El Salvador – the heartache and the hope

Last year, a group of CAFOD volunteers and local representatives went to El Salvador. In an online talk today they shared their incredible experiences, including our very own CAFOD Volunteer from Bath, Irene Prentice.

El Salvador is a country with a turbulent history: Despite the civil war in the country ending in January 1992, poverty, high unemployment and gang violence still make life very difficult, especially for women and young people.

Farming communities are struggling to grow their crops on poor land. Climate change is causing more extreme weather in El Salvador with floods, droughts and tropical storms becoming more frequent.

CAFOD has worked with local partners and communities in El Salvador since 1974.

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One of the mothers – Jacqueline with her family – visited by CAFOD volunteers and priests and staff

We are inspired by Saint Oscar Romero and his insistence on the need for peace, justice, equality and respect for human rights.

In El Salvador, our projects focus on agriculture, promoting a culture of peace and justice, and empowering women.

You can see here to watch the webinar, recorded today, featuring the priests and volunteers who visited El Salvador, to learn more about the rich history and our work in the country today.

 

 

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.

Join us for a prayer and a chat

This week, we see the return of our ever-popular online prayer and chat session.

During this time of socially distancing, we can sometimes feel isolated from our friends and church community.

So, on Thursday 9 July at 11am-12pm, we are inviting CAFOD volunteer and supporters from across England and Wales to join us for a special prayer and reflection, which will be followed by a virtual coffee morning.

We are asking that everyone has a candle ready to light when they join the prayer, so we can share a moment of silent reflection together to start.

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And, we hope this session will be an opportunity to take some time out of our busy lives and pause to think about how the current situation has affected not only our everyday lives, but the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world.

 We look forward welcoming you, so please do remember to Register to join us 

Finally, if you would like to spread the word of CAFOD’s events with your local community and parish, we have short paragraphs that are available to use parish and online newsletters.

Each week, there is a different paragraph about our appeals and information about the different countries that we work in.