East Africa Crisis Appeal Update

We would like to thank everyone for all the hard work over the last few days for the East Africa Crisis appeal, it is off to a great start thanks to your speedy responses; nationwide we have received £757k to date.


Click here to watch a one-minute video from our Head of Parish Participation and Volunteering Group, Jo Kitterick, with a thank you message for our supporters and volunteers.


Do you know what your money could buy?

  • £25 could provide a month’s supply of life-saving peanut paste to a malnourished child
  • £60 could provide clean drinking water for two families for a month
  • £100 could provide supplies to a clinic treating severely malnourished children for a week.

East Africa Crisis

You can still donate;

Online at www.cafod.org.uk/eastafrica

By credit/debit card on: 0500 85 88 85

By Cheque to;

CAFOD, Romero House,

55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB


And of course you can pray, we have the CAFOD prayer for those affected at


Thank you for your kindness.EA4

CAFOD responds to the East Africa Crisis

East Africa Crisis


Over 16 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are in urgent need of food, following months of drought.

In South Sudan alone, 4.9 million people – more than 40 per cent of the country’s population – urgently need food, and nutrition assistance. In many places, such as South Sudan, the crisis has been exacerbated by conflict and economic collapse.

We are already working with our local Church partners on the ground, who are providing vital aid to communities affected by hunger and drought.

Please join us in praying for those affected by the hunger crisis in East Africa

You can also donate by clicking HERE

Thank you for your support in helping us to reach the most vulnerable communities.




Harvest Fast Day is on Friday, October 7th and this year CAFOD is focusing on the poorest nation in South America,  Bolivia, in communities where over 60% of people are in real poverty.  At the Harvest Fast Day briefings we can show you how the Catholic community is making a lasting difference in the world around us.  We warmly invite you and your parish community to join us and hear how you can get involved this Harvest time!

Come and find out more so you can get involved!  All are welcome to our Harvest Briefings this month throughout the diocese:

Thursday 15 September: CAFOD Harvest Fast Day briefing 7pm – 9.00pm (refreshments from 6.45pm) St James’ Social Centre, St James’ Rd, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7AA (with Nikki Evans, CAFOD’s Programme Officer for Bolivia),

Saturday 17 September: CAFOD Liverpool Harvest Fast Day briefing 10am – 2.30pm at St Sebastian’s Church and Parish Centre Lockerby Rd Liverpool L7 0LR (refreshments from 10.00 am for 10.30am start) (with Bernadette McIntosh CAFOD’s Volunteer Support Officer).  There will be the very popular session too on using the prepared short talk for speaking at Mass which makes so much of a difference to Fast Days.  There’ll be a chance to meet other parish volunteers and ourselves at CAFOD Liverpool too!  Please bring something to share for lunch!

What to do

Three things please!

  1.  Please contact us on 0151 228 4028 or liverpool@cafod.org.uk to ask any questions and to let us know you are coming.
  2. If you know of anyone who is interested in helping CAFOD in your parish, please do invite them along. 
  3. Please print out the poster and display at church and/or ask if the news can be included in your parish newsletter. 

We do value your on-going support. It makes a real difference to the lives of countless people overseas.

Thank you!

St John’s hear about CAFOD’s work in Sierra Leone and Liberia

We were delighted to send a CAFOD speaker along to speak at mass at St John the

CAFOD's Clara Burton in Sierra Leone with daughter, Aoife.

CAFOD’s Clara Burton in Sierra Leone with daughter, Aoife.

Evangelist, Kirkdale last week.  Clara Burton was previously based in CAFOD’s London office for three years but she moved out to Sierra Leone with her husband and toddler daughter, in March.  She now works as a programme development and funding officer for CAFOD in the Sierra Leone and Liberia office, based in the capital city, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Clara said, “It has been an eye-opening experience – sad, inspiring, humbling’, she has witnessed first-hand how the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia are recovering in the wake of Ebola – a deadly disease that infected over 20,000 people across both countries, killing over 9,000 people.

CAFOD and its local partners are playing a crucial role in the recovery, having been at the forefront of the Ebola response, in particularly in Sierra Leone where we are working in some of the worst affected areas.

A community in Sierra Leone which is benefitting from CAFOD's work.

A community in Sierra Leone which is benefitting from CAFOD’s work.

In these communities, we are supporting men and women to build (and re-build) a livelihood, for example in farming, carpentry or tailoring so that they can provide for their families. We are supporting Ebola survivor children to return to school by kitting them out with essential items like uniforms and materials – essentially contributing to re-building the lives of people who have been so badly affected by Ebola.

Clara recently visited a community just outside of the capital city in Sierra Leone where the majority of households have lost family members to Ebola – mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children. It is a wonder how they can keep going. But they do. Mainly because of their resilient and strong-willed nature but also because of the support they receive from organisations like CAFOD.

She met Salimatu, a 35 year old mother of three who lost her husband to Ebola. She says her family is ‘only just surviving’ on the meagre amount she farms herself on a small plot of land. She explained that at times she went hungry so that she could afford her children’s schooling.  She said “my business is just too small at the moment so I hope this project will allow me to buy more seed to earn greater profits”.

We will support Salimatu to grow her business by providing her with business development skills training and a small grant.

CAFOD is also bringing clean water and toilet facilities to some of the most remote and difficult to reach parts of Sierra Leone – it was the lack of these facilities that allowed Ebola to ravage communities.

As well as latrine-style toilets and washing facilities, CAFOD has provided a water well so

An example of a water well provided to support communities by CAFOD and our partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

An example of a water well provided to support communities by CAFOD and our partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

that all of the community have access to clean water. On my visit, we held a meeting with the community to get their feedback on the work that had be done – they said that as well as preventing the re-occurrence of Ebola (as well as other infectious diseases), they had brought back dignity to their lives, which had been taken away by Ebola.

Clara said, “I was delighted to be able to speak at mass at St. John, the Evangelist in Kirkdale. This parish, like many others across England and Wales, have given very generously towards CAFOD’s Ebola appeal, so it was great to be able to give them an update on how this funding is money used to support communities in Sierra Leone and Liberia”.

If you’d like to hear how your parish can support CAFOD or how you could volunteer to be more involved in our work, contact your local Volunteer Centre.

CAFOD Liverpool January newsletter

Uganda Lent 2016 parish photo Proscovia

Dear Friend

A very happy new year to you and your family and friends!

Colette and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you!!! for your commitment and support last year. Can we also mention in particular the CAFOD Carol Service at Upholland and of course the Fun Run in December! Details on the blog but for now, some important dates and details coming up!

We are looking ahead as we all help bringing about a more just world in 2016. In this issue we will focus on:

 Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy

 The New Climate Campaign

 Lent Fast Day

 Young People activities

Events and Challenges

Celebrating the Year of Mercy

With Pope Francis we celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, which ends on 20 November 2016. We remember that “the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy” Misericordiae Vultus #15. 

The Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission & CAFOD have produced a new Lenten Resource for parishes and groups called Mercy and our Common Home, combining the Year of Mercy and Laudato Si’ on Care of the Common Home.

Copies are available from Steve Atherton (0151 522 1080 s.atherton@rcaol.co.uk) and there is a short workshop to help people use it at CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre, 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ on Saturday 16 January 10am -1pm (please let us know and bring something to share for lunch: liverpool@cafod.org.uk 0151 228 4028). 2

Using Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, the Course helps us reflect for an hour once a week on God who is the fountain of all mercy, and we are called to live out a relationship of mercy with God, our neighbours, ourselves, and our sister earth, as inspired by Laudato Si’. We then invite you to prepare plans as a group for Easter & onwards, celebrating early progress at Pentecost.

Year of Mercy resources

We’ve pulled together some of our popular education resources for children and young people, to help celebrate the Year of Mercy. Feel free to browse as you may find them useful!

Meanwhile, we’ve loved hearing your stories on the Year of Mercy, so please keep them coming! Please send any photos of a Door of Mercy in your diocese and a short paragraph to theology@cafod.org.uk

Lent Fast day

Your Lent pack will be with you in mid-January, with everything you need for your parish Fast Day: a Lent poster, the short talk, and a guide with intercessions for every Sunday in Lent. Envelopes will arrive as usual but if you’d like prayer cards this year, they are free as usual but please order some direct from us at resources@cafod.org.uk or on 0300 011 5680.

It really helps to do four things for Fast Day!

1. Please insert a notice in the newsletter the weekend before (for 6/7 February) so people know Fast Day’s coming.

2. Have people give out the envelopes to people as they come in (please don’t just leave them for people to collect on a table)

3. Have someone in the parish give the prepared short talk (attached). Please contact us if you want help with this.

4. Thank people in the newsletter afterwards for the contributions received.

This year we focus on water and our work in helping communities in Uganda. The Government is matching our contributions £1 for £1 up to £3.5m so please encourage people to give generously (e.g. a gift-aided donation of £4 becomes (£8 plus £1 gift aid) £9)!

Help provided!

Please do join us for one of the Lent Fast Day Workshops

to prepare for Lent, to hear much about our work in Uganda and share and reflect with other CAFOD volunteers and supporters in your area. They will be held at:

Thursday 28 January 2-4 pm CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre, 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ
  7-9 pm As above


Or at

Sunday 31 January 1-3 pm Brownedge St Mary’s Church, Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6SP

Please let us know if you can make it!  liverpool@cafod.org.uk



Start the New Year by taking a new climate campaign action

Become an MP Correspondent – join us in lobbying your MP for change three or four times a year through letters and meetings.

Take the e-action to Amber Rudd, the Climate and Energy Secretary, calling on the Government to shift from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.

Download and use the Laudato Si’ study guide

Look out for our Valentine’s Day green heart campaign – make, wear and share a green heart showing something that you love that could be affected by climate change, from bees to our beaches to people overseas


Young volunteers fly to Peru and Zimbabwe!

This month our nine gap year volunteers are travelling to Peru and Zimbabwe to experience CAFOD’s work with partners. Keep up to date with their exciting blogs! If you know anyone aged 18-30 looking for a gap year with a difference, please share that applications are now open for September 2016.

Did you know that CAFOD volunteers made over 400 school visits in England and Wales last term? Are you working in our schools this term? Visit our school volunteer website for the latest resources. Interested in working with children and young people? Please reply to this email to hear about our opportunities!


Take up a challenge for CAFOD!

In 2015 our supporters ran marathons, cycled across the country, swam the seas and much more for CAFOD. Join Team CAFOD in 2016 and help to transform lives across the world. You can take part in any sponsored event for CAFOD by getting your own place through the race organisers.


Search for an event near you and find a challenge to raise funds for CAFOD in your area!   If you are feeling extra ambitious you could take on a very special challenge, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela– a challenging beautiful pilgrimage hiking through the fields of northern Spain underneath the milky-way. Want to find out more? CAFOD supporters Fred Uttley and John Cowell have completed the Camino an impressive eight times! Or


Organise an event in your parish or school:  What about a … Walk to Church Sunday?  Donate money saved from not using the car, meet people and follow Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ and do another bit for the planet!



Best wishes



Ged Edwards and Colette Byrne

Community Participation CoordinatorsCAFOD