Inspiring talk from Kayode our Country Representative for Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Online Harvest meeting 12th September

Online Harvest meeting 12th September

Wow it was great to see so many parish volunteers from Arundel & Brighton and Portsmouth Dioceses on Saturday 12th September for our first joint Harvest fast day online meeting. We were very privileged to have Kayode Akintola, our country Representative for Sierra Leone and Liberia joining us at the meeting.

Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

Kayode Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

The advantage of an online meeting was that Kayode could speak to us from his home in Freetown Sierra Leone. He told us how coronavirus was having a devastating impact on communities. Because of lock down farmers had been unable to go to their fields to sow seeds and those who relied on casual work for money to buy food were not earning any money so many families did not have food to eat. Also many rural communities do not have a near by access to clean water so hand washing is very difficult.

Access to water

Kayode thanked CAFOD volunteers and supporters for their help and support for the coronavirus appeal  Your donations have provided emergency food packages, hand washing and hygiene equipment, and PPE for health clinics and maternity units . However Kayode told us that the long term need for food supplies and access to clean water would mean that communities will need support for many months to come. He appealed for 3 things

  • To pray for the communities and the partners that CAFOD work with for example the Handmaid Sisters who run a clinic and maternity unit.
  • To donate to the Harvest Family fast day appeal
  • To ask the UK government to cancel the debt of the Sierra Leone and Liberia so that this money can be spent on combating coronavirus and health care.

    Sr Gertrude form the Handmaid sisters in PPE

    Sr Gertrude form the Handmaid sisters in PPE

Many thanks to everyone who came to the meeting .I hope that you found it as inspiring as I did.

We have a SE region Harvest fast day online meeting on Saturday 19th September from 10:30 am to 12 noon .You can book your place on eventbrite here 

 

Join us to find out about Harvest Family Fast Day Friday 9th October

Handing out hygiene kits

Handing out hygiene kits

Do join us for an online zoom Harvest fast day meeting on Saturday 12th September from 3pm to 4:30pm. At this meeting Kayode Akintola, who is CAFOD’s programme officer for Sierra Leone will talk about the impact of coronavirus in the communities that he works with and how CAFOD has been supporting them. He will also explore the long-term needs of these impoverished communities. We will also look at the resources for harvest fast day and discuss the creative ways that parishes can fundraise during this pandemic.

Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

Kayode Training faith leaders in Sierra Leone

To register for this meeting please email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk

There will also be a SE regional meeting for all dioceses in the South East including Arundel & Brighton, Brentwood, East Anglia, Portsmouth, Southwark and Westminster. This will be on zoom from 10:30 to 12 noon on Saturday 19th September.  At this meeting Maria Gonzalez, CAFOD’s head of International Development will talk about her role and give an update on how the money donated to the Coronavirus appeal is making a difference to communities overseas.

Please book through eventbrite for this meeting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafod-south-east-regional-harvest-fast-day-2020-planning-meeting-tickets-115336003090

 

Maria Gonzalez

Maria Gonzalez

 

 

Join us on Thursday 27th August to hear from Geoff O’Donoghue CAFOD’s Director of Operations

Do join us on Thursday 27th August at 11am to hear from Geoff O’Donoghue CAFOD’ s Director of Operations .He will be talking about our work in the rapidly changing world and sharing his experiences of visiting the communities that we work with.

You may remember him from the Lent fast day meetings when he shared the story of the monkey and the fish.

Geoff O'Donoghue

Geoff O’Donoghue

To book your place please register here 

We have more online talks coming up so check out our website here.