Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal. Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition – and with it we hope to be able to reach 245,000 people. But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen. You can help us reach the full amount needed for this crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet! To donate please go to cafod.org.uk/lent
These photos record an event by the Filipino youth, “Youth for Christ”, from St. Peter’s parish in Gloucester. The Group put on a special celebration to raise money for CAFOD.
This included dancing, singing, instrumentals, a raffle, cakes and soft drinks. They raised £311 for CAFOD which was fantastic!
St John the Evangelist parish in Bath recently hosted a talk by Alex Abaca, an Ugandan agricultural researcher, on the development work of CAFOD and the Church in Northern Uganda.
The cultural life of Bath is enhanced by its two universities, staff & students. Last year CAFOD arranged a fascinating talk at St. John’s where Jeny Pantoja from Bath Spa spoke about the peace process in Colombia & the part played by the Church.
On Friday March 16, another CAFOD open meeting heard a fascinating talk given by Alex Abaca, an Ugandan agricultural researcher. Alex spoke about the ecological, water and agricultural challenges in Northern Uganda & the part played by the Church and NGO’s in addressing them
Uganda is a landlocked country, much the same size as the U.K., but with 57 different languages spread amongst four ethnic groups. Environmental & water supply challenges directly affect livelihoods & agricultural activities of these communities. In Northern Uganda the Karamoja region suffers from political instability exacerbated by cattle rustling between rival communities & Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war. Receiving the lowest average rainfall of Uganda drought & famine is regular.. Its staple food used to be milk and blood, but now cereals, casave and the legumes sorghum & cowpeas have been introduced. However, wild fires continue to causing damage by killing micro and macro-organisms in the soil. Fires also burn away much organic matter in the soil with a reduction of soil fertility then taking place. In addition to droughts and fire there are also pests and diseases affecting all major crops. Inconsistent farming practices also includes a lack of seed quality control.
Following the long period of political instability, CAFOD and CARITAS are amongst other NGOs working to restore the livelihoods and agricultural activities of these communities by addressing the environmental, particularly ecological and water challenges. This work includes:
- construction of boreholes;
- vocational skills training to repair and maintain the boreholes;
- sanitation training;
- training of local community groups in community managed disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation;
- establishment of community tree nurseries, tree planting, and education campaigns;
- promoting techniques of soil and water conservation;
- promoting income diversification through bee keeping, fish farming, and the use of biogas and solar energy;
- training of farmers and community support groups in modern agronomy;
- provision of agricultural inputs (seeds, planting materials and tools);
- provision of construction materials.
Mitigation approaches by the local Catholic Church
The Catholic Church in Northern Uganda has also been actively involved in addressingEnvironmental & Ecological challenges in a number for ways. For example land may be offered for seed crop multiplication and distribution or to set up demonstration plots, or for the planting of trees. The Christian community also encourages market linkages and information flow, together with initiating projects such as well construction and borehole maintenance.
See here for other development work CAFOD is involved in.