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One Climate One World at Grays Convent

March 18, 2015


Year 9 at Grays Convent welcomed CAFOD into school to run a session on climate change.

Climate change is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty. The people we work with are experiencing the effects of changes in climate right now, whether it’s typhoons or floods destroying entire communities, or unpredictable seasons for farmers leaving millions hungry. Climate change is undoing years of people’s work to improve their lives.

The morning began with looking at Martin’s story. Martin is 12 and lives in Myanmar/Burma. When Martin was six, his village was struck by Cyclone Nargis. His father ran with him to the local school and they hid there for the night hoping they would survive. They did, but many people did not. You can read more about Martin here >>





The students then had an opportunity to design their own comics. Comics can be used to campaign and make people aware of issues. It’s important to get your voice heard. There were some great comics produced by the end of the session.

Everyone had an opportunity to look at each others work and there were some great examples.

Following a short reflection, students took time out for some silent reflection.

After finding out more about the One Climate One World campaign, students had the opportunity to take part in the campaign by writing pledges and messages for tackling climate change.


During the break, Eleanor and Morgan from Year 11 came in to present a cheque for £1309.24. They had raised this through various activities, including a 24 hour fast and sleepover and selling hot chocolate during the break. They asked for this donation to be sent to the Ebola appeal.


EVENT: Wednesday 17 June Speak Up for the Love Of

February 26, 2015


Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or simply passionate about your faith and our world, join us and The Climate Coalition at Speak Up For The Love Of… in London on Wednesday 17 June (12-5pm) and tell your MP about the things you love that you could lose to climate change.

As well as speaking to your MP, there will be:

•An ecumenical service where we can join in worship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ

•An interfaith moment to reflect our universal mandate to care for creation

•Craft activities for all ages

•A rally to celebrate, with music and talks from A-list celebrities

Register to attend here, where you can also download a Speak Up For The Love Of poster, flier and short talk to be delivered at Mass, and please spread the word! Or you can order free hard copies by going to our shop.

One month on from the general election, 17 June will be your big opportunity to tell politicians about the issues you care most about and want to see action on in 2015 and beyond.

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Clean water



EVENT: St Bede’s Parish, Chadwell Heath Cake Sale – Sunday 22 February 9am-noon

February 19, 2015

If you’re near St Bede’s parish, Bishops Avenue, Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM6 5RS on Sunday 22 February, drop in for a cake sale 9am-noon. We’re told there is an army of volunteers busily baking!

Julia and Amelia Julia Galea (pictured left with her grand-daughter, Amelia) is taking part in the London Marathon, raising funds for CAFOD and The Annabelle Rose Foundation. Her daughter, Odette, writes:

“My mum took up running around 3 years ago. She has always been into fitness and as myself and sister ran with our local club she decided she would give it a go, never thinking that she would run a marathon!!

Mum received her marathon place thanks to the Ilford Running Club whom she is a member of and chose to run for both CAFOD and a local charity of whom a friend of mine set up; The Annabelle Rose Foundation.

Prior to her training, her furthest distance was 13 miles (half marathon) and she has been very disciplined in getting out to do her training runs. She is very excited about doing the marathon and keen to raise a great amount for both charities!”

So let them eat cake this weekend!

Good luck Julia!

EVENT: Thursday 9 April Hanningfield Family Walk

February 19, 2015


Join us for a lovely walk around Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir, with children’s trail and games. This is a great way to spend a morning during the Easter holidays.

DSC_0101 We meet at the Visitors Centre from 11 am for a 11.30 start and then follow the trail through the woods and alongside the reservoir, visiting bird hides and watching the wildlife along the way.

Bring your own picnic. Tea and coffee are available from the Cafe. For more details contact the CAFOD Brentwood Office or phone 0208 502 9722.

£5 suggested donation per adult, children go free. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Under the UK Aid Match Scheme the UK government will match pound for pound every donation given to CAFOD up to a value of £5 million.

Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Hawkswood Road, Downham
CM11 1WT

Sorry no dogs

Lent Fast Day – Life after the storm

February 18, 2015


Lent Fast Day is on 27 February 2015

Life after the storm

Rebuilding your life after a devastating storm can seem an impossible task. But it was what Kyin Nu and her husband had to do after a cyclone ripped through their community. They lost their business, the food they had worked so hard to produce and worst of all, two of their daughters were killed.

Cyclone Nargis was the strongest cyclone ever to hit Myanmar (formerly named Burma). Over 150,000 people died, and 2.4 million were affected. Half of Kyin Nu’s village were killed. As with many storms, the poorest people suffered the most.

It has been a long, hard struggle for Kyin Nu, but your donations to CAFOD have made a real difference to the community. By planting trees, providing animals and paying people to rebuild roads and protective embankments, we have helped Kyin Nu and the rest of her community get back on their feet.

Donate now and double the difference* you make to people like Kyin Nu

Lent-round-badge-simple-version-1-2_layout-small-donation *Lent matched funding offer only valid for donations to the CAFOD Lent Appeal up to a total of £5 million, and for donations received between 18 February and 17 May 2015.

Find out more about Lent Fast Day 2015 and download resources, including prayer cards, readings and bidding prayers. There is also a Lenten calendar to guide you through the daily Scriptures of Lent and inspire you to give, act and pray for the world’s poorest people.

Secondary and primary school resources also available

Step into the Gap Zimbabwe – Lizzie & Leila

February 5, 2015


Follow Leila on her Step into the Gap Zimbabwe journey

Originally posted on CAFOD blog:

Lizzie is working as a chaplain at Newman University and Leila is a volunteer at the Good Shepherd in Nelson, respectively. They are both visiting Zimbabwe as part of CAFOD‘s Step into the Gap programme.

We’ve spent the past week in the west of Zimbabwe, in a place called Binga. And what a week it’s been. We’ve visited so many great projects and met so many inspirational communities, it’s hard to know where to begin. So here are just a couple of highlights from our week.

18-30? Learn about CAFOD’s gap year with a difference

Lizzie says:

For me, Binga has been an extremely memorable and moving experience. In Siamtelele village, Moyo Mthatshelwa, a 49-year-old farmer, warmly welcomed us with a traditional lunch of sadza, goat’s intestines, spinach, groundnut maize, sour milk and crumbled bread, all produced off their farm. I was touched by the generosity of his family. Moyo explained…

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18-30? Looking for a gap year with a difference?

January 30, 2015

Step into the Gap is a life changing opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain work experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas.

You will live and work in one of our UK placements for a year, learning more about yourself, your faith and the world we live in and you’ll inspire others to make a difference in the world.

Closing date for a September 2015 start is Monday 23 February 2015.

Visit the website for blogs from current Gappers (currently in Nicaragua and Zimbabwe), videos from previous Gappers, application forms, Q&As and more!

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Denise accompanied Gappers to Sierra Leone in 2013. Pictured (L-R): Carmel, Joe, Denise, Pete and Iona

Have you thought about being a schools volunteer?

January 15, 2015

Could you give a few hours a month to CAFOD and join our team of school volunteers in bringing the work of CAFOD and social justice to life?


CAFOD has always seen the education of children and young people in the area of global justice as an integral part of its work. CAFOD is looking for volunteers with good communication skills and who enjoy working with children and young people to expand their horizons towards a global society.

Experience in school or with children is not essential but may help. All volunteers undertake 2 days training and need to complete references and full Safeguarding disclosure.

After training, volunteers can buddy with other volunteers before visiting primary and secondary schools around the Diocese to inform children and young people about CAFOD’s work. Often giving presentations in assemblies or working with smaller groups of pupils running engaging activities about social justice.

Mike, who joined our team of volunteers last year before leaving for a teaching role, said of the buddy system:

Hi Mary, I went to school with John this morning. It was a marvellous occasion. John engaged the school (360 of them) with great skill and good humour. John was very supportive and encouraging. The Headmistress was very friendly and the school children were attentive and thoughtful. I am now very keen to prepare for and undertake my first presentation.”

The next training takes place on Thursday 5 February and Thursday 19 March 2015, in Romero House, Waterloo.

To request an application form or to find out more about volunteering in schools, contact or phone 0208 502 9722

EVENT: Understanding CAFOD Day 24 January 2015 – Make 2015 the year to volunteer!

January 8, 2015

Happy new year from CAFOD Brentwood! It’s that time again when many of us set personal targets for the year ahead. Usually, this is a chance to focus on self-improvement, such as cutting out a bad habit or learning a new skill. But what about a resolution that helps others? What resolution can you make to help our brothers and sisters in developing communities around the World?

UC 2014

Join us at this year’s Understanding CAFOD Day on Saturday, 24 January, and find out how you can stand in solidarity with people facing poverty and injustice by making 2015 the year to volunteer!

Understanding CAFOD Day is the perfect opportunity to find out everything you’ve ever wondered about CAFOD, and more! Join other volunteers, meet some of CAFOD’s staff, and learn how you can help make a difference with this fun and interactive day workshop.

The morning session will give you a good introduction to CAFOD as an organisation. You’ll learn about the vision, mission, and values which form the basis of CAFOD’s work, CAFOD’s history, how CAFOD is funded, and how CAFOD is working throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to see how to get involved with CAFOD’s work with a series of workshops:

■CAFOD in your parish: Learn more about how CAFOD is being brought to life by volunteers in parishes throughout England and Wales. You’ll hear about CAFOD’s Fast Day appeals, how to organise CAFOD events in your parish, and other ways CAFOD is helping to support parish life.

■One Climate, One World – Campaigning with CAFOD: Help CAFOD to challenge those in power to make a case for the world’s poorest communities. You’ll learn more about CAFOD’s new campaign, One Climate One World, and how we are calling for urgent, immediate action to fight climate change. You’ll also learn about other ways in which you can take action with CAFOD, such as supporting Fairtrade.

■Education Volunteers- Working with Children and Young People: If you want the opportunity to inspire future generations to take action in the fight against poverty, this workshop is for you! You will learn about how CAFOD is working with children and young people throught England and Wales, see a CAFOD workshop in action, and learn more about how to get involved yourself.

You will have the chance to attend two of the above workshops, and there will also be the chance to ask any questions you may have about CAFOD during the course of the day.

The day will take place in Amigo Hall, next to St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HR, from 10am to 4pm. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day, and a light lunch will also be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch to supplement this if you would so like.

Visit to book your places now! If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact CAFOD Brentwood or phone 0208 502 9722

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy 2015

December 19, 2014
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Peru – Condoraque community

We take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given both the office and CAFOD over the past twelve months.

Those who have prayed for our work …. taken part in sponsored events …. spoken at Mass …. taken part in a campaign action …. joined us on a walk, a rally, at an event …. supported World Gifts …. donated to Emergencies …. fundraised in any way …. volunteered in schools …. volunteered in parishes …. volunteered in the office …. held a quiz night …. supported Connect:2 …. so many ways, so many people, so many stories.

As many of us gather to celebrate with friends and family this Christmas, we hold in prayer those affected by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who are unable to gather with friends and family. We also remember the 10th anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami and continue to pray for peace in Syria, South Sudan and the ceasefire and rebuilding in Gaza.

Bridges of reconciliation
Prince of Peace,
you were born into a world
where terror reigned and fear ruled
and live today in a world crucified by war.
Fill us with your passion for justice
that wherever we see evil abound
we may live to disturb its path
and strive to build bridges of reconciliation.
In the darkness, beckon us with your kindly light
that we never lose sight of your vision of peace
in which the lion lies down with the lamb.
Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD

The CAFOD Brentwood office will be closed from Tuesday 23 December, reopening Monday 5 January 2015.

Joanna, Denise and Mary


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