Harmonia Ladies Choir sing out for CAFOD

Harmonia Ladies Choir at SS Leonard and MaryThe award winning Harmonia Ladies Choir which was formed in 2008 starred in a Summer Serenade at Ss. Leonard & Mary’s Church in Malton on Saturday 18th June and regaled the audience with a mixture of gospel, jazz, traditional spiritual, folk ballads and songs from the shows, under the expert guidance of Alison Davies, the Musical Director. The 50 strong group won three awards at the Eskdale Festival held in Whitby  earlier this year. The event had been organised for CAFOD’s Connect2 El Salvador project by a group from Ss. Leonard and Mary’s parish. During the interval refreshments were served to the 100 people attending the event and one of them sent this message of appreciation to Rev Timothy Bywater, the parish priest, “ What a super evening we had on Saturday at the CAFOD fund raising event.  The Choir were excellent and the Church was a perfect venue for the acoustics and community gathering.  What a warm welcome we had as visitors and we were taken aback by the srummy refreshments!  Please thank  those concerned for their efforts – what a really good evening we all had”!

CAFOD contact, Stephanie Winter said “Everybody worked so hard to make it a success and I feel it really heightened CAFOD’s profile as information leaflets on CAFOD’s work and the Connect2 project were given out. All the organiser’s were delighted with the outcome”!  The evening raised £943 for the parish’s Connect2 El Salvador project which they have supported since 2010. Well done to all concerned for your amazing efforts!


Scoring a Goal for Justice!


We are delighted to update you that the 237 São Paulo families facing eviction before the World Cup, linked to us through Connect2 Brazil http://www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Parish-fundraising/Connect2-sign-up/Connect2-Brazil, have won their campaign to make an abandoned hotel their permanent home and turn it into dignified flats! The city authorities have pushed through a purchase order to convert the abandoned hotel into social housing.

News of the victory was greeted with joy by the families. Community leader, Nete Araujo, was quick to thank the thousands of CAFOD supporters in England and Wales who stood by their campaign and to express hope that support for the community continues.

“ We want to see each of the families with a key to their homes in their hands… It is important that the support and solidarity of all of you continues. That you continue to help us as you have. Sometimes I have felt quite desperate, and then I stop and think I am not alone, and that is good. I want to thank all of you for this victory, for being together with us, for that connection with us, for this link and rope to transform itself into a big knot that never unties and continues for great victories.”

CAFOD has been active in Brazil since the 1960s. In São Paulo CAFOD’s partner the MDF has been working with residents from 40 favelas to improve the living conditions for thousands of families. Click on this link to find out about other ways CAFOD is supporting social fair play as Brazil celebrates the approach and action of the World Cup http://www.cafod.org.uk/News/UK-News/World-Cup-son

“Thank You” from the Children of Puentecitos

Children from the local school in Puentecitos

Children from the local school in Puentecitos

As part of the Connect 2 El Salvador programme, parishes and schools sent cards and small gifts to the children of Puentecitos in time for Christmas. We were delighted to get a reply from them to say “Thank You” and to let us know that we are in their prayers.

To students and children in schools in England:

Dear friends,

We are children and teenagers of the Children’s Missionary group in Guaymango, El Salvador. We want to tell you that we were really happy to receive the presents and cards you sent us. Here in El Salvador the Youth Missionary Movement works with children and teenagers in many parishes. In our group there are 12 of us and we meet every week to study a book with 52 topics which takes one year to work through. Our book is called “Missionary Heart”, and as we are on the third book, we are in the stage “ripe wheat”.

We want you to know that every week when we get together for our meetings we pray for all the children of the World. We study the chapter for that week, we sing and we bring something to share. In this way we are learning to love Jesus and our brothers and sisters. We especially want you to know that we are always praying for you.

With lots of love,

The children of Puentecitos.

If you’d like to know more about the Connect 2 programme, including the other areas covered, please see our website at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Fundraising-ideas/Connect2 or contact us at the office.