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.

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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.”

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!





Join us online and learn more about CAFOD’s work in Uganda!

Children in Uganda

Children at a water pump near their school. (CAFOD/David Mutua)

This  Lent Fast Day, Friday 19 February, from 1:30 – 2:30pm, you are invited to join a webinar  to hear how your support has made a difference in the lives of real people.

This Lent you will hear all about how you can ‘turn on the taps’ for communities in Uganda. In this webinar Catherine Ogolla, our country representative for Kenya and Uganda, and her team will share stories of communities in North East Uganda.             This Lent your donations with be matched by the UK government up to the value of £3.5 million so we can make double the difference!

Why join? Webinars with CAFOD are an amazing way to visit the countries we work in. You can hear from the people working on the ground who bring the projects you support to life. It’s not just about listening, you will also have the opportunity to ask our Uganda team questions and hear what other CAFOD supporters think too.

How does it work? Taking part in a webinar is easy. All you need to do to is click on the link below and register with your name and email. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to join the webinar. In order to listen you will need either speakers or headphones.

Register now>>

Questions? If you’d like to join, but you aren’t sure how, email Elly on eheans-glogowska@cafod.org.uk or call 0207 095 5332.