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!
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.
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!