On 7th October you are invited to join CAFOD online for your chance to hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. You can find out about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia and ask any questions you might have about our projects.
Kieron is one of CAFOD‘s Step into the Gap volunteers. He’s currently working as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool and is visiting CAFOD partners in Zimbabwe.
As the days continue to fly by in Zimbabwe and time is quickly slipping away, it’s time to share from my perspective what I have experienced so far. After spending nearly two weeks here in the landlocked country of Zimbabwe, there have been many moving encounters meeting with partners of CAFOD and communities.
After spending a few days in the capital Harare, getting to know our surroundings and being greeted by the CAFOD staff, we began our journey to the north west of Zimbabwe, to an area named Binga. After a long journey, in the heat of a cloudless sky, we arrived safe and sound.
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Chrisis one of CAFOD’s Step into the Gap volunteers working for the Youth Ministry Team in the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle. He’s currently in Nicaragua to see CAFOD’s work and has sent back this blog:
“How can one person make a difference in the world?” It is a hard question to answer.
At the start of our trip Vicky, one of our kind accompaniers, explained to us how ASOMUPRO – the association of women producers who we spent the week with – starts making a difference with the women they work with. They do this by giving women the opportunity to start believing in themselves. ASOMUPRO says that in the Nicaraguan machista society, once women start saying “I can” that is half the battle won. And it is surprising how much the phrase “I can” came up throughout our week with ASOMUPRO.
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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! 🙂