A special table top sale was held last month at the Emsworth Community Centre to help raise money for refugees around the world. Local resident Jackie Stott very kindly organised the event and volunteers brought cakes, books and other items to sell in aid of many different agencies working with refugees. Our volunteer, Maureen Thompson, also held a stall and received £158.60 for our Refugee Crisis Appeal. This included generous donations from the parishoners of SS Thomas’ in Emsworth too. Thank you everyone!
Havant MP Alan Mak also lent his support to the event by meeting stall-holders and local Havant Councillor Brendan Gray Gibb organised the raffle with prizes from local businesses. Brendan also very generously donated the proceeds of the raffle to our appeal. Thank you so much!
At the moment, CAFOD is supporting supporting Church partners in Syria, who are providing food parcels, medical aid and relief supplies and helping people to find safe places to stay, in areas held by both government and opposition forces. The extensive community networks of the Church, even as a minority faith, mean that it is well placed to provide aid in some of the worst hit and most inaccessible areas of the country. We are also working with partners in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
In Europe our sister agencies in the Caritas network are providing aid to refugees in almost every country in Europe. We are directly supporting Caritas Greece and Caritas Serbia, who are providing food, water, shelter and emergency supplies like nappies and hygiene items, raincoats and sleeping-bags to thousands of refugees every day. The governments of both countries are struggling to cope with the crisis.
Watch our short film below where children in Lesbos speak about their experiences.