A new experience for me: Meeting International CAFOD Staff

(article written by Office Volunteer, Rachael)

On Thursday the 28th of June, I had the pleasure of meeting Michele and Fergus who work with CAFOD in Sudan. At first, I felt slightly nervous as well as excited. I did some research before they arrived which allowed me to prepare my questions and learn more about the situation in Sudan. On the day it was a lovely sunny day, we had a talk given by Fergus and Michele, which was incredibly interesting.

The talk was to help raise awareness of the work going on in Sudan.  This was followed by a shared lunch, which was fun and allowed me to meet all the volunteers who were there and to chat with Fergus and Michele.

It was also a lovely atmosphere and it was great to see everyone having a good time and getting to know each other.   Furthermore, I had the privilege to interview Michele and I was able to ask a variety of questions.

fergus and michele

Meeting Michele and Fergus from CAFOD’s Africa team yesterday



Question 1 Humanitarian Emergency is it still on-going?– “It is still a very big issue we are dealing with many different issues, 700,000 refugees from South Sudan and displaced people and we need to respond to those people.”


Question 2 Emergency Programme- “Still very effective, the emergency has continued because of fighting, famine and we are helping by providing support such as hygiene, clean water and food. If not people would die, with CAFOD we have been able to provide basic support such as clean water, people appreciate this.”

Question 3 A clinic for malnourished children in Garsila, Central Darfur supported by the ACT programme- has the clinic grown and or developed. – “I worked with a nutrition programme also CAFOD is providing support for the children and the family. Hygiene training, supporting breastfeeding and providing direct support has been effective.”


Question 4 is war Still a major issue. – War is still a big issue in Darfur there is still fighting causing people to loose property and lively hoods”.

Question 5 What are the newest projects that CAFOD Sudan are working on  and what projects are most important to you personally or are all projects viewed as important?- “ CAFOD Sudan are responding to refugees, supporting poor communities, helping grow food and get involved with education especially in Africa. Most important is working with communities, we don’t have a hand-outs approach only if lifesaving requires it, we encourage community involvement.”


If you would like to find out more about CAFOD’s work in Sudan click here  CAFOD Sudan



Join us to hear about our work in Myanmar and El Salvador – Saturday 21st February

On Saturday 21st February we will welcome Clare Dixon, CAFOD’s Head of Latin America and the Caribbean, to meet CAFOD supporters at the Holy Name of Jesus church hall.

Clare will be sharing stories from her time in Myanmar, the country of focus for our Lent 2015 appeal, as well as her recent trip to El Salvador. She will be explaining CAFOD’s approach to international development and detailing how we live out our values in our work.

This is a great opportunity to hear first hand the impact that the support from across the diocese has on changing the lives of people living in poor communities around the world. Here is a video of Clare explaining the significance of the declaration of Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr.

The event will run 4-6pm on Saturday 21st February. You are also invited to join us for mass at 6.30pm. The address for the venue is: The Holy Name of Jesus RC Church Hall, 52 Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 6HW.

Kyin Nu from Myanmar whose story is featured in our Lenten materials

Kyin Nu from Myanmar whose story is featured in our Lenten materials

This is a change to the publicised event as unfortunately our partners from Myanmar are unable to join us.

Don’t Forget This Lent, the government is matching every pound you raise for CAFOD up to £5m! Get in touch with leeds@cafod.org.uk if you’d like to find out more or receive some help with your fundraising.

DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal Concert- 19th December, York

On Friday 19 December, the Bar Convent Chapel in York is hosting a concert support the Disasters Emergecny Committee’s response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. All proceeds will go to the DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal. The DEC is comprised of thirteen leading aid agencies, including CAFOD.

According to the World Health Organisation, the current outbreak of Ebola has infected more than 14,000 people and killed more than 5,000. The true figures may be even higher. So far parishes, schools and individuals across England and Wales who have responded with huge compassion to CAFOD’s Ebola Crisis Appeal, donating more than one million pounds, to help stop the spread of the virus across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The concert will feature the following fantastic musicians:
• Bethany Hare- A young singer who received a standing ovation in 2013 at Headingley Stadium, and who works extensively for good causes.

• Paula Ryan- a folk singer from Tipperary who plays the Marimba, the Guitar Bazouki, the Bodhran and Djembe and who won the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Peace Song 2014 Competition.

• David Swann- a local folk singer and acoustic guitarist, who won the best new song about Yorkshire, in the Radio York, Song for Yorkshire competition.

• A Specially Assembled Music Group of Combined Parishes
Tickets are £5. The concert will start at 7.30pm on 19 December 2014. Paperless Tickets/ Reservations may be purchased in advance at York’s three Oxfam shops, on Goodramgate, Micklegate and Low Petergate. You may also purchase paperless tickets online, if you wish to do this please contact: robertelliott82@gmail.com.

The Bar Convent is at 17 Blossom Street, York. If you have further enquiries about the concert please contact robertelliott82@gmail.com.

Click here to find out more about CAFOD’s response to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa.

In the event the DEC raises enough money for the response to Ebola, all proceeds of the concert will go to the DEC Gaza Appeal. The DEC is a registered Charity No. 1062638