Appeal launched in Leeds to respond to the Ethiopian drought

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Two failed rainy seasons which supply over 80% of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals. We are appealing to our supporters in the Leeds diocese to help provide food, clean water and basic sanitation

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The devastating food shortage has been caused by two failed rainy seasons that has led to a severe drought, fuelled by one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns recorded. CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water. We are now appealing for £3 million to help those worst affected.


CAFOD representative for Leeds, Bronagh Daly, said:

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Upermill Parish raising awareness for the Refugee Appeal

“Ethiopia faces a food shortage that has left millions without enough food to survive the months ahead. We’re already responding to the crisis through our local Ethiopian partners and we’re asking people here to support us and them so we can escalate our on-going emergency response.

“Our supporters here in the Leeds diocese have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work, with many parishes and schools coming together for our Refugee Appeal.

They are out fundraising and praying for the communities in Ethiopia. Because of this, we will be able to get more emergency aid to those who need it most.”

How you can help

CAFOD is asking for people to give, act and pray in solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and those affected by the drought.

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Even the smallest donation can make a massive difference to help us reach people in remote and isolated communities.

  • £16 can buy 100kg of maize to feed a family of five for a month
  • £35 provides a monthly food basket containing wheat, cooking oil and pulses
  • £83 can provide 100kg of wheat seeds for farmers to sow

Shiferaw Mamo, Programme Coordinator for our partner, the Catholic Secretariat of Ethiopia, told us:

“Whatever anyone is able to give; £5, £20 or £100, they must know that they are saving lives; what they give changes a life.”

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Join with us in prayer this Advent

Our interactive Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day. There is also a daily suggested action that you could take on your own, with your family or as part of your parish or community.

CAFOD Advent Calendar

There are some wonderful materials to support worship during advent which are available to download from our website here. There is an advent service and some seasonal prayers which can be used in to support activities in your parish. There are also dedicated children’s liturgy resources for each week of Advent.

If you are planning host a CAFOD Advent service then please let us know as we’d love to join you.







It’s Harvest Fast Day

Today is Harvest Fast Day and people across the country are taking action in solidarity with the 1 in 8 people who will go to bed hungry tonight.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting CAFOD today by fasting in order to share with their brothers and sisters in need.

Harvest Fast Day Prayer

You who reign over all creation and nature
we ask you to help us this year
with a good rainy season.
We ask you, Lord, to bless our seeds
make them fertile with the sky’s dew
and protect them from any harm
so that they may grow to fruition
for the benefit of our families.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Photo: Sarah Smith-Pearse

Photo: Sarah Smith-Pearse

Prayer from the office of the Jesuit Development Service, Guaymango, El Salvador

To find out how you can make a place at your table please click here.