After a decades-long armed conflict, Colombia has the world’s second-highest number of people forced to flee their homes.
CAFOD partners provide practical support and help people who have lost their homes to speak up for their rights.
Peace negotiations between the Colombian Government and the formerly largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), have been taking place since October 2012. A bilateral ceasefire was announced on 23 June 2016 and in August a final agreement on the peace talks was announced, which was officially signed on 24 November 2016.
In February 2017, formal peace talks started between the guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian Government, who reached a temporary bi-lateral ceasefire agreement ahead of Pope Francis’ visit in September 2017.
The Catholic Church plays a key role in Colombia as an advocate for peace and human rights and in the resettlement of uprooted communities. CAFOD’s programme focuses on peace-building, protection of human rights defenders and communities, sustainable livelihoods, work on business and human rights, and gender based violence.
The Cheque Presentation
Christ The King Primary School, Thornaby, presented a cheque from their fund raising to CAFOD representatives Carol, Margaret and Obinna. The school have raised a huge amount of £1,388.40 The cheque presentation came after Carol spoke about how the money will be used in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea, using a power point presentation. She congratulated them on how brilliant they have been, what their kindness means to other people who are in need and where the funds they have raised will be going. Carol asked a question of the pupils, “if any one can tell why they did what they have done”. They came up with fantastic answers, mostly when one child said they are extending their kindness to help the people in need to have the same good life they are having. Obinna asked the Head of School, Mrs Lickess how they managed to generate such an amount for charity, and she replied that the amount was raised over the year through different means like coffee mornings with parents, cake stalls, and raffles, What wonderful pupils!
Christ The King School Building
At the end of the assembly, the CAFOD team thanked the school for their generosity and the Head of school, Ms Lickess expressed her gratitude and thanked the CAFOD team for visiting the school.
When Laura Storr from CAFOD’s communications team heard how new mum Unity from Zimbabwe was struggling to breastfeed – she knew only too well how difficult it could be. On International Women’s Day she shares her own breastfeeding story and explains how you can help more mums get the specialist support they need by donating this Lent. All donations will be matched […]
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