Guernsey parishioners raise £2972 for World Gift Goats

Goats display

Goats display

Many thanks to all the Guernsey parishioners who supported the World Gifts fundraising project during advent. The amazing amount of £2972 is enough to buy 105 goats from World Gifts. Goats provide a family with up to 12 pints of milk a week which they can drink or sell and they also produce free fertiliser that can be used to help grow crops.

So a HUGE thank you to Liz Dene and the CAFOD parish volunteers for organising and promoting this fundraising project.

Don’t forget that World Gifts are not just for Christmas they can be bought to celebrate Baptisms, Holy Communion, Confirmations and Weddings.

Goats display

Goats display

Support Lent Family Fast Day and Help Those at Risk of Malnutrition.

Marian's Family

Marian’s Family

Respond to malnutrition in Zimbabwe this Lent with Family Fast Day

Marjorie Henry-Lawrence who lives in the diocese of Southwark is one of their office volunteers. She’s shared with us what she has discovered about malnutrition from the CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing.

‘I was dismayed to hear that across the world, malnutrition still kills almost three million children every year! I had absolutely no idea about this.  It is so sad to hear that for children who survive malnutrition, the effects can be long-lasting. Lack of nutritious food can stunt growth and even if children have a good diet in later life, the effects of early malnutrition remain, for example many undernourished children never reach their full height potential.

It was fascinating to hear that in Zimbabwe the collapse of the economy, combined with climate change has led to the country struggling to produce enough food for everyone to eat. It is so sad to know that in Zimbabwe, one in four children under five have stunted growth from not getting enough decent food.

It’s very exciting to learn that CAFOD’s response means we can do something about it. I was touched by Marian’s story. To know that Tawanda was so hungry he’d sit in the same place all day is terrible. To know that Marian’s youngest son, Svondo, is healthy and growing well because CAFOD’s partners supported Marian by giving her vegetable seeds, nutrition and farming training inspires me to participate in the Lent Family Fast Day in my parish.

The UK-AID matching up all donations to 5 million means that all our efforts can be doubled… how inspiring .’

If you want to hear more about Zimbabwe and CAFOD’s response come to one of our Lent briefings -places are still available so book yours today.

27 January 10am to 12pm at Our Lady of Sorrows & St Philip Benizi  Salisbury road Fordingbridge SP6 1EG

30 January  7:15pm to 9:15pm Sacred Heart Church  Hartlands road Fareham PO16 0NL

3 February 10:30am to 1pm St Bede’s Church hall Popley Way Basingstoke RG24 9DX at this meeting Thom Flint CAFOD’s Film & Photography Content Producer will talk about his recent visit to Zimbabwe.

8 February 7:15pm to 9:15pm English Martyrs Church 64 Liebenrood road Reading RG30 2EB

Please book your place at which ever meeting is most convenient to you by emailing portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or call 01252 329385

 

 

Isabel, our Step into the Gap Volunteer takes off….

Isabel Marsh Step into the Gap volunteer

Isabel Marsh Step into the Gap volunteer

Our Step into the Gap volunteer Isabel Marsh, who is based at St Cassian retreat centre Kintbury is off to El Salvador to visit a CAFOD partner and see our work in action. She has written about her thoughts and feelings before she leaves, and we look forward to hearing about her trip when she returns.

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