Wow! Parishioners at St John the Baptist in Andover have raised a colossal £900 for our work overseas by holding a series of Lenten soup lunches throughout March and April. Thank you so much everyone! Over 30 people attended the lunches on average and all have enjoyed the delicious homemade soups on offer, with flavours varying from carrot and coriander to pea and ham. They sound great!
CAFOD volunteer Jenny LeLean said:
“It is lovely to see the church community sitting down together and chatting, long after the soup has finished. It is enjoyed all the more knowing the positive impact our donations will have for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”
Parish administrator Teresa Lynam said:
“It’s a great way for our smaller donations to be magnified so CAFOD is able to help more of the poorest communities in our world.”
This Lent, CAFOD is working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. This means that many families do not have enough money to meet basic needs such as food, housing and clothing.
CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills so those most in need understand how to get a better price for their goods, market them and even set up business partnerships.
By training individuals in the community, they will be able to share their new knowledge and empower the whole community. The money raised by St. John the Baptist will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.
Find out more about this life-changing work by watching our film below:
Thank you so much to everyone at St John the Baptist! An amazing amount to have raised! Thank you to all the cooks and all the people that came along to support each lunch!