concrete actions we can take from here in the UK to stand in solidarity with them.  

Human rights defenders in Latin America help to keep governments and businesses in check, put people ahead of profits, and protect our planet. Yet, in return for their work, they face criminalisation, harassment and violence.
Our recent report, Protecting our common home: land and human rights defenders in Latin America, found that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated deep inequalities and led to increased attacks on human rights defenders and their communities. Let’s stand in solidarity with them!

Confirmed speakers include:
From Peru
 Ivett Ariana Kana Magaño, is an environmental defender from the Huisa community in Espinar, part of the National Platform of People Affected by heavy metals. Her community has been denouncing the impacts of environmental pollution generated by mining in their territory, including on human health, and that so far has not been addressed by either the Peruvian state or the mining company.
Karem Luque, is an environmental and human health specialist at CAFOD’s partner DHSF. Karem will talk about the social, health and environmental impacts of mining, the criminalisation of social leaders protesting contamination and the struggle to access healthcare for those affected by heavy metals in Espinar, Cusco.  

From Brazil
Maurício Ye’kuana is a Brazilian indigenous leader, activist, and a Director of CAFOD’s partner, Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY). Mauricio is from Yanomami Indigenous Territory, where he supports his people to defend their rights and protect the Amazon rainforest despite huge threats from illegal gold mining.

From Colombia
Robinson Mejía Alonso, defender of human rights and territory, Forestry Engineer. Member of the Environmental and Farming Committee of Cajamarca and Anaime and the Socio-Environmental and Youth Collective of Cajamarca (COSAJUCA)”.

At this event we will launch an online action aimed at securing new legislation to do with preventing human rights and environmental abuses by businesses. This action will also be promoted to everyone in January. Rest assured work on this issue is ongoing at a policy level.

Executive summary of the report

CAFOD CAROL SERVICE – UPDATE

Thursday, 16 December 7:00pm-8:00pm

Join us online for a wonderful CAFOD Carol Service brought to you by St John Rigby College and surrounding schools. St John Rigby College have been producing a CAFOD Carol Service for more than 30 years and it truly is a wonderful evening.

Fr Philip Kehoe, Parish Priest of St Teresa’s, Upholland, will welcome us all and we will also hear Tom Delamere, CAFOD’s Deputy Country Representative for South Sudan

Huriya’s name means “freedom” or “independence” Photo credit: Achuoth Deng

We hope you enjoy listening to the amazing talent of the children and young people.

Register to join us

With COVID cases rising, we have made the hard decision to go virtual with the Carol Service again this year. I promise that nothing will be lost and we will have a splendour of festive music and a special message one of our CAFOD partners: Tom Delamere. Tom is a representative of CAFOD in South Sudan.

St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College, St Peter’s Catholic High School, St Teresa’s Primary School and St John Rigby College are joining forces to help start your festive season. We will also be joined with singing from the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary in Zambia.

Please join us by registering here.

We have also launched our JustGiving page for this year’s CAFOD Carol Service

This year’s song theme is ‘A Simple Gift’ and we would love to see you there to share this gift with you.

About South Sudan: 9 July 2021 marked the 10-year anniversary of South Sudan, the newest country in the world. The people of South Sudan have faced decades of conflict, hunger and now Covid-19 as a challenge – CAFOD and Trócaire stand in solidary with the people, our partners and the Church in South Sudan, in hope of a brighter future.

Advent resources for young people, schools, families: Advent calendar, liturgies, assemblies, reconciliation service.

Click to watch short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQZCUlOjN-0&t=15s

Each year we provide a new Advent calendar, with daily scripture, prayer, story and action.

The slide above is from today’s reflection in the Advent calendar for young people. It’s ideal for daily class prayers in tutor time.

There is also an Advent liturgy for secondary schools – do take a moment to explore it: link to the powerpoint.

There is also a suggested Reconciliation service for young people in schools. Do let us know if you find these resources useful.

Don’t forget you can watch our Advent assembly for Secondary schools here on YouTube or download from Vimeo.

Primary school? Here’s our national Advent assembly for Primary schools and you can download a promise template for sharing how you will try to be a light in the world this Christmas. Tag @CAFODSchools on twitter to share your promises! (and @CAFODSouthWales) if you have space.

Upcoming webinars and prayer events this week.

What is the Synod? Human Rights Defenders event. Advent reflection on Laudato Si’

What is this Synod?

Tuesday, 7 December 7:00pm-8:00pm

Come along to an interactive panel discussion about the Synodal Pathway in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, as we respond to Pope Francis’ call and start to listen, reflect and discern where the Holy Spirit might be moving us.

Find out how you can get involved in your parish and diocese.

With Synod experts Fr Jan Nowotnik from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Dr Pat Jones from Durham University and Francis Stewart from CAFOD.  Register to join us

CAFOD 2021 Human Rights Day event

Friday, 10 December 6:30pm-7:30pm

Join us to learn about and celebrate the work of human rights defenders who are coming under attack and facing growing threats for protecting our common home. You will hear their inspiring life stories and struggles first-hand and find out what concrete actions we can take from here in the UK to stand in solidarity with them. 

‘Be still and know that I am God’

Thursday 9th December at 10.30 am or Thursday 16th November at 7.30 pm

Please join us this Advent in a prayer time contemplating the theme of Laudato Si: the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor. (with another Laudato Si’ animator). Some silent meditation time is included.

In preparation for the reflection, perhaps you may like to set up a simple prayer focus: possibly a candle, a cloth and something from the natural world.

Join us on Thursday 9th December at 10.30-11.15 am on Zoom

or

Thursday 16th December at 7.30-8.15 pm on Zoom

Any problems, please contact me on email or mobile: 07823 445112.

Afghanistan crisis: How CAFOD is responding and how you can help


We are doing everything possible to ensure the immediate wellbeing of vulnerable communities and the local experts we work with.

People trying to leave Afghanistan

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled their homes, compounding an existing crisis following periods of drought and decades of conflict. As winter approaches, millions of people face hunger and extreme poverty.

Donate to the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

What is the current situation in Afghanistan?
The humanitarian situation has deteriorated since mid-August when the Taliban took over the capital Kabul and took control of Afghanistan.

Afghan families are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance: food, water and shelter.

More than half the country’s population – around 22.8 million people – are facing acute hunger this winter, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.

The situation in Afghanistan is highly complex with decades of conflict that have taken a terrible toll on Afghan people, resulting in deaths, injuries and pushing families further into poverty. Drought and coronavirus have added even greater problems for vulnerable families struggling with hunger and healthcare.

Pray for the people of Afghanistan

How are CAFOD and local experts responding to the situation?
The work of our local partners has now resumed, and they are preparing to provide food packages and cash assistance to vulnerable families.

4,000 displaced Afghan families will be supported to access clean drinking water (through the provision and installation of 200 water tanks) and will be provided with hygiene kits.

We will be supporting Afghans who have urgent humanitarian needs over the coming months – both within Afghanistan and in neighbouring countries – whilst also continuing to provide longer-term support.

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We work with trusted partners who are close to the communities they serve and are therefore able to ensure your donation securely reaches those who need it most.

CAFOD started working in Afghanistan in the late 1980s and a core part of our work has been to support Afghan organisations committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people, supporting them to earn a living.

What has the Catholic Church said about the situation in Afghanistan?
Pope Francis has expressed his “unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan”. He called for prayers “so that the clamour of weapons may cease, and solutions may be found at the negotiating table”.

The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has called on the UK government to allow more refugees to come to the UK in light of the situation in Afghanistan.

Ask your MP to support refugees fleeing Afghanistan by signing this petition.

In a joint letter to the Guardian newspaper on 26 August, Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, urged the British government “to go further in helping at-risk Afghans, human rights defenders and women activists, and create safe passages so that people can find sanctuary without resorting to dangerous journeys.”

Please continue to keep the people of Afghanistan in your thoughts and prayers.