We were pleased that nearly all our schools volunteers were able to come along to a “Refresher Day” to look at the Lent Fast Day resources for primary and secondary schools. Vicky from the Community Fundraising team in Romero House also joined us.
Lent Fast Day is on Friday 2nd March and this year’s theme is Water. Did you know that one child under the age of five dies every 20 seconds because of dirty water? and that A child loses their life every 20 seconds from diarrhoea caused by dirty water?
This Lent your generosity is being recognised by the UK Government. With UK Aid Match funding they will match pound for pound every donation given to CAFOD! So, for every £1 you give, CAFOD will receive an extra £1 to help more of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people.
Volunteers Angela and Lesley took us
through an example of a primary assembly and Peter showed us an example of a secondary assembly – plenty of bottles of dirty water! After lunch the volunteers were set the task of making a water filter – and if you would like to have a go, full instructions are on the website.
Primary schools are being asked to Make a Splash for Lent
CAFOD works in over 40 countries around the world, where we play our part in tackling the water and sanitation crisis. For example, in villages in Zimbabwe and Zambia, we drill community boreholes, provide families with latrines and encourage people to get involved in health and hygiene training.
Secondary Schools are asked to “Give it up” for Lent. Lent is a time when we stop and reflect on our lives. It’s a time when we are encouraged to feel closer to God, and to think about the lives of others. By giving it up for CAFOD you can express the transformative message of Lent: the changes that you make and the actions that you take can create a lasting transformation in the lives of people living in poverty.
YOU can get involved NOW! Our faith calls us to act – to let justice flow like a river Email the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and call on him to lead the world in demanding clean water and safe sanitation for all. Together, we can turn the tide on water poverty.