Nhlanhla tells us about his experience of being a volunteer with the CAFOD in Leeds team
“When I moved to the United Kingdom in September 2017 to pursue my masters course at the University of Leeds I was hoping to do some voluntary work with local charities to gain exposure to international development work. I was excited to come across CAFOD as I had worked on as a Lobby and Advocacy officer for a local NGO (Masakhaneni Trust) in Zimbabwe which was implementing various livelihood projects funded by CAFOD in the rural community of Enyandeni, in Gwanda District (Matabeleland South).
“Through the CAFOD project, Masakhaneni Trust was able to mobilise the community to construct a dam and set up four community gardens where women and youth planted vegetables which not only alleviated poverty but generated income for women who were the head of their families and the unemployed youth. Having worked closely with CAFOD staff in Zimbabwe and implemented several projects in Africa with the organisation, it was easier for me to identify with CAFOD.
When I came to an international talk, from Livison Chipatiso (Programme Manager for CAFOD in Zimbabwe) I inquired about voluntary work I met very friendly members of staff (Bronagh and Joanne) who were also excited to meet someone who had been on the ground implementing various projects.
“Since becoming an office volunteer at CAFOD I have been assisting with office administration work such as making phone calls to volunteers, sending out letters to parishes, sending emails to partners who make generous donations and attending CAFOD functions. Being part of the CAFOD team has deepened my understanding of international development work and I have also acquired skills in communication and social media campaigning.
If you would like to know more about becoming an office volunteer with CAFOD in Leeds, please get in touch with us (0113) 275 9302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply to become an office volunteer, please sign up here and we will provide you with training and expenses. By volunteering with us, you will have the opportunity to put your Catholic faith into practice and help us to support parishes and schools across the Diocese of Leeds to respond to the cry of the poor.