CAFOD joins DEC Coronavirus Appeal

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help millions of vulnerable people, whose lives are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic spreads – and we are inviting communities and parishes across England and Wales to get involved.

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Donate to the DEC Coronavirus Appeal

CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, said:

“In the UK, our struggle against coronavirus has entered the next phase, but in many of the world’s poorest communities, the fight has only just begun.”

Donate to the DEC Coronavirus appeal today

Millions of families living in crowded camps or makeshift shelters are having to face the coronavirus with little access to running water, soap, or medical aid.

Families who have been forced to flee their homes in places like Syria, South Sudan, and the Democratic of Congo, are especially vulnerable.

Christine continued: “In many places around the world there are not enough hospital beds or supplies to treat everyone who falls ill. But promoting handwashing and providing personal protective equipment, health advice and food parcels can make a huge difference.”

“We need your support to reach these communities and help people to cope as best they can when an outbreak of the virus strikes.”

Find out more about the DEC coronavirus appeal

CAFOD is already responding to the crisis.

Since launching its emergency appeal on 30 April, we have scaled up our support to local aid experts across the world. They are helping to provide food and improving handwashing and sanitation facilities.

Find out more about our work with communities around the world

We have had an amazing response from communities across the country – see here for Clifton volunteer Richard Sear who is running  for CAFOD and our Brothers and Sisters around the world;  thanks Richard!

And now, we need your continued support during the DEC appeal to ensure that we can further scale up our support and make sure that no one is beyond the reach of the support they need.

Christine continued:

“It is critical that we act now to reach millions of vulnerable people who have lost everything and no longer have ways of coping.”

Donate now

Every donation made to the DEC’s Coronavirus Appeal will help vulnerable families and help stop the spread of this disease.

CAFOD World Gifts: charity gifts to transform lives

World Gifts are CAFOD’s charity gift range of unusual, ethical presents that will delight your friends and family.

Our alternative gifts help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries. 

Support World Gifts in your parish

Fundraise towards a big World Gift

Your parish can make a massive difference to a community overseas this year by fundraising towards a big World Gift.

1) Choose a gift as a fundraising target – you could bring clean water to a community, reach out to families with a mobile medical team or save an area of the Brazilian rainforest!

2) Fundraise through the year using our fundraising ideas and resources.

3) Buy your gift and receive your gift card and a poster to share with your parish!

Choose World Gifts for sacramental celebrations

Doug Lowe – CAFOD parish volunteer for St Teresa of Lisieux in Taunton, sent in this picture of their World Gifts display for advent – great work St Teresa’s!

World Gifts make wonderful gifts for WeddingsBaptismsHoly Communions and Confirmations.

Include our brothers and sisters overseas in your celebration with our Wedding favours or Baptism message poster.

We also have adaptable Confirmation resources to encourage young people to put their faith into action.

CAFOD’s annual Harvest Fast Day

Our Catholics parishes around the Clifton Diocese were encouraged to eat a simple meal of bread and soup as part of CAFOD’s annual Harvest Fast Day appeal on Friday 5 October. Money saved was donated to CAFOD.

This Harvest was a time we remembered our brothers and sisters who miss out on food, clean water and even going to school.

The festival loaf

The support of communities across England and Wales from Harvest Fast Day is helping to change things by raising money, enabling CAFOD to work alongside some of the world’s poorest communities as they find ways to overcome their many challenges.

CAFOD is working with communities like those lived in by Longora. Longora lives in Uganda. A few years ago, when she was in the late stages of pregnancy, she became seriously ill after drinking dirty water from a local river. She gave birth, but due to illness her baby did not survive. CAFOD was able to repair the well in her village as well as training local people in how to maintain it meaning they can fix it if it breaks again, so that Longora and her neighbours have a reliable supply of clean, safe water.

St Josephs parish in Bath did their part by raising £279.46 from their Harvest Table and Cafod Collection; the picture shows a fantastic Harvest load baked by one of the parishioners from the parish – fantastic effort St Josephs!