CAFOD Liverpool were lucky enough to welcome Abba Solomon, Tamiru Legesse and Abba Teum from Ethiopia to our annual garden party which took place today. The sunshine came out in full force to join over 40 key volunteers and parish contacts who not only met with our Ethiopian friends but also relaxed in the glorious sunshine eating scrumptious Creame teas. Volunteers came from all over the Archdiocese from Leigh to Leyland; from Wigan to St Helen’s; from Warrington to Crosby.
We heard presentations from Abba Teum who is the director of CAFOD’s partner ADCS who talked about ADCS’s work including water, sanitation and the effects of climate change. He also discussed the impact of the conflict in Eritrea and Sudan and the effect that was having on Ethiopia especailly with number of refugees. He answered lots of different questions from our volunteers. Afterwards Tamiru Legesse, the CAFOD communications officer for Ethiopia, spoke briefly and showed us a video clip of what has happened in Sebeya over the previous year including all the different celebrations including the Easter processions. Meanwhile Abba Solomon, the Parish Priest in Sebeya’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church was presented with a framed photo of the icon of the Holy Trinity by St Andrei Rublev for his church which is named ‘Holy Trinity’ so a little bit of Liverpool will then be in the community of Sebeya. Abba Solomon then thanked the people of Liverpool Archdiocese for their support.
After the presentations, everyone went outside to enjoy the sunshine and have a natter over chilled juice, tea and their gorgeous scones and strawberries. We were also shown a photograph of children in Sebeya holding the cards made by young people from our different primary and secondary schools including Archbishop Beck, Maricourt, St Basil’s in Widnes and lots more (please see below). Many thanks to everyone who joined us today. See you next year! 🙂