About cafodmiddlesbrough

I am the Community Participation Coordinator for Middlesbrough diocese. My role is to recruit and support volunteers who promote our work in our diocesan parishes and schools.

Volunteers unite to fight hunger

Middlesbrough Catholics are hosting ‘family fast days’ to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition


Marian Magumise and family


Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Malnutrition kills almost three million children a year. Even for a child who survive malnutrition, their growth can be stunted, and it can cause irreversible damage to mental development.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

Paul Hururapwi

CAFOD helped our partners restore the Chiwashira dam and reservoir in Zimbabwe so that Paul Hururapwi and his community could benefit from safe drinking water.

Middlesbrough Catholics are hosting ‘family fast days’ to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign.


Simple soup lunches will be held in various locations across the town. Mrs Geraldine Butterfield from St Clare’s church, Brookfield, says “Every Friday throughout Lent we hold soup lunches and donate the proceeds to CAFOD. It’s our way of showing solidarity with people who go hungry in other parts of the world”.  

In an added boost, all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

The funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

Mavis LFD18

Mavis Ngwenya, 42, is a Lead Mother in Kariyangwe, Zimbabawe.


Marian Magumise from Zimbabwe told us how she struggled each day to find enough food to feed her son Tawanda. He grew up hungry. As he became thinner, she became more fearful. “I had to leave Tawanda in the morning to find work,” she told me. “I’d come back in the afternoon and I’d find him still sitting in the same place. He hadn’t played, or even walked. It was very painful to see him like that.”

Thank You and Goodbye – Jonathan Barber

Media intern Jonathan Barber shares his thoughts on a year working for CAFOD which comes to an end today…


Jonathan has finished his position as a media intern

I’ve really enjoyed my year with CAFOD which has gone by very quickly! I have learned a lot and have many people to thank for helping me along the way.

It’s been a privilege to share the work of CAFOD and I will continue to keep an eye out for all the fundraising that goes on.

I am moving on to do communications work for the NHS and I will take with me a great deal of skills and experience which I picked up at CAFOD.

Thank you to all the CAFOD staff and supporters who I have shared my time with. Without their help, it wouldn’t have been possible.


If you are interested in volunteering for CAFOD, visit our website.

From Harare to Hull!

CoLivison Chipatisome and meet our colleague from Zimbabwe. Livison Chipatiso is our Programme Officer from the CAFOD office in Harare. Livison will be speaking about our projects tackling hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe, ahead of Lent Family Fast Day and will be sharing his personal stories of the needs faced by families and the impact the projects are having on the whole community. He will be here for one day only, Tuesday 20th February. From 12 noon – 2:00pm he will be at St Anthony and Our Lady of Mercy Church on Beverley Road, Hull. Later he will be speaking at Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel, Cottingham Road, Hull at 7:30pm. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!