Hanningfield Family Walk

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

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

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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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