Step into the Gap Peru – Working together 

A moving and insightful account. Thanks very much and safe home. Looking forward to hearing more!

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Alice Bowers reflects on the final few days spent in Peru by the Step into the Gap volunteers:

The volunteers with Manuel, Dora and Roberto from EDUCA The volunteers with Manuel, Dora and Roberto from EDUCA

Our final days here in Peru have been spent with CAFOD partners EDUCA and IES who work on helping young people start businesses and to understand and counteract violence, amongst other things. It has been so nice to see first-hand the work of our partners. These two are no exception with the hope they offer for the future of Peru and the successes of the projects they run. They are constantly changing and adapting to the needs that arise for the people they work with. They are so grateful to CAFOD and its supporters.

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Salir adelante” is a phrase that has been used predominantly in these three weeks. It means “to move forward”. This has…

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Step into the Gap Zimbabwe – Lizzie & Leila

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Lizzie is working as a chaplain at Newman University and Leila is a volunteer at the Good Shepherd in Nelson, respectively. They are both visiting Zimbabwe as part of CAFOD‘s Step into the Gap programme.

We’ve spent the past week in the west of Zimbabwe, in a place called Binga. And what a week it’s been. We’ve visited so many great projects and met so many inspirational communities, it’s hard to know where to begin. So here are just a couple of highlights from our week.

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Lizzie says:

For me, Binga has been an extremely memorable and moving experience. In Siamtelele village, Moyo Mthatshelwa, a 49-year-old farmer, warmly welcomed us with a traditional lunch of sadza, goat’s intestines, spinach, groundnut maize, sour milk and crumbled bread, all produced off their farm. I was touched by the generosity of his family. Moyo explained…

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Step up to the challenge with Cafod’s Step into the Gap Year Experience

Are you aged 18-30 and do you want to change the world?

Then Cafod’s Step into the Gap year out experience could be for you.

This programme offers an exciting year out opportunity to young adults aged 18-30 allowing them to link faith with action while encouraging others to act for positive change.

The project options are Hexham & Newcastle and Lancaster. You will spend 10 months with either St Mary’s College in Blackpool or the Youth Ministry team in Hexham and Newcastle with a specific remit to raise global issues and promote social justice. In addition to these placements you spend 4-6 weeks in Africa, experiencing first hand the challenges and opportunities faced by some of the poorest countries in the world.

To find out more you can visit: http://www.cafod.org.uk/stepintothegap or e-mail: youngleadership@cafod.org.uk

Top: Louise Cross in Cardoso Primary School 2009
Bottom: Anna-Therese McGivern, with Zoon 2009