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