Many Thanks to Margaret for being a CAFOD Parish Volunteer for 27 Years

Margaret Chaplin receiving her medal.

Margaret Chaplin receiving her medal.

Congratulations to Margaret Chaplin from St Joseph’s Parish, Reading for receiving a diocesan medal for representing CAFOD in her parish for 27 years . During this time she has supported many CAFOD projects and encouraged her parish to raise an amazing £100,000 . She signed the parish up  to Connect2 Ethiopia in 2010 after supporting the focus Africa project.

Connect 2 Ethiopia

Connect 2 Ethiopia

The parish have been supporting the community in Sebeya  in the north of Ethiopia. The community have recently experienced the worst droughts in fifty years because of the failure of two rainy seasons which took them by surprise.

Bairagabr Gidey, a farmer sent this message to the Connect 2 parishes ” I would like to thank the Catholic church for all they have done. We are thankful for the seeds, the cash for work programmes, the water point  and the irrigation channels. The support continues to save the lives of the people who are the most in need.”

Many, many thanks to Margaret for her dedicated support of CAFOD over the years and for all that she has done to help her brothers and sisters overseas lift themselves out of poverty.

Interested in being a CAFOD volunteer in your parish?

Inspiring talk on Oscar Romero and CAFOD’s work in El Salvador .

Tania Dalton

Tania Dalton

Many thanks to Tania Dalton CAFOD’s Latin America Communications Officer for sharing her expertise and knowledge on the life of blessed Oscar Romero and CAFOD’s work in El Salvador at the Portsmouth Hispanic society’s meeting at Fratton Community centre last week.

Diane Hiley, Chairman of the society said “Thank you very much indeed for giving us such an interesting presentation, and as I said, so heartening to know of the dedicated work by good people in such bad circumstances.”

A HUGE thank you to the Portsmouth Hispanic Society for their very generous donation of £215 towards CAFOD’s work.

Would your parish like to Connect 2 a community in El Salvador? Punetecitos is a rural village in the west of El Salvador and the people are improving community life through organic farming methods and opening small businesses. Your parish can join Connect 2 by signing up on the website. Then a welcome pack will be sent with information about the community and ideas on how to fund raise. Regular updates are sent from the community so that the parish can see the difference their donations are making and there is also an opportunity for the parish to respond by to send cards and photos back  so that the two communities become connected.


Bring & Buy in Chandler’s Ford raises £400 for Connect2 Peru

St Edward's Bring & Buy sale

St Edward’s Bring & Buy sale

Many thanks to the fantastic CAFOD group at St Edward’s church Chandler’s Ford for organising a Bring & Buy to raise money for Connect2 Peru on Wednesday 17th May. Many people supported the event by bringing in items to sell such as books, jams, honey and cakes. Tea and coffee was  provided so that the shoppers could have a well earned rest and an amazing £400 was raised to help CAFOD projects in Peru. Continue reading