2021 Lent with a difference! Find out more at our Lent Appeal meetings…

Abdella from Afar in Ethiopia

This Lent we are focussing on water or rather the lack of it! Abdella lives in Afar one of the hottest regions in Ethiopia and he spends 10 hours every day collecting water for his family. Can you help us support those like Abdella who don’t have a nearby access to safe, clean water? Come and find out how at one of our Lent Appeal meetings.

We have meetings to suit you different days and times, large and small . At some meetings we will have a speaker from CAFOD’s International Programmes. We will also explore the resources for the Lent Appeal and tell you more about Abdella’s story. So email me to book your place portsmouth@cafod.org.uk

All meetings will take place on zoom.

Saturday 23rd January from 3pm to 4:30pm Arundel & Brighton and Portsmouth Diocese joint meeting

Saturday 30th January 10:30am to 12:30pm South East Region meeting. Connor Molloy Country Director for Ethiopia will be speaking about CAFOD’s projects in Ethiopia.   Please book on eventbrite here

Tuesday 2nd February 7:30pm to 9pm

Thursday 4th February 10:30am to 12noon

Saturday 6th February 2:30pm to 4pm

Monday 8th February 7:30pm to 9pm

Wednesday 10th February 2:30pm to 4pm

Afar Ethiopia

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 .


Alton School hold cake sale to raise money for the gift of water.

Cake Sale

Cake Sale

The pupils at Alton School are raising money for the CAFOD World Gift of a community water supply which costs £750 . Year 6 pupils recently held a cake sale and raised £106.03 for the project. The pupils are continuing to fund raise and hope to reach their total by the end of term.

Water display

Water display

Water Totaliser

Water Totaliser


Having a clean and near by water supply is vital for any community.  Here is how this gift helped a community in Uganda.

“Now we have enough water for food, to clean ourselves and our clothes, for our animals to drink.” Cecelia, Uganda

Water is scarce in Cecelia’s village. Between droughts and the dry season, the nearest river often dries up completely. As water runs out, tensions rise between the tribes in the area. When she was a child, Cecelia’s sister was killed as desperate people fought over the dwindling resources.

A CAFOD-supported project repaired a vital borehole in Cecelia’s village and provided tools and training to community members so that they can maintain it. Now they have their own source of water, there is no violence. “People follow the line”, she says. “If you come first, you collect your water first. If you arrive last, you collect your water last.”

A reliable source of clean water means Cecelia no longer has to worry about her five children catching diseases when they drink. Cecelia is also the chairperson of the community’s Water User Committee, which maintains the borehole so the whole community can bathe safely, helping increase hygiene and reduce the risk of illness. “I would like to say thank you to the people for the good they have done here”, Cecelia said.


Cake sale

So many thanks to the pupils, staff and parents for their support and we look forward to further updates when you reach the target.

Water display

Water display