1st-9th July WEEK OF ACTION

Nikki Evans, CAFODs Bolivia Officer joined volunteers at the CAFOD Leeds Volunteer Centre, who were taking part in CAFODs ‘Power to Be’ campaign action. Volunteers at the centre included Patrick Chabviaka, Ciara Mc Veigh and Sophie Aulton who all signed their petition to ask Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

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Nikki said “It is great to meet volunteers who care passionately about the Power to Be campaign and who have united to help poorer countries like Bolivia to tackle climate change and develop their energy services in a way that does not lock them in to using outdated, polluting fossil fuels.”

Patrick Chabviaka is a campaign volunteer for CAFOD and has been supporting parishes from across the Diocese of Leeds to get involved with the campaign, “We asked people in the parishes to take part in a card signing and the response has been great so far, but we need many more people to take action. We have cards waiting to be sent to your parishes, just get online and order your petition cards and let us know when and where you are using them. We are also asking all our CAFOD campaigners to get in touch with their local MP and ask them to write to the Prime Minister to make sure they work with international allies to fully implement the Paris Agreement and ensure all government departments work together to meet the Climate Change Act targets”

cards ptbAll across the Diocese of Leeds this weekend, there will be card signings, MP briefings and meet ups. Would you and your fellow parishioners like to take part?

Primary and secondary schools are getting involved too by organising ‘Power to Be’ workshops and  liturgies, the resources are all here to download and order.

During the Week of Action 1st July – 9th July 2017, there will be numerous campaign activities for you to get involved in. If you would like to attend or set up a ‘Power to Be’ activity during the week of action, please have a look here.

We would love to receive your photos and emails letting us know how you are supporting the ‘Power to Be’ campaign. Don’t forget to use the @CAFODLeeds on Twitter and include #SpeakUp #PowerToBe in your tweets.

Don’t forget to share your photos, stories and videos with us on Facebook or email us leeds@cafod.org.uk so we can inspire many more people to get involved.

4th May 2017: ‘Vivir bien’ – working with communities to shape development in Bolivia

LTU Bolivia TalkNikki Evans has worked as CAFOD’s Bolivia Programme Officer for over four and half years. A large part of her time with CAFOD has been spent living in La Paz working alongside communities and local Bolivian organisations.

She will be sharing experiences about the Andean concept of “vivir bien”, which is roughly translated as “living well”, and how organisations work with communities to ensure that they are shaping their own development in line with their own understanding of what that means.

This lecture is a free event hosted by Leeds Trinity University. BOOK HERE

NIkki in Bolivia

Nikki has also worked as international observer protecting human rights defenders in Colombia and for other international human rights organisations based in the UK. Before arriving in Bolivia completed an MA at the Peace Studies Centre in Bradford University.

Book your place on the CAFOD Annual Lecture at Leeds Trinity University today using this link: book my place

For more information contact the CAFOD Leeds Volunteer Centre on 0113 275 930 or email leeds@cafod.org.uk

Welcome Nikki to our Volunteer Centre

This is Nikki Evans, CAFOD Programme Officer for Bolivia, supporting the ten partner organisations that CAFOD works with in that country.

Nikki is part of the CAFOD Head Office team in London. As she currently lives in Saltaire, Nikki works 3 days a week in London and spend two days a week working out of the Leeds Diocese CAFOD Volunteer Centre. Nikki has met with a few volunteers informally in the Volunteer Centre over the last few months and would like to meet more people volunteering in their local parishes across the dioceses.


Nikki Evans, Bolivia Programme Manager

If you would like to meet Nikki either in your local parish or here at the Volunteer Centre, please contact leeds@cafod.org.uk or call (0113) 275 9302


Nikki writes about herself:-

“I have been living in Yorkshire for nearly a year now having moved back here from Bolivia where I spent nearly four years based in La Paz.

I first travelled and studied in Latin America in the late 90s as part of my degree and fell in love with the beautiful countryside and the people with their generous passion for music and laughter. After several years working for Christian Aid in London I moved to Colombia to work as an international observer protecting human rights defenders. I lived in a hot oil town between jungle basins and mountains, an area that has suffered decades of horrendous violence due to the Colombian civil war. Working with human rights defenders was a privilege, ordinary people doing extraordinary things to protect their communities and families at huge personal risk.

After studying for an MA at the Peace Studies Centre in Bradford University, I headed to the altitude of the Andes mountains and began working for CAFOD in Bolivia. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and at present we support ten local partner organisations who work with the most marginalised people. My work has always been bittersweet. On the one hand, there is the bleak harshness of the poverty that the communities face and on the other hand there is strength, ingenuity, solidarity and love. I am so lucky to witness those qualities shine in the communities and partner organisations that we work with and also here at home whenever I meet CAFOD’s amazing volunteers and supporters. “