CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Soup Lunch

CAFOD soup lunchOn Friday 5th October 2018 Year 9 from Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary in Redcar hosted a CAFOD soup lunch for parishioners and the local community of Redcar.

Every year the Academy supports the work of CAFOD by hosting events such as this soup lunch. The local community have come together to share a meal, as well as to raise awareness and money for CAFOD.

Sopu lunch 3The soup and bread rolls were made by the students during the morning. A bowl of soup and bread roll cost £1.50 with all proceeds going towards the work of CAFOD. We managed to raise £119.

It was great to see the smiles of the students when they were serving the food which they had worked hard to prepare earlier in the day. People who came to the soup lunch commented on how lovely the soup was and they were humbled knowing the students had been working hard in the kitchen.

Soup lunch 2

Bishop welcomes CAFOD country programme managers

Bishop Terry with Kayode and Conor

Bishop Drainey with Conor and Kayode

“Bishop Drainey met with two CAFOD country Programme Managers recently, Conor Molloy works in Ethiopia and Kayode Akintola works in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The meeting was an opportunity to share CAFOD’s work in each country with our Bishop.

Conor, who works on a tripartite agreement between CAFOD, SCIAF and Trocaire (CST), gave a brief recent history of Ethiopia. Following a state of emergency until 2016 and huge protests following the drought brought about by the EI Nino phenomenon which was the worst drought in living memory.

A second EI Nino, starting in the Indian Ocean affected more lowland areas and caused more than 2 million people to be displaced between September 2017 and April 2018. At the same time there has been positive engagement taking place between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the first delegation of Eritrean’s was hosted this month which will hopefully herald a renewed peace between the two nations. CAFOD’s work includes supporting Women’s Empowerment and Resilient Communities Programmes in the country.

Kayode told the Bishop that Sierra Leone was the 6th poorest country on the United Nations index and that the Ebola crisis had brought the country to its knees. Faith leaders had played a key role during the outbreak as they were trusted by their local communities, who explained the need for ‘safe burials’ of victims to reduce the risk of contamination. Following the Ebola outbreak, a mudslide around the capital city, Freetown, has claimed more than 600,000 lives. There has been a new social government elected which is still in its first 100 days in government. At the end of the meeting, Conor and Kayode extended thanks to CAFOD volunteers and supporters in Middlesbrough on behalf of their respective communities.

Bishop Drainey thanked Conor and Kayode for their visit and said there is need to raise awareness and widen people’s perspectives about the realities of life in other countries”.

 

 

Gaudete et exsultate – Rejoice and be glad!

Rejoice and be glad

The new mothers group in Kariyangwe, Zimbabwe

It’s Volunteer’s Week and we at CAFOD Middlesbrough would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to each and every one of our amazing volunteers.

They are some of the most generous people you could ever wish to meet. They are dedicated and tireless, innovative and energetic, kind and compassionate, humble and loving.

They are the life-blood of our organisation, helping us to promote and support our work in our parish and school communities which in turns helps us to complete life-changing programmes of work to improve the lives of some of the poorest people on earth. They come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds but they all have a passionate concern for people in any kind of need.

So, whether you volunteer with CAFOD in our volunteer centre, or speak at Mass or promote our Lent and Harvest fast days in your parish or by visiting our diocesan schools, or by campaigning we’d like to say a big THANK YOU – you are the salt of the earth and light of the world and living examples of faith in action.

If you will like to volunteer for CAFOD, you are more than welcome to join us, please contact us via Email: middlesbrough@cafod.org.uk, or Tel: 01642 822301

In this way, led by God’s grace, we shape by many small gestures the holiness God has willed for us, not as men and women sufficient unto ourselves but rather “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”. (Pope Francis, Gaudete et exsultate)