Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

CAFOD is providing emergency relief to those whose lives have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on Friday 8 November.

Tacloban City[REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco courtesy of alertnet]

Tacloban City[REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco courtesy of alertnet]

The typhoon has had a catastrophic impact on the lives of millions of people. Many have lost their homes, their possessions and their means of making a living. They will need emergency shelter, support in rebuilding their homes, and essential household goods – like blankets, clothes, pots, pans and cooking equipment – to replace those that have been lost.

People in isolated areas, and in those cut off by damage from the storm, are facing severe food shortages. With the power down in many areas, water supplies have also been cut off, so many communities need support with clean water and sanitation to prevent the spread of disease.

The recent earthquake that centred on Bohol island affected about three million people and destroyed thousands of homes. The typhoon has added to the damage and cut off vital aid supplies.

The typhoon may also cause widespread humanitarian needs elsewhere in South-East Asia. We are concerned about the impact of the storm in Cambodia, where more than 140,000 people are already homeless because of the recent floods.

What are CAFOD and its partners doing?

Photo: Caritas

Photo: Caritas

We are working with Catholic Relief Services and with Caritas Philippines (known locally as NASSA) to provide food, emergency shelter and essential household goods – like pots, pans, blankets and cooking equipment – for people who have lost everything. In the longer term, we will help people to rebuild their homes and to make a living again. Because of the scale of the flooding and because roads have been blocked, some parts of the country remain difficult to reach – but our local partners are rapidly scaling up their response in the worst hit areas.

Photo: Caritas

Photo: Caritas

We are also continuing to provide food, shelter and emergency supplies on the island of Bohol, which has been hit by an earthquake and the typhoon in quick succession.

How can people donate
Many parishes are organising a second collection this coming weekend. Alternatively, please donate online

£18 can buy a family hygiene kit.

£54 can give six families emergency shelter.

£135 can buy essential household supplies, such as blankets and cooking pots for 10 families.

£200 can buy clean water kits for 40 families.

On behalf of the people of the Philippines, thank you.

Harvest Fast Day 4th October: Make a place at your table


This Harvest Fast Day (Friday 4th October), CAFOD asks you to make a place for families around the world who don’t have enough to eat.

Around the world, one in eight of all men, women and children go to bed hungry. There is enough food to feed everyone but the way it is grown, sold and distributed means that some of the world’s poorest people do not get their fair share.

CAFOD is asking you to put an extra pound aside after your weekly grocery shop or for children to save a small part of their pocket money and donate that money to CAFOD. These funds will then be shared with some of the poorest people in the world and make a long-term difference in the fight against global hunger.

Please make a place at your table and consider a regular gift to CAFOD

Proverbs 22:9 “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor”

CAFOD’s patron Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is encouraging people to take up CAFOD’s call to ‘Make a Place at your Table’, not just for Harvest but in the long term.

The Cardinal said:

“I’ve been privileged to visit some of the countries where CAFOD works. There I have sat and talked with people who, often due to circumstances beyond their control, struggle to provide for themselves and their families. It grieves my heart to see their God-given potential wasted and to watch how they have been excluded from the feast that God spreads for us all.

“Making a place at your table for our brothers and sisters around the world who face hunger and hardship is a powerful way to express our shared faith and to show God’s love in action.”

‘Concert for CAFOD’ comes to Chigwell Convent

Whilst most of the country was watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon or making the most of the lovely weather, 60 CAFOD supporters enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of beautiful singing, music and reflections in the Chapel of Chigwell Convent, with a refreshing glass of Pimms during the interval on the lawn in the lovely surroundings

Meditation - Janice Bright, Cathy Pargeter, Michael Wigley, Thom Friedlein and Pat Ezra

Janice Bright, Cathy Pargeter, Michael Wigley, Thom Friedlein and Pat Ezra

Michael Wigley’s folk band, ‘Meditation’, performed ‘The Journey’ – a delightful harmonising of songs and readings following the life of Jesus. It was a relaxing and uplifting afternoon listening to talented performances from Pat Ezra, Janice bright, Cathy Pargeter, Thom Friedlein and Michael Wigley.

Joanna, Denise and Mary from CAFOD Brentwood, would like to thank all the members of Mediation, past and present, for their generosity of time and talents given in performances all over the Diocese on behalf of CAFOD. A special ‘thank you’ must also go to the Community at Chigwell Convent for their hospitality and to Sr Patricia for her help on the day.

After the concert special presentations were made to celebrate the achievements of two of CAFOD Brentwood’s very energetic fundraisers: Peter Tree from Thurrock, who ran this year’s London Marathon in memory of his childhood friend, Antony Mahony, who used to work for CAFOD and Mel Cormican who cycled 3,000 miles with friend Craig Hunter, through 11 countries from Southend to St Petersburg. Both received a copy of CAFOD’s 50th Anniversary commemorative book.

It is very hard to describe the wonderful performance by ‘Meditation’ but all who see and hear it find it truly uplifting. If you would like them to come along to your parish, please contact the CAFOD Brentwood office or phone 0208 502 9722 and we will be happy to make the arrangements.

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