Written by CAFOD volunteer Estefania Gonzalez.
We’ve had such a great year that we had to split it into two blogs!
In Laudato Si, the letter of Pope Francis, he talks about our ‘care for our common home’ and to show our love for creation. In June, CAFOD Salford, as a practical response for this, launched its B.O.B box project. Bishop John Arnold has encouraged the project and said that ‘the B.O.B boxes gives us a real opportunity to connect with nature, by helping endangered birds and bats that are so important to our local environment’
Unfortunately, this year Sainsbury’s decided to ditch Fairtrade Mark from some of their own brand tea and replace it with its own ‘Fairly Traded’ brand. Fairtrade makes a difference to the workers in some of the world’s poorest communities.
But CAFOD, in collaboration with others, have said #dontditchfairtrade by taking action in October. Thanks to that, thousands of people have already written to Sainsbury’s and gather outside their local Sainsbury’s store using mug props saying ‘‘Ditching Fairtrade: not my cup of tea’.
Lastly, but not least, the amazing result on Maua. CAFOD has been supporting the Maua community for months to avoid the eviction where hundreds of families in Sao Paulo would lose their roof over their heads.
In England and Wales, 4,000 CAFOD supporters joined this action by signing petitions, sending emails and sharing pictures in social media #Ficamaua, and the eviction was CANCELLED.
This means that 237 families who have been living in Maua for the last decade will continue to live there.
From CAFOD Salford, we want to say THANK YOU, and we hope that this serves as a reflection of this year on how much we can achieve when we are united.
Hope all these stories have inspired and encouraged you for a better 2018.
Thank you for everything.
A happy new year from Steve, Ann and Rosie.