Henry our parish volunteer at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Edward in Lyndhurst has a unique way of encouraging parishioners to donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal by offering them fresh eggs from his hens with the fast day envelope.
This Lent we are featuring Abdella and his walk for water in our materials. Abdella lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. It is one of the hottest places on earth. He spends nearly all his time collecting water just to keep his family alive. He walks for ten hours a day and is shattered. He has no time to lead the life he wants; he must keep walking.
Abdella tells us: “The journey for water is so long we have to leave early from the village while it is still dark. I feel tired, I feel hungry. It is very boring. It is hard but I have no choice. I walk through the [dried out] riverbed, then climb into the mountains, then down into a valley, then climb another mountain to finally get to the water.”
Abdella is 23 and he has big dreams. He dreams of starting a small business. He dreams of starting a family. He knows that if there was water near his home, his family wouldn’t have to worry any more about getting enough to stay alive. And he could start on the dreams he has for the rest of his life.
CAFOD, works with people in poverty around the world. There are millions of people like Abdella; one in three people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. But with your help, we can reach out and make a powerful difference to many people. You can donate to our Lent appeal here.
Once again (last Saturday 12th May) the fabulous annual plant and cake sale broke its own fundraising record and raised a staggering £3,600 for Connect2 Ethiopia.
Henry Rosenvinge who organised the sale told us “The sun shone, the people came out in support, the village traffic came to a deadlock, there were queues at the gate and at the refreshments, there was much chatter and lots of smiles, the CAFOD banners fluttered in the breeze, and the Sale raised over £3,600 for Connect2 Ethiopia which is another record for us.”
A HUGE THANK YOU to Henry and Nuala and all the volunteers who supported the sale by growing plants, making cakes and helping to sell on the day. Many thanks to all those who came along and bought plants and cakes.
In our Connect2 community in Sebeya, in northern Ethiopia, drought threatens hundreds of families who rely on farming for survival. CAFOD is helping vulnerable households with food and seeds, new water points and dams for irrigation.
Fiseha from Ethiopia helping to build an irrigation channel.
The Catholic Church in Lyndhurst is holding its eighth annual plant and cake sale on Sat 12th May from 10.00 till 12.00 at Dunelm Silver Street, Emery Down Lyndhurst SO43 7DX. All proceeds will go towards CAFOD’s project Connect2 Ethiopia which helps vulnerable households with food and seeds, new water points and dams for irrigation.
Fiseha from Ethiopia helping to build an irrigation canal
There will be masses of flower and vegetable plants for sale, a tombola and garden bric-à-brac stall. The cake stall will be superb, and entry, which will include coffee/tea and cakes, is £2.
Henry Rosenvinge, organiser and co-host with his wife Nuala, says that this is a wonderful opportunity for people to meet, share refreshments and support CAFOD’s work in an area of perpetual drought and poverty, as well as to buy plants and cakes at very competitive prices. Last year the sale raised over £3,000, and it is hoped that with the New Forest residents usual generosity they will meet this target again!
Many thanks to Henry and his team of gardeners and bakers for all their hard work and let’s hope the sun shines!