Prayer, chat and learning with CAFOD

Online talks and presentations

While we can’t meet face to face at the moment we would love to see you online.

We hold regular online talks (webinars) so you can hear more about the great work you support, all from your own living room!

Listen to past online talks 

Register for our virtual children’s liturgy

Prayer and chat

Tuesday, 7 April 11 am-12 pm

Come together with us in prayer and reflection, followed by a virtual coffee morning.

Please have a candle ready to light when you join the prayer.

Note: This session will be held on Zoom, you do not need to register just click the link below at the start of the session

Pray with us

Stories from Cyclone Idai – What happened next?

Wednesday, 15 April 1-2 pm

Join CAFOD’s Tiago Coucelo to hear how, with your support, local workers are helping some of the remotest rural communities to rebuild their shattered lives.

Register to join us live, or listen later.

We hope to be able to offer you more opportunities like this to connect with the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world while we spend more time at home.

 

Our colleague, Sylvester, in the Birmingham diocese shares his personal experience of a recent trip to Zimbabwe

Map of ZimbabweMuch has been spoken and written about the country of my birth – the country I grew up in.

Childhood memories of Zimbabwe and its beauty remain some of my fondest. I remember the beautiful and majestic Victoria Falls; the incredible architecture and stonework of Great Zimbabwe; and the gorgeous golden sunsets along the Zambezi river.

I think of Jacaranda trees lining either side of the streets. In spring, their bloom created a beautiful purple carpet along the roads. It seemed to me that everyone had a friendly smile – there was a real sense of hope everywhere I went.

These are unforgettable memories.

Sadly, the Zimbabwe I witnessed during a recent three-week visit paints a different picture – a stark, if not bleak, contrast to my memories.

Zimbabwe once boasted an enviable subtropical climate, excellent rainfall seasons and fertile soil, but climate change and spiralling hyperinflation over the last three decades have altered the social and physical landscape of the country.  The once reliable and abundant rains – the backbone of the agricultural sector – have been replaced by long dry spells and extensive droughts. Seventy per cent of Zimbabwe’s population live in the rural areas. They are farmers that rely on agriculture to feed and support their families. Persistent droughts have resulted in little-to-no crop yields and the loss of livestock – the measure of a family’s wealth.

Family collecting water from a small hole in a dry river bed

Zimbabwe’s urban population were mostly unaffected by previous droughts. This too has changed, as daily average temperatures soar. In Harare, the main dam supplying water to all households is below capacity. As a result, running water is limited to just one day each week.

 

Moreover, because of the dire economic situation, Local Councils cannot afford to treat water sufficiently; therefore, the water that does manage to come through the household taps is unsafe to drink. In order to get safe drinking water, most urban families are forced to walk or drive for miles on end, with large containers, to form queues at busy boreholes.

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Cyclone Idai appeal – Diolch yn fawr iawn

CAFOD is a founding member of the DEC (The Disasters Emergency Committee).

The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis to provide and deliver aid.

 

The DEC responds to disasters in the world’s poorest countries,using a set of criteria to help it decide when to launch an appeal and how it can be most effective. 

The 14 member agencies are experts in humanitarian aid, delivering effective disaster response and swift humanitarian assistance to those that need it most. 

The decisions about how your donations are allocated to each member agency when a disaster strikes are taken in advance, based on each charity’s ability to deliver aid where it is needed.

The DEC makes certain that how it spends your money ensures that communities receive the urgent humanitarian aid required, as well as long term support to rebuild their lives after a disaster.

So we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you for your extremely generous support for the DEC Cyclone Idai appeal – in parishes and in schools.  It’s truly humbling.

As of 7 April the DEC and its member charities had raised over £29 million for people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai.

Thank you too to people in Wales who donated to DEC Cymru – raising over £850,000.

Sadly more than 1000 people have lost their lives and and almost 3 million people are affected.  And now Mozambique has confirmed 3,100 cases of cholera and six deaths. A huge vaccination programme is underway.

Listen to a live report from Gabriele Bertani CAFOD’s  country representative speaking from Maputo on the situation on the ground, our intervention and challenges affecting the lives of millions of people.

Just click on the link below to listen to the recording.

Direct webinar link to register is: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/986376677044844034

This will be a long-term aid effort to help families to start to rebuild their lives.

Please consider donating to CAFOD’s Cyclone Idai emergency appeal. 

Please continue to pray for all those affected by this disaster.

O Lord, be near to your people now,
as they face devastation and loss.
Stay close to those who are broken-hearted
and hold fast to those whose spirit is crushed.

Lead us and guide us for our hope rests in you.
Inspire us to reach out
and answer the cries of those in need.

So that those who mourn may be comforted,
those who are frightened find courage,
those who hunger and thirst may be satisfied
and those who are homeless find refuge.

O God, make haste,
hear the cry of your people,
help us, our shield, our strength and our rock.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.