Zimbabwean CAFOD Worker Thanks CAFOD Volunteers This Family Fast Day

Last week in Croxteth, Livison Chipatiso, CAFOD Programme Officer in Zimbabwe, thanked CAFOD volunteers for their work and support for combating malnutrition and hunger in the country.

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Livison visited Liverpool as part of CAFOD’s Family Fast Day Appeal, and shared his first-hand accounts of how malnutrition and hunger heavily effects those in Zimbabwe, where one in three people will suffer.

Livison said: “The people of Liverpool have been so welcoming and the prayers that they send over to Zimbabwe keep us strong.  Sometimes, at home, we wonder where to get the strength and motivation but the contribution of people from Liverpool keeps us motivated to make positive changes.”

Ged Edwards, from CAFOD Liverpool was at the event, and added: “It’s wonderful to hear how we are making a difference in Zimbabwe and how each of the communities efforts there are leading to even greater improvements in their lives. It’s fantastic to know that our small efforts here all add up and we can work in solidarity for people who really need our help”.

CAFOD is working this Family Fast Day, to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat, especially during the months when it is particularly difficult for crops to grow.

It is expected that the funds raised by CAFOD’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future together.

Thank you for showing your support for this year’s Lent Appeal!

Find out more about Family Fast Day

If you missed Livison’s talk, you can watch it again here:


World Day of Prayer and Fasting: pray with Pope Francis on Family Fast Day

Pope Francis has called for a World Day of Prayer and Fasting on Family Fast Day.

On Friday 23 February, at his request, please unite in prayer with him for the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.


Ahadi and her friend Belta received training and tools from our partner so they could open a tailors workshop.

It’s wonderful to think that on that day, we will this year be fasting and praying not just with Catholics across England and Wales, but with Catholics across the whole world.

To mark this special occasion, CAFOD Liverpool are holding a prayer session for volunteers, supporters and staff starting at 1pm till 1.30pm which will be followed by a simple vegetarian soup and bread lunch at the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre.


All are welcome to attend this free event!  


The address is 27 Crofton Road, Liverpool L13 5UJ.  Please let us know if you are coming or have any particular dietary requirements on 0151 228 4028 or liverpool@cafod.org.uk



Prepare for Lent Fast Day in Croxteth, 10th February

On Saturday 10th February you and your friends and family are welcome to hear Livison Chipatiso, Programme Officer from the CAFOD office in Harare, will be in Croxteth from 2pm-4pm. He will be speaking about CAFOD’s projects tackling hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe.

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The location is at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Stonebridgte Lane, Croxteth, L11 9AZ

All are welcome, and we hope to see you there

St Benet’s, Netherton welcome CAFOD Partner, Sister Yvonne Mwila from Zambia

CAFOD Liverpool were delighted to be visited by Sr Yvonne from Zambia last week where

CAFOD partner Sister Yvonne welcomed at St Benet's, Netherton

CAFOD Partner, Sr Yvonne, is welcomed by the children at St Benet’s, Netherton

she was kindly hosted by parishioners from St Benet’s, Netherton.

Sr Yvonne is a Religious Sister in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  She has been in Mbala, Zambia for 9 years and working in the Households In Distress Programme (HID) for 8 years.  HID programme’s goal is to contribute to the reduction of the impact of HIV and AIDS on the infected and most affected families in communities through quality care and support, and livelihoods initiatives.

Sr Yvonne delivered a short talk at mass in St Raymond’s Chapel, and then at St Benet’s where she was welcomed by the children of the parish, and also given some challenging questions by them!

CAFOD Volunteer Mat and parishioner, Sam, set up the coffee morning at St Benet's, Netherton

CAFOD Volunteer Mat and parishioner, Sam, set up the coffee morning at St Benet’s, Netherton

The mass was followed by a coffee morning allowing parishioners to meet Sister Yvonne and have a chat over tea and delicious cake.  The cakes were donated and home made by parishioners, and through the sales of these as well as a toy sale and raffle, over £500 was raised on the day!

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne, said, ‘I’m absolutely delighted with the amount of effort the whole parish has gone to, to welcome Sister Yvonne and support CAFOD’s work to help people in Zambia.  So many parishioners stayed after mass and supported the day, it was really uplifting to see and the cakes were scrumptious too!’

Fr Bruce from St Benet's, Netherton welcomes CAFOD partner, Sr Yvonne from Zambia

Fr Bruce from St Benet’s, Netherton welcomes CAFOD partner, Sr Yvonne from Zambia

CAFOD would like to thank Fr Bruce from St Benet’s, Netherton for supporting the event and to our CAFOD volunteers in that parish, Richard and his wife Maggie, and Mat, his wife Sue and daughter Emily who were all phenomenal over the weekend.  CAFOD simply could not continue to provide its inspirational work without this kind of support.  On hearing that she was a football fan, in true scouse style, a Liverpool shirt was presented to Sr Yvonne

CAFOD Partner, Sr Yvonne is presented with a personalised Liverpool FC shirt from parishioners at St Benet's, Netherton

CAFOD Partner, Sr Yvonne is presented with a personalised Liverpool FC shirt from parishioners at St Benet’s, Netherton

which she was delighted with!

We would also like to thank the CAFOD volunteers from across Liverpool Archdiocese who attended the CAFOD Lent briefing with Sister Yvonne too.  Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts that you’re doing to help make this Lent a success!

Find out how your parish can support CAFOD this Lent!

Uganda Webinar

This  Lent Fast Day, Friday 19 February, from 1:30 – 2:30pm, you are invited to join a webinar  to hear how your support has made a difference in the lives of real people.

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Credit line: CAFOD/David Mutua

This Lent you will hear all about how you can ‘turn on the taps’ for communities in Uganda. In this webinar Catherine Ogolla, our country representative for Kenya and Uganda, and her team will share stories of communities in North East Uganda, .

This Lent your donations with be matched by the UK government up to the value of £3 million so we can make double the difference.

Why join?

Webinars with CAFOD are an amazing way to visit the countries we work in. You can hear from the people working on the ground who bring the projects you support to life. It’s not just about listening, you will also have the opportunity to ask our Uganda team questions and hear what other CAFOD supporters think too.

How does it work?

Taking part in a webinar is easy. All you need to do to is click on the link below and register with your name and email. You will then receive a confirmation email with a link you can use to join the webinar. In order to listen you will need either speakers or headphones.

Register now>>


If you’d like to join, but you aren’t sure how, email Elly on eheans-glogowska@cafod.org.uk or call 0207 095 5332.