Highlights of the Year – 2017 Part I

Written by CAFOD volunteer Estefania Gonzalez.

2017 has been great, and we’ve seen a lot of contribution from the communities to help those who need it. So, here there are the main highlights and news that have happened in CAFOD during this year. We hope that this inspires everyone that has helped and encourage people to believe that we can make a greater impact this 2018.

Happy New Year!

Power to be

CAFOD believes that every child has the power in them to achieve great things. However, with one in six people living without electricity, this dream seems distant to many children. During the year, CAFOD volunteers have been visiting schools to share the news of the campaign by taking part in workshops, which taught the children how some children across the world are sometimes unable to reach their true potential due to poverty and a lack of renewable energy.

Many schools have been involved like St Brendan’s RC Primary which has been supporting this campaign.

Members of St John’s CAFOD Group have met Julie Cooper MP who signed one of the current CAFOD “Power to be” campaign cards which are calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people.


Lent and Harvest Fast Day – Zambia & El Salvador

This year during Lent Fast Day, many soup lunches were held! All of these actions helped Florence who lives in Zambia. Thanks to donations from CAFOD supporters, CAFOD’s partner in the area gave Florence tiny fish and they taught her to build fish ponds and care for the growing fishes – providing a way for her to help herself and her family.

This Harvest Fast Day has focused on the work with our partners doing in El Salvador on improving agriculture and healthcare. However, that has not been all.  This year’s Harvest day has also been marking 100 years since the Blessed Oscar Romero’s birth.el-salvador


This year, two of our Gappers – Lizzie and Sophie – finished their placement.

They shared their experience saying that: ‘Volunteering for CAFOD has given me such wide perspective on life.  I have developed my leadership skills and self-confidence by campaigning for CAFOD and sharing the stories of the people I encountered overseas in Ethiopia. Being able to go overseas and see the work that CAFOD do has just been my highlight of the year and it has been a privilege to be able to tell people, especially CAFOD supporters, about it, letting them know that what they are doing is really making a positive difference to our brothers and sisters across the world.”

On the other hand, CAFOD has also welcomed new gappers, including Sophie. She said: ‘By doing my placement at Leeds Trinity University, I hope to work with students on issues of social injustice, and help raise awareness of CAFODs work all over the world. I aim to show how much simple acts of giving, contacting your MP, or empowering people can have such a positive effect on people globally.’

We thank and encourage all of them in their future steps!!

Keep your eyes peeled for part two of CAFOD Salford’s 2017 highlights after the new year!

St Anne’s Primary support Power to Be

Recently we’ve been visiting schools and parishes to share the news of CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign, which believes that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things.

One in six people across the world live with no electricity and so we are calling on the World Bank’s UK representative, Melanie Robinson, to pledge investment into local, renewable energy that can transform lives.

St Anne’s Primary School, Audenshaw, have been showing their support for the Power to Be campaign with their very own schools visit from CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills.

St Anne's assembly

Children listening to Mrs Sivills’ assembly on CAFOD

The whole school had the opportunity to learn about CAFOD’s work around the world in an assembly, learning that worldwide one in ten people live in poverty.

The year sixes were then able to take part in a workshop, which taught the children about CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign and how some children across the world are sometimes unable to reach their true potential due to poverty and a lack of renewable energy.

Children at St Anne's

Children at St Anne’s writing to the world bank on their Power to Be sun rays

The class then wrote their messages to Melanie Robinson, the UK representative at the World Bank, encouraging her to invest more money into providing safe, renewable energy to people across the world.

CAFOD volunteer, Briege Sivills, said: “The school were delightful and the children really engaged in learning about CAFOD’s work.

“I presented the assembly stood by one of the school’s display boards, which said the word ‘justice’, which is exactly what CAFOD is about.

“The children will be continuing to support the Power to Be campaign by signing action cards.  Thank you to all the children and staff at St Anne’s!”

Miss Freeley, who co-ordinated the visit, added: “Mrs Sivills shared with us the harvest theme, ‘Brighten Up.’

“She then told us that when we raise money for CAFOD the money goes on training, safe spaces, education, small businesses, sharing skills and support.

“Thank you for coming in and sharing all about CAFOD with us!”

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If you, or anyone you know, are aged between 18 and 30 and have a passion for global justice, read on to learn more about CAFOD’s gap year programme.

Step into the gap

With the academic year and exams mostly over, many students will be looking forwards, and wondering where their next chapter will take them.

Why not kick-start those next steps with a Step into the Gap placement at CAFOD?

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Beginning in September 2017, the placement will give you the opportunity to develop your skills by volunteering in the UK, as well as visiting one of CAFOD’s international partners.

Living and working in one of our UK placements for the academic year, you will learn more about yourself, your faith and the world we live in while inspiring others to make a difference.

Two of our Gappers in the Salford diocese, Lizzie and Sophie, are just coming to the end of their placements.

Volunteers hold CAFOD signs

CAFOD Volunteers Sophie and Lizzie

Sophie Hull, who is originally from Blackpool and is volunteering at Just Youth, said: “I will never forget this year, I have enjoyed it so much!  I have gained so much confidence and developed my leadership skills hugely.

“Throughout the year I have been able to put my faith into action by going overseas to Ethiopia to see the work of CAFOD’s partners. On my return, I have been able to share the stories I have encountered there with communities in the UK.

“Being able to learn more about CAFOD and see CAFOD’s work first-hand has been a blessing and I am looking forward to carrying on volunteering for CAFOD on social justice in a bid to make the world more just.”

As well as limited remaining placements at Just Youth in Salford, there is a new opening for a placement in the South East, at St. Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury.

The successful applicant will spend the year at the residential youth centre which is owned by the religious order the de La Salle brothers, in West Berkshire. During the year, they will also visit an international CAFOD partner in Sierra Leone or Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Find out more and apply today