Help us to reach our £5m target

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Farming training for school children

On today’s fast day appeal, we are calling on every individual who wishes to support charity work to help as much as they can to support the good work CAFOD is doing in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Eritrea.

 

A lot of people need help, they are crying out and calling on us to support them as much as we can. No amount will be too small, what matters is the heart where the gift is coming from. We can’t do it alone without your assistance, that’s why we are calling on every individual who has the zeal, to donate to CAFOD.

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Hospital bed

Please be as generous as you can, make double the difference to our brothers and sisters living in poverty. Throughout Lent, your donations to CAFOD will be doubled  by the UK Government, up to a total of £5m. At the moment our appeal has reached £1.5m, which is brilliant, but we would really like to reach our £5m total target and we need your help to do it. Some of the projects your Family Fast Day donations will be spent on include:

 

Family

Family support

 

Thanks very much for your support.

One Climate One World

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On Thursday 16 October, CAFOD supporters and volunteers  gathered at York CVS (Council for Voluntary Services) for the launch of CAFOD’s One Climate One World Campaign.

We listened as CAFOD partners from Peru, Jesy Romero and farmer, Adan Samuel Pajuelo Bula shared with us their experience of working to overcome poverty in their region of Peru and how climate change is impacting negatively upon their efforts.  The farming community of Cruz de Mayo (about 400 miles north of the capital, Lima) that Adan is a member of, is dependent upon the glacier in the mountains above the region for its water supply.

Adan and Jesy told us that Peru has 70% of the tropical glaciers in the world and Huascaran National Park is home to most of Peru’s glaciers.

  • Since the 1970’s, about 30% of the glacier coverage in Huascaran National Park has melted.
  • By 2030, it is expected that all the glaciers in this region below 5,000 metres will have melted completely
  • A nearby ski resort has lost most of its snow

Adan said that, “We now have water rationing and we can only water our crops once a month”.

Jesy mentioned, ” large companies are coming to the area to exploit its natural resources. This puts more pressure on the water supply adding to the impact of climate change. This is why the church got involved – to safeguard the water supply for future generations.

Those listening were asked to make their own commitment to do something to help tackle climate change:

    • Sign the One World Once Climate Action card and encourage people in their parishes to do the same
    • Take the community action and commit themselves to doing something

People committed to do one or more of the following: To use the car less; to walk as often as possible; use green energy (switch to Ecotricity); shop more carefully so there is less waste; use less water; turn the heating down and wear a jumper instead; use less energy; install solar panels; more efficient use of energy.

Will you join them in making your own commitment to making a difference on climate change?

Will you help us to spread the message that we need to act now, together if people like Adan, Jesy and their communities are to flourish?

Take CAFOD’s campaign action, either online or by ordering the CAFOD One Climate One World action cards and ask your parish or community to join in. Visit http://www.cafod.org.uk to find out more or contact David or Carol on 01904 671767 or email middlesbrough@cafod.org.uk

Would you like to volunteer with CAFOD? We have many opportunities no matter how much time you can offer. We need Parish Volunteers ( who can help us with Lent and Harvest Fast Day); Education Volunteers (who will visit schools in our diocese); MP Correspondents; Speakers at Mass (people who will visit parishes to speak about CAFOD’s work at Mass) and many more opportunities, training will be given and expenses reimbursed.

We would really like to hear from you!

 

Football loving Jesuit Priest from Guatemala will visit St Mary’s College, Hull

Fr Ignacio Blasco SJ

Fr Ignacio Blasco SJ – ‘Naxjo’ as he prefers to be known, will visit St Mary’s Catholic College, Hull on 8th November where he will speak to students about his work.

The football loving and enigmatic but extremely modest Jesuit from Valencia, Spain lives with and serves the people of the parish of Santa Maria Chiquimula in western Guatemala. The parish has a significant number of indigenous Mayan people living in its boundaries.

Guatemala’s recent history is one of a brutal conflict that tore the country apart. Many families – notably indigenous Mayans – suffered in the fighting. Members of the clergy were often forced to leave their congregation during the worst of the fighting in the early 80s for fear of their lives as the Catholic Church was seen as a force for revolution.

Santa Maria Chiquimula is part of Guatemala’s ‘dry corridor’ – an area that experiences annual drought and food shortages. Year on year, the people living in this area struggle to ensure they have enough healthy food to eat. Father Ignacio is firmly immersed in Mayan culture and sees part of our spirituality as rethinking our relationship with the environment and the earth.

Father Ignacio’s Parish of Santa Maria Chiquimula is one of CAFOD’s partners in the country. They have been working on environmental projects to fight deforestation and to encourage young people to understand the importance of their land. They have also helped to promote healthy food campaigns, mobile clinics for mothers and babies as well as food gardens for families to grow nutritious vegetables to eat.

Father Ignacio’s work with the Parish of Santa Maria Chiquimula has had a profound effect on the future of some of the poorest and most marginalised people in Guatemala – the indigenous Mayan communities. Leading his colleagues, the parish has helped to improve the health of children in the area dramatically. In 2010, 196 very young children came to the Parish’s health centre with acute malnourishment. By the end of the year, there were just 127 who were suffering acute malnutrition – thus saving 69 lives of some of the most vulnerable people that year.

With regard to the environment and climate change, the organisation has instilled the need to protect trees in young people. Crucially, children in the area now understand that planting a tree is not just a decorative effect – the children will tell you, ‘Plant a tree, plant water’: a highly important idea for a community that lies in the dry corridor.

Already incredibly warm and friendly, you’ll make a lasting friend of Father Ignacio if you share his love for Barcelona Football Club as well as the stunning landscape of this poor, but beautiful mountainous region of Guatemala.