Why not get together with other parishioners in your parish to fundraise this advent for a CAFOD World Gift?
Last Advent Guernsey parishioners got together to raise money to buy “Goats that Give” from the World gift catalogue. Liz Dene our parish volunteer in Guernsey organised a display of goats to encourage people to contribute to the fund .The amazing amount of £2972 was raised enough to buy 105 goats which was fantastic!
In 2016 English Martyrs in Reading were inspired to buy camels from World Gifts Linda Heneghan told us “We set up a Christmas raffle so that the children could get involved in the fundraising and there was also a name the camel competition! We made a list of 165 names, from Biblical names, to quirky names. It was so lovely how the fundraising has really taken off in the parish. We were really pleased that once people were aware of what we were doing, everybody got involved. Sometimes at Christmas, we can be asked to do and be so much but this fundraising has just given people a little nudge to raise awareness of others around the world at Christmas.” They raised over £1400 and bought 3 camels which was just amazing!
Afera Gebremedhine lives in Zerenga, northern Ethiopia, with her six children and husband Girmay, an injured war veteran who is unable to farm the land.
She was given a heifer by CAFOD which gave birth to calves a few months later. Afera’s cows produce around eight litres of milk a day, which she uses to make butter to sell at the local market. With the money she earns, Afera is able to buy food for her family and pay for school stationery and clothes for her children. If there is any money left over, Afera puts it aside in a community saving scheme, which she hopes will allow her to build an extra room as her house is too small for her family.
“I cannot compare my life before and after this cow. My children have delicious food. I don’t have to worry a lot whether my land is rented out or not. I can sell and buy food for my family”, says Afera.
CAFOD world gifts have been chosen for the real and lasting difference they make to families living in developing countries.