Lent 2018 feedback – how your donations are saving lives in Zimbabwe…

When we donate to an appeal – Lent, Harvest or an emergency – or make a regular gift – we all want to know and trust that our money will reach the people who need it most.

Here’s how your compassion and generous support for our Lent appeal in 2018 when you donated a fantastic £4.3 million, which was doubled by the UK government through matched funding, is working to save lives in Zimbabwe.

Fiona and her two children in Zimbabwe (above) will receive a vegetable garden.

Since last year’s Lenten appeal, our local nutrition experts have been working hard to reach the most vulnerable people – children, pregnant women, breastfeeding Mums and older members of the community – and ensure they’re getting a good meal.

So far we’ve reached a total of 4,293 people. And we’re on track to reach 239,000 people across Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Zambia by the end of 2021.

One year on from our 2018 appeal, we revisit some of the people you met last year in Zimbabwe.

A vegetable garden for the Mudzemeti family

When we met Fiona, she was worried about her youngest son Pardon, who was showing signs of malnutrition. But Fiona and her husband Peter have just received the good news that their village will be receiving a vegetable garden.

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Lent Fast Day is today!

Today – March 10 – is Lent Fast Day.

In this year’s Lenten appeal we are learning about Florence – a 41 year old widow with two children, living in Zambia.  Florence wanted to learn about fish farming and received training from CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.

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£500 raised at St Joseph’s Cathedral School in Swansea

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Education volunteers Sue and Sarah with some of the infant pupils

St Joseph’s Cathedral School in Swansea organised a day of fundraising fun for the whole school on Friday 3 March and the staff chipped in too!

A parent of one of the children was delighted to support the school’s initiatives and volunteered to help out too – by providing a wonderfully generous Fish and Chip lunch for the staff, which was delivered to the school by two brothers – Ouday and Emir Hiks, from the local chippy.

What a delicious treat and fantastic way to raise funds too!

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Sr Yvonne from Zambia

supporters-with-sr-yvonne-at-nazareth-house-cardiffOn Monday 13 February we welcomed Sr Yvonne to Wales.  She is from the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who is one of our overseas partners in Mbala in Zambia.

Sr Yvonne and her community are living out Pope Francis’ call to hear the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor.

She shared her story with supporters at Nazareth House on Monday 13 February.  Sr Yvonne has been working with a project called “Households in Distress” supporting some of the most vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change.

sr-yvonneSr Yvonne is also working with small-scale farmers, helping them to grow crops that are resistant to drought. Farmers who only maintain maize are much more susceptible to crop failure, especially as maize totally depends on the rains which are become increasingly erratic because of a changing climate.

Sr Yvonne shared the story of Florence, a widow with two children from Zambia (pictured below) who, with your help, has been able to turn tiny fish into a thriving business and a future for her family.

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She says:

“Each day of my life, I look at everything – creation, people – and I say, ‘Well this is what God has created and it is good.’

 

It is our duty as Christians to bring back that goodness because in this world and in our country – some of the injustices, the sufferings and a lot of negative things, unfortunately take away that goodness. So for me it’s all the time trying to bring that goodness.”

If you missed Sr Yvonne’s talk or webinar, all is not lost as there is a YouTube link here

Find all our Lent Fast day resources here

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Fairtrade Fortnight

fairtradeWales is a Fairtrade country.  Indeed was the first Fairtrade nation in the world! Now that’s something to shout about…

This year Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 27 February until Sunday 12 March.

The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all come from farmers around the world who toil, sweat and slog.

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CAFOD talks on Bolivia taking place near you!

 

Nicanora_MGL1666_brandedWe are rolling out a series of talks on our work in Bolivia during September, encouraging all parish volunteers and supporters to come along and to hear about how your support makes a difference, as well as some updates on how you can get involved this Harvest Fast Day.

CAFOD has been working in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, for more than twenty years. Join us for one of the talks near you:

Swansea on Saturday, 10 September from 10 am – 4 pm, book here.

Newport on Tuesday, 13 September from 2:30 – 5 pm, book here.

Hereford on Wednesday 14 September from 2:30 – 5 pm, book here.

Llanelli on Thursday, 15 September from 2:30 – 5 pm, book here.

Cardiff on Saturday 17 September from 10.30 – 1.30 pm, book here.

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Supporter day – Cardiff

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Caitlin outside the Cornerstone at St David’s, Cardiff

CAFOD were the first group to use the new venue The Cornerstone at St David’s in Cardiff town centre.

Supporters from across the diocese met up at the new venue space as a chance to hear about Lent 2013 resources, listen to speakers, engage in workshops and meet other supporters from across the Archdiocese of Cardiff. Continue reading

Supporter day – Swansea

Supporters at the Menevia Supporters day

Supporters at the Menevia Supporters day

CAFOD supporters from across the diocese of Menevia met up on 2nd February to talk about Lent 2013, as well as hear from our overseas speaker Sr Pauline Kimeu.

The meeting started off with a letter from Bishop Tom regarding the financial situation of the diocese of Menevia.  As a result the restructure of second collections had taken place which meant that there would be no second collections for CAFOD during Lent.

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