Christ the King primary school in Llanishen, Cardiff showed us how they are digging deep this Lent to help support children in Sierra Leone.
Five of the pupils helped teacher Mrs Martin to plant bulbs in a variety of wacky objects to represent the message that we should all dig deep within ourselves this Lent. CAFOD’s Lent campaign this year looks at families in Sierra Leone where there is an ongoing project to farm the land from abandoned diamond mines which allow families to provide for themselves and for their communities.
CAFOD’s manager Kieran O’Brien said, “Lent is a time for all of us to dig deep into ourselves, our faith, our relationship with God and the people around us.
Pope Francis, in his Lenten message calls us all to ‘confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it’. This challenge helps us to ensure our Lenten fast also reaches out to help our poorest brothers and sisters.”
CAFOD is encouraging all schools and parishes across the archdiocese to follow the example of Christ the King primary school by supporting CAFOD this Lent. Just £5 will help sow the seed by buying a hoe to help a family farm their land. £10 will help grow the seed, buying two hand trowels to dig the soil. £20 will buy a wheelbarrow to carry crops whilst £350 will allow a whole community to have the tools, training and seeds to grow enough food.