Why Match Funding matters

Our CAFOD Family Fast Day Appeal is receiving match funding from the UK Government during Lent 2018. But what does this mean and what difference does it make?


During Lent 2018, for every pound you donate to CAFOD, the UK Government will also contribute a pound. At no extra cost to you, twice the number of lives can be transformed. Twice the number of children can have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.

What match funding means

The UK Government has promised to give up to £5 million to CAFOD nutrition projects this Lent, by matching donations made by supporters like you, £1 for £1.

This deal means that you can have your donation doubled, at no extra cost to you. And more importantly, it means your gift will bring double the impact to communities around the world.

We have until Saturday 12 May 2018 to raise this money and receive the full funding from the government.


Veg garden £28 . £28 + match funding = £56. This can buy all the seeds needed for a family to plant a garden full of vegetables. Svondo’s Mum Marian now grows vegetables not only to easily feed her family, but to sell at market at improve the lives of everyone in her household.

Help us tap into this opportunity
Because we have £5 million to unlock from the government, the more you give or raise this Lent, the more money you will release to go directly to nutrition projects in Zimbabwe, Eritrea and Zambia.

With match funding, your generosity will grow. And so will children around the world.


Peanut seeds £6. £6 + match funding = £12. This can provide seeds to grow peanuts and make nutritious peanut butter. Svondo loves eating the peanut butter his Mum makes!

What difference does match funding make?
Your gift this Lent means a lot to people living in poverty.
It means bringing food to even more homes.
It means even more babies and toddlers growing up healthy and strong.
It means keeping even more children in school because they have the energy to learn.
Importantly, doubling your money means bringing hope not just now, but to future generations. Generations like Svondo’s.

A story of two brothers
Watch our video to see how your gift this Lent can change lives.

Lent Family Fast Day Appeal



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This Lent, everyone at St Joseph’s School in Portishead are doing their bit for the CAFOD Family Fast Day appeal this Friday, February 23rd. The school is having a raffle every Friday of Lent to raise funds for the Fast Day.

Fona in Zimbabwe is worried about her son Pardon (right). He is two years old and is showing signs of malnutrition.

This Lent your donations to our Family Fast Day Appeal will be matched by the UK Government. This means that your donations will be doubled, up to a total of £5 million. So you can transform twice the number of lives. You can give twice the number of children the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.

Two-year-old Pardon is hungry and it’s making him unwell

Fiona passes a handful of maize to each of her children, then sits down beside her husband to eat her own small portion. She knows there is nothing for dinner.

“My children won’t play because they’re too hungry.”

Fiona, Zimbabwe

While Fiona’s clothes hang loosely on her body, her two-year-old son Pardon has a swollen stomach – a worrying sign of severe malnutrition.

Fiona knows that without more food, Pardon is at risk of falling seriously ill. The lack of food means simple infections are much harder for Pardon to fight off.

She says: “I feel very weak eating this little food, and my children won’t play because they’re too hungry. I compare my children to others who are the same age. My boys are shorter and thinner. I know something’s wrong.”

You can help. Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal

This Lent, if you donate to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, your gift will be matched by the UK Government. This will fund an ambitious new project to combat malnutrition and hunger.

Fiona and her family will get seeds, tools and training to grow vegetables. Please give what you can, so Fiona can feed her children.

Donate to the Lent Appeal

Fiona has reached crisis point and doesn’t know where to turn.

Her husband Peter does manual labour to earn money, but it’s not enough. Some days are desperate: “The first thing I think about when I wake up is my family. ‘Where should I go to help my family survive?’ Sometimes I get an answer. But sometimes there are no answers anywhere.”

You are the answer. Can you help Fiona and Peter this Lent?

Help provide food and more

This Lent, your donation will be doubled by the UK Government so you can make double the difference.

Peanut seeds £6


£6 + match funding = £12. This can provide seeds to grow peanuts and make nutritious peanut butter.

Donate £6

Veg garden £28

veg garden

£28 + match funding = £56. This can buy all the seeds needed for a family to plant a garden full of vegetables.

Donate £28

Health workers £97

health workers

£97 + match funding = £194. This can teach two health workers and new mums how to spot malnutrition in children.

Donate £97

Donate another amount


CAFOD Director Chris Bain speaks in Clifton

Chris BainCAFOD Clifton was very blessed this Lent to have Director Chris Bain come to speak at Holy Family parish in Patchway, Bristol.

This Lent CAFOD Clifton had CAFOD Director Chris Bain come to speak about the work of CAFOD and the importance of this year’s CAFOD Lent Fast Day appeal at a Diocesan event for CAFOD volunteers and supporters from across the region.

Chris spoke about the work of CAFOD and focused in particular on development work in one of the three focus countries for this Lent, Zimbabwe. Chris has visited the country several times to see the work of CAFOD there and had insightful and favourable reports.

Chris spoke about CAFOD working with the local Catholic Church, through Caritas partners in Zimbabwe to tackle hunger and malnutrition.


Chris Bain during a recent visit to Zimbabwe

Activities include:

  • planting community vegetable gardens where each family has their own plot to grow vegetables for the family to eat and sell – providing seeds, tools, and fencing off the garden to protect the produce from livestock
  • training families on farming techniques to grow drought-resistant crops and adapt their farming methods to a changing climate
  • teaching families about good nutrition and providing seeds to grow protein-rich foods such as sesame and peanuts
  • training nurses and village health workers on nutrition – how to spot a malnourished child and how to prevent malnutrition
  • setting up support groups for new mums – where experienced mothers in a community run weekly sessions and undertake home visits with pregnant women and new mums to teach them about breastfeeding and weaning
  • running cooking demonstrations through support groups for mums – so mothers know what nutrients are in the new vegetables they are growing and how best to cook them
  • teaching about good hygiene and providing safe water, so people don’t lose nutrients from diarrhoea.Chris reported that in areas where CAFOD has been working, statistics show that people’s diets have improved – people are eating more food and a better variety of food.

Chris also talked about the strategic direction CAFOD is moving in. He outlined that CAFOD’s strategic framework ‘Just One World’ provides clarity, direction, structure and coherence for the work of CAFOD over the period 2010-2020. It includes a refined Vision-Mission-Values (VMV) statement as well as setting out CAFOD’s ten-year aims with respect to the four-fold mission: power and influence; sustainable development; peace and security; and our Catholic Community in England and Wales.

CAFOD Clifton volunteers and supporters attending the Lent Briefing then asked insightful and thought-provoking questions; the commitment of CAFOD volunteers and supporters was easy to see. A great evening and a wonderful preparation for Lent.

Holy Family Filton

New Commission installed in January 2017 for The Holy Family Catholic Church in Bristol.