Inspiring talk by Gisele, CAFOD’s Sustainability & Technical Leader at St Luke’s Theale

Parish Volunteers

Parish Volunteers

What a fantastic Lent fast day  meeting we had on Saturday with an inspirational talk by Gisele Henriques CAFOD’s Sustainability and Technical lead on how we support and develop social enterprises .Many thanks to Monica Morris our Parish Volunteer Coordinator for West Berkshire Area and parish volunteer at St Luke’s for organising the meeting and for baking the most delicious cakes . Also thanks to St Luke’s for hosting the meeting and to Fr Peter for his support.

Gisele Henriques

Gisele Henriques

Gisele shared with us the reasons for supporting  social enterprises:-

  • Optimising the potential of the local economy – local producers meet local demand
  • Support people’s capacity to do for themselves – Dignity and right to the right livelihood
  • Move beyond aid/ dependence to support human flourishing
  • Support enterprises to become fully independent
  • We like to support enterprises that do no harm to the natural environment and if possible aim to protect it.

Gisele shared an example of a successful social enterprise which was bee keeping in Nicaragua. This is an ecological and social enterprise as the bees pollinate the crops and also produce honey which the women can sell.

Talk by Gisele

Talk by Gisele

After Gisele’s talk we looked at the Lent fast day materials and explored the reasons why CAFOD works with local experts. Sr Consilia from Zimbabwe is featured on the Lent fast day poster and she is pharmacist in Gowke region who supports mothers and their babies. Here is her story…

We have 4 other Lent fast day meetings around the diocese:

Saturday 8th February St Anne’s Church Brockenhurst SO42 7SR  from 10:30am to 12:30pm at this meeting Sarah Burrows Emergency Programme Officer will be talking about her recent visit to CAFOD projects in Lebanon and Jordan.

Monday 10th February Sacred Heart & St Peter the Apostle Waterlooville PO7 7SR from 7:15pm to 9pm at this meeting Sally Kitchener CAFOD’s Content Manager will speak about our work in Zimbabwe.

 Saturday 15th February St Bede’s Church Basingstoke RG24 9DX from 10:15am to 12:15 pm at this meeting Lizzie Funnell Programme Officer  for the Middle East will speak about our work there. 

 Saturday 22nd February St Thomas of Canterbury Cowes PO31 7TJ   11am to 1pm followed by a soup lunch. At this meeting Maria Gonzalez CAFOD’s head of International Development will be talking about her recent visit to Zimbabwe to visit CAFOD’s projects.

So please book your place by emailing  or call 01252 329385

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