Lent Fast Day is coming…did you know?

Uganda Lent 16 Caritas photo650 million people, or 1:10 people do not have access to safe water.

2.3 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation that is 1:3 of the world’s population

315,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that’s over 900 children per day

Think about that for a moment….. Nine hundred children die every day

Half of the people admitted to hospital in developing countries, where they exist, are suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene

Women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their heads weighing 20Kgs. Women and girls suffer the most. They are forced to walk long distances to collect dirty water, wasting their time and energy. This means they miss out on an education, lack the opportunity to make a living, and have little chance to change things. They are also more likely to get sick with water-related diseases

Lack of water, sanitation and hygiene costs African countries more in lost GDP than the entire continent gets in aid.

Find out more about CAFOD’s Lent Appeal


Something for the weekend? Nationally

Climate marchAs world leaders meet for global climate talks, people across the world will be gathering in their tens of thousands to march for climate action.

Join CAFOD and other Climate Coalition members at the London People’s Climate March for a fun, family-friendly day, standing in solidarity with the communities most affected by a changing climate.

Together, we are more powerful than our political leaders could possibly imagine. All over the world, people are already putting into practice real solutions. Whatever happens, we can, and we will, build the future from here. A fairer and better world for us all.

Register now to let us know you’re coming

Before the march begins, there will be an inter-faith event at Westminster Synagogue, Kent house, Knightsbridge, SW7 1BX. We will meet at 11.45am for tea and coffee and the service will begin at midday. We will aim to walk and join the rally as it sets off at 12.45pm.

If you can’t make it to the interfaith event, then find CAFOD at block B – this map show the route of the march. We’ll be there from 12 midday – with banners and smiley friendly people to give you placards.The march will set off from 12.45, beginning at Park Lane and finishing with a closing rally outside Parliament at around 4pm.




Celebrate Romero’s beatification with CAFOD


CAFOD staff, supporters and partners are preparing to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on Saturday 23 May. The beatification this Saturday will provide recognition for one of the great heroes of the 20th Century.

CAFOD Director Chris Bain said: “Archbishop Romero’s words and actions are at the heart of everything that CAFOD does, and we are delighted about his beatification. He was an extremely brave man, who was inspired by his faith to fight not just poverty but injustice, to give a voice to the voiceless.

“He may not be a household name for non-Catholics in the UK, but he was one of one of great heroes of the 20th Century. He deserves to be commemorated alongside the likes of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi as a peacemaker who sacrificed his life standing up to injustice. I hope that his beatification will give him the wider recognition he so richly deserves.”

Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 until he was assassinated in 1980. He was initially regarded as a conservative choice, but he became increasingly outspoken about human rights violations in El Salvador – particularly after the murder of his close friend Father Rutilio Grande. After repeatedly condemning poverty and injustice, he was shot dead while celebrating Mass on 24 March 1980. 35 years later, Archbishop Romero will be beatified – or declared ‘Blessed’ – in San Salvador on Saturday 23 May as a prelude to being made a Saint.