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Do something amazing ….

April 17, 2015

… and email your parliamentary candidates

Climate change is the greatest threat to reducing poverty and it’s making life much harder for the people who already struggle to support themselves and their families. But the good news is that you can do something about it.

BernieCampaigner Bernie has been getting campaign cards signed by her family, parishioners at St Augustine’s in Barkingside and the CWL (Catholic Women’s League) to add their voices to ask party leaders and parliamentary candidates what they are going to do to tackle climate change.

Also, a reminder that if you have any signed campaign cards please send them to arrive by 23 April for a hand-in on 6 May.

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There is an election guide with questions to ask candidates if they knock at your door or you go to a hustings. Together with CSAN, the domestic social action agency of the Catholic Church, CAFOD supporters have the chance to speak out against injustice and poverty with a united voice, and to ask questions of parliamentary candidates at a time when they want to hear about the issues that matter to you most.

Questions for election candidates:
Q1: What will you do to make work pay?
Q2: What will you do to guarantee access to a
genuinely affordable home?
Q3: What will you do to speak out for the poorest
and most vulnerable people around the world?
Q4: What will you do to make tackling climate
change a priority and to prevent it pushing
people deeper into poverty overseas?

Finally, don’t forget to put the lobby event Speak Up for Climate Change into your diaries. Wednesday 17 June.

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Hanningfield Family Walk

April 10, 2015

We arrived at Hanningfield Reservoir in fog, but by the time people started arriving the sun had broken through.

Over 30 supporters joined us for a lovely walk through the nature reserve, with children collecting clues along the way.

Having seen most of the seasons in one morning, it was pointed out that whilst we appreciated the sun shining and rain might have put a dampener on the walk, for many people across the world the changing climate affects their livelihoods, food and water supplies.

The One Climate One World costume was a hit with the children – who appeared to know quite a lot about the changing climate.

Once we arrived at the pic-nic area, the games began. The “world parachute” proved a great success and another opportunity to talk about the changing climate and areas in the world CAFOD works in.

The children gave in their completed quiz sheets, with the clues spelling Just One World and each received a certificate and chocolate (well, it is the Easter holidays).

Thank you to everyone who came along and to Gayle at Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir for once again making us so welcome. Thanks also to Tom for taking the photos.

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Sinteyo, sun and solar

April 8, 2015

Sinteyo’s story

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For Sinteyo Legei, a widowed mother of five, life is tough. She lives in a small Maasai village in Kenya with no electricity, and since her husband died, she’s been the main breadwinner for her family.

But in recent years, things have got even harder. “When I was a girl, the climate was very predictable,” says Sinteyo. “But now things have changed. The rains are very unpredictable. We have more droughts, less rain, and life is more difficult for my generation.”

“Less rain means less pasture for our animals. This means we can’t get milk because the goats and sheep are not eating well enough. It is very difficult to sell the animals because their bodies are weak. And food becomes difficult to get because the crops are not doing well.”

When a devastating drought hit in 2011, most of Sinteyo’s animals died, and – because of the failed harvest – food prices shot up. For whole days, her family had nothing to eat.

Soon after, our local partner Caritas Isiolo helped Sinteyo and other women in her community set up a greenhouse, irrigated by a solar-powered pump that delivers water from the nearby river. They grow tomatoes to sell at the market. Solar panel women's group

While Kenya doesn’t have much rain, it gets plenty of sunshine. Solar-power is proving a cheap, easy-to-maintain and effective source of energy for irrigation and other important needs like lighting.

With the climate changing there is a need for people to work together,” she explains. “When there are no rains it’s important to support each other – you need your neighbour. If we don’t work together, we are alone, and we will not survive alone.”

Climate change is the biggest threat to reducing poverty that exists today. We can make a difference if we act together. Join our One Climate, One World campaign today.

One Climate One World at Grays Convent

March 18, 2015

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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 >>

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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.

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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.

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EVENT: Wednesday 17 June Speak Up for the Love Of

February 26, 2015

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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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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

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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 brentwood@cafod.org.uk 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
Billericay
Essex
CM11 1WT

Sorry no dogs

Lent Fast Day – Life after the storm

February 18, 2015

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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

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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


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