From Harare to Salford

Field worker, Livison Chipatiso, has joined us all the way from Harare, Zimbabwe and embarked on a speaking tour of the North East and North West expressing thanks for the amazing fundraising and support offered to projects in Zimbabwe by schools, parishes and individuals. Such projects have allowed for the combating  of malnutrition and hunger by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat. 

Livison visited students from Thornleigh Salesian College to thank them for the £28,000 raised by the school over the years and to give them an insight into how this directly helps overseas communities. He also held assemblies and workshops for students from Years 7 and 9 about his experiences in Zimbabwe as a part of CAFOD’s Family Fast Day Appeal, which takes place during Lent. He said that he ‘enjoyed every session and would like to thank the staff and the children for the hospitality they showed me.’ Alongside this he has spoken at Mass in Bolton and attended an event at Wardley Hall.

Whilst here, he has also had the opportunity to experience some British delights including his first ever encounter with snow and the game of Jenga!

In Zimbabwe, one in three people are undernourished. January to March is the most difficult time of year for food. The rains start falling in November, but the harvest doesn’t start until April. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, 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.

Find out more about this years Lent appeal.

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent

Written by CAFOD volunteer, Estefania Gonzales

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, during which we anticipate Good Friday and Easter. It is not just about depriving ourselves of things or joy, but totally the opposite, we should rejoice in the small and big actions that we do every day and continue with the mentality that we can build a better and fairer world. Lent is also a period in which we can consider our actions and how we can apply the Gospel to our daily lives.

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So, on Ash Wednesday we begin Lent and we are invited to fast, pray and give. We can reflect on how to share what we have with our brothers and sisters who live in the poorest countries, remembering that we are all children of God.

You can get involved with Family Fast Day on Friday 23rd February to help combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds, farming training and more by organising a soup lunch with your parish or community. Plus, your donation can be doubled by the UK government, who are match funding any money raised (up to £5 million) between 13th February and 12th May 2018.

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You can follow CAFOD’s online Lent Calendar 2018 here, to reflect, pray and take global justice action throughout this season.

We wish you a wonderful and fruitful Lent from all at CAFOD Salford.

Prepare for Lent Fast Day in Kersal, 16th February

On Friday 16th February you, your friends and family are welcome to hear Sister Teresa Brittain talk about the situation in Zimbabwe and CAFOD’s projects tackling hunger and malnutrition there.

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The location is Our Lady of Dolours, 500 Bury New Road, Kersal, M7 4ND

Everyone is welcome!!