Visitors from Niger, Nicaragua and Nigeria to Middlesbrough School

Three overseas visitors spent time in a Middlesbrough school to share more about the vital work they carry out in some of the world’s poorest countries.


Moise, Kelechi and Winston spoke about their work for CAFOD

Moise Liboto Makuta, Kelechi Emeh and Winston Berrios spoke to pupils at St Peter’s Catholic College about their experiences in Niger, Nigeria and Nicaragua respectively.

The trio all work as Overseas Programme Officers for CAFOD.

Moise and Kelechi talked at length about the impact that climate change is having on the communities where they work and how these communities experience extreme weather conditions such as floods and droughts.

Winston spoke to the schoolchildren about the challenges in Nicaragua to local communities who are being dispossessed of their land by multi-national corporations.

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Come and meet Tukura from Zimbabwe

Power to the peopleYou are warmly invited to come along to a Power to the People event at St Cuthbert’s, 130, Stockton Road, Hartlepool TS25 5AX from 12 – 2:00pm or at St Cuthbert’s Albion Road West, North Shields NE29 0JB from 5:30 – 7:00pm on 8th July to meet other local CAFOD volunteers, hear from CAFOD partner Takura Gwatinyanya from Zimbabwe, and get up-to-date on the latest on our climate and energy campaign. To register for the above events call our Hexham and Newcastle team on 0191 384 4847

Can’t make it that day?

Join us online on Friday, 15 July at 1pm to hear from Takura Gwatinaya from Caritas Harare in Zimbabwe.  This webinar will help inspire, inform and equip you for action, whether you are new to CAFOD or an experienced campaigner.


Defending rights in Colombia

Colombian partners-13Human rights defenders in Colombia play a key role in defending marginalised and vulnerable communities and exposing abuses committed by legal and illegal armed actors. Consequently they are at particular risk of attack, intimidation, stigmatisation, persecution, displacement or even death. In 2015, 63 defenders were killed in Colombia. The defenders most at risk are those living outside the major cities and often those in rural areas advocating for the return of lands from which they have been displaced. Attacking and silencing defenders has a profound impact on the continuation of the conflict because achieving truth, justice and reparation are essential to building a sustainable peace.

Through an EC funded project CAFOD and our Caritas partner SNPS focusses on four in regions prioritised by the Colombian government under the new land restitution programme. We are very pleased to welcome Nubia, Hildemaro and Liney to our North East Volunteer Forum this Saturday and to Our Lady’s parish, Acomb on Sunday. Grateful thanks are extended to the Carmelite Community for their generosity in offering hospitality to our visitors during their stay.