Praying this Harvest

Rosie Heaton from CAFOD outlines CAFOD’s Harvest campaign, focusing on how your donations bring hope to some of the poorest communities in the world.


Water brings strength and hope in Uganda

For twenty-eight years, Longora has lived in the same rural community close to Moroto Town in Uganda. Every morning, she fetches water from the borehole to make porridge for herself and her family.  Longora cuts charcoal to sell to make her living, and lives in a round, straw hut with seven others, including her husband and their children.

Longora gets water from the new borehole

Before the borehole was built in her village, Longora would collect water from the river. While the river was near, it was unclean and carried diseases. Many people in Longora’s home suffered with frequent sickness because of drinking the contaminated river water.

For a while after the borehole was installed, the village were able to access to clean water easily. But when the borehole became faulty, this stopped.  Longora was pregnant and had no choice but to drink and cook with water from the river once again. Unsurprisingly she fell ill with eyesight problems and dietary issues.

It took a long time for Longora to recover and sometimes her joints still ache, but with the help of CAFOD partner Caritas Moroto she is now able to access clean water throughout the year. Caritas Moroto fixed the borehole and offered training to ensure that if it ever breaks again, the local community are now equipped with the skills needed to repair it.

The help provided by Caritas Moroto’s project, funded by CAFOD supporters in England and Wales, is making a huge difference to the lives of Longora and her family: “We are healthier and feel better. We can bathe, and because we have pit latrines, we no longer defecate in the river. The knowledge we have of making pit latrines was given to us by Caritas Moroto. We have embraced it and put it into practice.”

This Harvest, you can help by praying for Longora and our sisters and brothers across the world. By donating to CAFOD’s Harvest appeal, you can empower communities overseas to live with dignity and equip families with the skills they need to support each other.

To find out how you can support women like Longora this Harvest, please visit CAFOD’s Harvest appeal here.


¬St Mary’s Bath hosted a free concert for Kerala

The Smithy Singers gave a delightful Flora and Fauna concert at St Mary’s on Saturday 22nd September. Cheered by their songs on that wet and dreary afternoon, the audience tapped their feet and hummed along.

The Smithy Singers gave a delightful Flora and Fauna concert at St Mary’s, Bath.

After the concert, all were invited to afternoon tea at the parish centre. This enjoyable event and delicious cakes raised a total of £270 in aid of our brothers and sisters affected by the recent floods in Kerala. All proceeds will be donated via CAFOD’s Kerala Floods appeal. You can still donate by visiting

Since writing this last week, the organisers have received a further two more donations.  The total amount raised now stands at £300.


CAFOD Chuckers win Wooden Spoon Award

The spritely CAFOD team from the parish of the Church of the Annunciation in Woodchester near Nailsworth, once again took part in the Minchinhampton Cotswold Club’s ‘Charity Summer Skittles league’.

 The team entered again as the ‘CAFOD Chuckers’. 

Some of the team: L-R Deacon Bogdan, Alan Smith, Gordon Norris, Laura Gill, Angela Keen, David Gill, Fr. Bill Watson, Angela Middleditch.

 Various parish members took part, including the parish Priest, Fr. Bill and Deacon Bogdan. Despite their best efforts however, they once again ended up at the bottom of the league and so at the presentation night, received the Wooden Spoon, but also a cheque for £115 for CAFOD.  


The CAFOD Chuckers may not be the best skittles team in the world, but they always enjoy themselves, find this a great way to socialise and also spread the word for CAFOD.