Wow what a fantastic Harvest meeting we had last night at St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Church in Bracknell. Thank you to Yvonne Scott and Bill Taylor our parish volunteers there for organising the meeting and providing the refreshments . Forty-three people came to hear about CAFOD’s work in Peru, and Uganda which is our focus country for Harvest Fast day 2019. They were a mixture of our parish volunteers from Reading, Berkshire and Great Park Pastoral Areas and a large number of parishioners from St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow parish. Many thanks to Fr Danny for encouraging them to come!
Thank you to Jess Michelmore our Communications Officer for Latin America who gave an inspiring talk about CAFOD’s work with our partners Warmi Huasi in Lima. Warmi Huasi provide safe places for children to play and study in the outskirts of Lima. It also helps the children improve their own environment by getting involved with local government. This has been so successful that now 70% of the costs of running the Warmi Huasi ‘s Children clubs are now being provided by the community themselves!
This Harvest our focus country is Uganda. Fabiano is a 14 years old boy who lives in Karamoja Uganda and until recently he had to walk 5 km each day to collect water for his family. But donations from CAFOD supporters have enabled local experts to build a solar powered pump in Fabiano’s village and now it only takes him 3 minutes to collect water. This means that Fabiano has more time for his studies and also growing vegetables for his family.
On Friday 4th October, family fast day please have a simple meal and donate the money that you save so that more families can have access to a safe, clean supply of water in their villages.
We have 4 more Harvest meetings so please do join us:-
7 September St Bede’s Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm. At this meeting Elouise Hobbs Regional News Officer will talk about her recent trip to Lebanon to visit CAFOD projects there.
18 September St Colmans Cosham Portsmouth 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Jess Michelmore Communications Officer for Latin America will talk about our work in Columbia.
21 September St Edmund Campion Bournemouth 2:30pm to 4:30pm
21 September St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes Isle of Wight 10:30 am to 12:30pm.