Manx funding brings clean water for Zimbabwe primary schools with CAFOD

CAFOD has been awarded a grant of £100,000 by the Isle of Man Government to deliver clean water and sanitation facilities to communities in the Chimanimani district of Zimbabwe.

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New water pumps will bring the children clean water

Tubhanju Primary School, which is attended by more than 620 children, is to receive a solar-powered water conveyance system. This will provide a reliable supply of clean water for pupils and teachers, as well as the 200 households in three surrounding villages. Currently, pupils and residents walk over 2km to fetch water.

Nyamusundu Primary School will benefit from the installation of a gravity-based water conveyance system. Many of the 520 pupils from this school currently walk 4km to collect water, which is unsafe for drinking. This system will also incorporate a small hydro-electric generator to power the school’s lighting and computers.

In addition, this project will see the construction of toilets and hand-washing facilities and the introduction of health and nutrition clubs at each school to encourage good sanitation and hygiene practices.

Verity Johnson, CAFOD country representative in Zimbabwe, said:

‘The generous grant from the Isle of Man will enable sanitation programmes to help fight preventable diseases such as cholera, and improve the health, the environment and the dignity of young people in Zimbabwe.’

She added:

‘Children and young people are at the heart of this programme as it is these young people who will make the change we want to see in the future. For example, they will be involved in setting up hygiene laboratories to identify issues in their communities and come up with their own solutions to tackle these issues.’

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK commented:

‘This funding will deliver a brighter future for children living in one of the world’s poorest areas. Through the provision of clean water and sanitation, quality education and renewable energy, the project supports a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which are a cornerstone of our international development policy.’

The project will run for two years and has a total budget of £112,000, with £12,000 coming from CAFOD’s fundraising in the UK and the Isle of Man.

2017 – A year of highlights for CAFOD Liverpool

Happy New Year from everyone at CAFOD Liverpool, we hope you had a successful 2017, and wish you the best for 2018. Here are some of our highlights from our work in 2017 (In no particular order)!

#Ficamaua – This Autumn 237 families were faced with the uncertainty of losing their home, but thanks to the support of CAFOD supporters from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool and further afield, we were thrilled to find out that there would be no eviction!

You can watch a video of our supporters holding their #Ficamaua signs by clicking here

CAFOD Liverpool’s campaigns co-ordinator, Emily McIndoe, said: “We’re so pleased with the result of this campaign.  The support from parishioners in the Archdiocese of Liverpool has been astounding.  What great news!”


Live Simply – Great progress has been made across the Archdiocese towards Live Simply, Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Birkdale,  became the first school in the country to receive the livesimply award.

We also have a number of parishes working towards their awards, in various parts of the Archdiocese, including Ormskirk, Liverpool and Widnes, Colette Byrne said “We’re asking people to evaluate how they live their lives, and emphasising how it can impact our planet and the people living on it.  Pope Francis asks us in Laudato Si, to care for our common home.” With an assessment scheduled in January, stay tuned to find out more (don’t forget you can subscribe to our blog at the bottom of the page).


CAFOD Liverpool’s Office Volunteer, Stephen Cooke said “It’s been fantastic to see the growth of Live Simply in the Archdiocese, with the first Live Simply school in the country being from the Archdiocese, a parish having scheduled an assessment in January, and several more close to booking an assessment, we wish them all good luck, and look forward to seeing what 2018 brings for Live Simply in the Archdiocese”

Find out more about the Livesimply award.

David, Ged and Maggie reach the Philippines at last!

Ged’s trip to The Philippines – During the summer Ged, and two of his CAFOD Colleagues (Maggie Mairura, who is Ged’s counterpart in the Nottingham Diocese, and David Brinn, CAFOD’s National Schools Volunteer Programme Coordinator) visited The Philippines to see for themselves how money donated to CAFOD was used in the aftermath of Typhoons Haiyan and Melor.

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Ged said, “It was a great honour to share what we know and to work alongside our partners to deliver it.  We also took the marvelous opportunity to see first hand the projects that CAFOD supporters have helped to fund and the progress local communities we visited have made since The Philippines was devastated by these massive Typhoons.”

Tricycle ride!

Ged would be happy to talk to your parish, group or school saying “I’d love the chance to visit more people to share my experience, and give the people the chance to find out how their support for CAFOD helps people in areas such as The Philippines.  I was so impressed with how people work together there and how they battle with the natural disasters and the impacts of climate change as well as dealing with injustice on a large scale.”

If you would like to arrange a visit from Ged please contact or phone 0151 228 4028.

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Power to Be – Power to be was CAFOD’s renewable energy campaign which focused on the fact that every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream.


Over 29,000 people across the country signed the Petition calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.


Ged Edwards said “This is a campaign with a real focus – we really can make a difference in practical ways and it is so simple!”


Liverpool’s Thanksgiving Event for Volunteers – On Saturday 10 June, CAFOD volunteers from the Archdiocese of Liverpool came together to celebrate their achievements in an afternoon full of events, cake and friendship.


We heard from volunteers from across the diocese, some of whom were schools’ volunteers and parish volunteers from their local CAFOD groups.  There was such a huge mix of activities that people take part in for CAFOD: from beetle drives to giving talks in schools, from selling fair trade goods to holding collections after Mass… It is inspiring to see such variety and we are grateful for it all!

Colette said “We had a wonderful afternoon together and it was great to be able to celebrate our volunteers in the Liverpool diocese and share and inspire us all with the brilliant stories!”


Listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor – St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Wrightington played host to an “Inspiring” and “Great” day on Saturday, 8th July 2017 with Fr Peter Hughes and Sarah Croft in Wrightington providing the inputs.

During a “wonderful” talk that “provided much food for thought” Fr Peter described the influence that climate change is having on the indigenous communities in Peru.


After a short break, Sarah Croft, who is CAFOD’s Campaigns Manager spoke about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, the Live Simply award and the MP Correspondents scheme.


The day then ended with a shared lunch, you can see all of the videos in one place by clicking


The 34th Annual Fun Run – As always our year drew to a close with our annual Fun Run, the 34th time it has taken place.

The run took place on December 27th, in cold temperatures, in Wavertree. Participants had the choice of running or walking 2km, 4km or 8km.

An incredible 257 people came together from all ages, and across the country (and the world) to help raise money for CAFOD’s work and to enjoy a fun day. Thank you to everyone who took part, and to our wonderful organising committee. More details will follow in the new year.

Stephen said “It was fantastic to see so many people come together and brave the cold to help  support CAFOD, a massive thank you to them all, and to all those who volunteered on the day, and to those who helped organise such a great day”


2017 was a year full of highlights, other highlights this year have included our annual memorial mass in November, our lent and creation time resources produced with the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission, the use of The Lampedusa Cross and all the opportunities we have had to visit parishes and schools to talk abut our work.

We’re looking forward to another year of highlights in 2018, and hope that you, your family and friends have a wonderful year.


The CAFOD Liverpool office will reopen on Wednesday (3rd January) 2018.

Live Simply Christmas

LSC1St Wilfrid’s in Widnes are embracing the LiveSimply message this Christmas! They held a Christmas Coffee morning using Fairtrade products and selling Christmas cards, items from the Medialle Trust and Nugent care gifts. They held the coffee morning on Black Friday, selling gifts that do good! Buying Fairtrade is a great way to Live Simply this Christmas. There is a wide variety of Fairtrade crafts, decorations and even Christmas cakes to buy from Tradecraft, with Supermarkets stocking a wide range of Fairtrade goods.


Every week St Wilfrid’s have a LiveSimply column in the parish newsletter, which they use for eco-tips, social justice, prayers and other tips on how to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity. Over the Christmas period, these tips have been encouraging parishioners to think about issue such as waste and over-buying. The parish is also running a popular ‘re-gifting’ scheme, which encourages people to bring any unwanted Christmas presents which are then given to charity.LSC2


There are lots of other ways you can live simply this Christmas, including organising a Secret Santa (where you buy one gift rather than one for everyone, usually with a spending limit of £10), making Christmas crafts rather than buying expensive presents and buying ethical gifts made of natural products that are durable.

Buying CAFOD World Gifts or making a donation to charity is another fantastic way you can make a difference this Christmas, and knowing that you have helped someone in need this Christmas really does capture the spirit of the season.

Finally, don’t forget to leave time to reflect. It’s a busy time of year and we can so often get caught up in the financial side of Christmas. This year why not leave an empty place at the Christmas table as a reminder of those who will not have enough to eat that day, or find a few minutes a day during advent to read the reflections of the CAFOD Advent calendar?

Christmas is a time of love for both your own family and for our brothers and sisters overseas, and as the TV adverts encourage us to spend more financially, it is often a good time to think about ways to celebrate the festive season in a simpler, and environmentally friendly way.LSC4

The office closes today, for the Christmas and New Year period, though we will be at our annual Fun Run on December 27th.

On Behalf of us all, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Inspirational sisters take on walk to transform lives across the world

Two inspirational schoolchildren from the Archdiocese of Liverpool have recently used their initiative to raise money for CAFOD by taking on a ten-kilometre walking challenge.

The sisters, Grace and Olivia, aged six and ten respectively,  raised an impressive £90 in sponsorship money for CAFOD after they learned about the work of the charity in their lessons at school.

Their challenge saw them walking over tough terrain and through a forest to reach their destination, Carr Mill Dam.

Olivia, aged ten, said: “Our favourite part of the day was having lots of fun throwing berries at our dad! It was really muddy and slippy but we walked with our mum and dad.

“We’re really happy that we did it because we know that we are helping others.”

The headteacher of their school, Mrs Carter, added: “We are extremely proud of Olivia and Grace who have shown initiative and determination to help others less fortunate than themselves.”

CAFOD’s local representative, Ged Edwards, added: “What a brilliant show of solidarity from Grace and Olivia!  To be acting with such compassion at such a young age is incredible and we’re so grateful for their support.

“Their actions will help to transform the lives of other children who live in the poorest communities across the world. Well done to you both!”

Find out more about fundraising for CAFOD

Young and the ‘young at heart’ raise money for charity at Christmas Fun Run!

An 81-year-old and a 12-year-old who come together every year for a charity Fun Run will once again be returning to Wavertree Athletics Centre to raise money for CAFOD.

81-year-old Mary Coghlan and youngster Benjamin Moore, 12, would not usually cross paths, but each year they both take part in the post-Christmas run with a shared goal of raising money to help some of the poorest communities across the world.

The event, which features live entertainment from the jazz band ‘The Rioters’, is in its 34th year and led by a team of committed volunteers.

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Benjamin with his mum, who he runs with annually

Mary said: “The best part is the people you meet. You might not see them at any other point throughout the year but to see them every year without fail at the Fun Run is truly inspiring.”

“You’re as young as you feel, and the Fun Run is great for all. You just do what you can on the day… It doesn’t matter how slow you are – I just enjoy the walk!”

Ben, who has taken part in the run with his mum Fiona for four years, said: “It’s a family tradition to take part. I’ve raised over £3000 for CAFOD in the last few years.

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Mary and her friend Sr Pat


Ben, who has taken part in the run with his mum Fiona for four years, said: “It’s a family tradition to take part. I’ve raised over £3000 for CAFOD in the last few years.

“I really like keeping fit and play sport regularly. I first did the 3k three years ago, and last year moved up to 7k. I can run 5k comfortably but the extra two was a challenge!”

Last year, the Fun Run raised over £11,000 for CAFOD.

The run takes place at Wavertree Athletics Centre on 27 December. Registration opens at 12 noon and the run starts at 1pm. Entry is £7 for individuals and £15 for families. There is also a special bargain entry of £70 for teams of 10+. This year there are three distances: 2k, 4k and 8k.

Find out more about the Fun Run or call 0151 228 4028.