Staff at St Bede’s Primary School explore the plight of refugees.

St Bede's Staff

St Bede’s Staff

Many thanks to Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading area for exploring the plight of refugees with staff from St Bede’s Primary in Basingstoke . They took part in a CAFOD workshop called “On the Move” which simulates the situation of refugees who have to leave their homes at short notice because of war or violence. Part of the workshop explores discussing which items you would take with you if you only had 10 minutes to pack a bag, and then reflecting on whether these would be the best items to take afterwards. The workshop gives a real insight into the difficulties refugees face when they are forced to leave their homes and travel to safety.

Staff at St Bede's

Staff at St Bede’s

Our school volunteers work in Primary and Secondary schools across the diocese delivering assemblies and workshops about CAFOD’s work. We are always looking for more school volunteers so if you are interested please contact  or call 01252 329385

Linda shares Rabiul’s story with Primary Schools in Reading.

Rabiul and his family

Rabiul and his family

Many thanks to Linda Heneghan our CAFOD school volunteer in the Reading Area for visiting the schools in Reading to tell them about Lent family fast day and share with them the Rabiul’s story.

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Rabiul and his family live in Bangladesh next to a river but their village is on the other side of the river. He has to cross the river by boat to get to school each day. His family relies on the fish in the river for food but last year there was a drought and the river dried up and all the fish died. So Rabiul’s mum has to do odd jobs for neighbours in return for rice but it is not enough and sometimes the family only have water for dinner.

We want to help Rabiul and his family and other families around the world who are struggling to get enough to eat. Did you know just £1 buys a young tree that can provide fruit like guava and coconut? £8 buys rice seeds that Rabiul’s family can use. £26 buys 10 ducks. £167 can build a pond for the family to breed fish. You can support the Lent family fast day appeal by giving on online here. 


CAFOD Speaking Competition in Isle of Wight

The Winners

The Winners

On Tuesday 5th March Year 6 pupils from three primary schools in the Isle of Wight took part in the annual CAFOD Speak Up competition at Christ the King College. The theme of the talk was clean water and the children had to research how many countries do not have access to clean water and how it affects people’s lives. All the children delivered heart-felt speeches which raised the awareness of how unfair life is for people in developing countries and how CAFOD work hard to change this unfairness.  The passion and confidence with which all the children spoke was truly amazing . However in the end the judges awarded St Blasius school with the trophy.

Well done to all the children who took part and many thanks to their teachers and parents for supporting them . Also a special thank you to Rosemary Peacock and Liz Burden our CAFOD school volunteers who organised the competition .