27th April 11:30am El Salvador Share Lunch and Talk with our Gapper; Sophie Aulton

sophie in school with hearts el salvador

Come along to hear about Sophie’s recent visit to CAFOD Partners in El Salvador

I hope you have seen the date for Sophie’s shared lunch and talk, but if you haven’t, here it is again just in case you have a few free hours this Friday 27th April at 11:30am.

 

Sophie recently returned from El Salvador and Nicaragua, where she visited several CAFOD funded projects and discussed with our partners how donations, prayers and campaigning in our Parishes in the Diocese of Leeds and across England and Wales is making a big impact on the lives of some of the poorest children and their families.

We hope you can come along with a friend to hear about Sophie’s experience

This will be a shared lunch, so please bring along a small plate of something nice to share. We will provide soft drinks and tea and coffee. There will be a collection after the talk, to help Sophie with her target of £500 fundraising for CAFOD

Please let us know if you will be able to come along either by email or phone:  leeds@cafod.org.uk or (0113) 275 9302

Sophie our Gapper gets some help in preparing for her El Salvador visit

Sophie looking at El Salvador Pic from 2005

Sophie looking through old photos from 2013 when Fidel and Julia from El Salvador visited Leeds Parishes

“You will be amazed at the generosity of the local communities you meet. The poverty and inequality you will encounter might be hard to experience, but that is the reality you will face. It can be challenging and humbling all at the same time. Most of all you will be inspired by the families and the communities you will meet” That was the advice a parishioner and CAFOD supporter, Joe Burns gave to our Gap Year volunteer Sophie as she embarks on her overseas trip to El Salvador. Joe welcomed visitors Fidel and Julia from El Salvador to parishes in Leeds in March 2013 along with Kathy Webb from the Parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall, and later that year Joe then travelled with the Romero Trust and visited El Salvador in November 2013.

 

El Salvador Prep Sophie Joe and KathyKathy said, ” We look forward to hearing how Sophie’s trip goes. It was wonderful to meet our visitors from El Salvador when they came to our parish a few years back. It is lovely looking back through the old photographs as Sophie is preparing for her trip. We raise funds in our local church through the Connect2 El Salvador Scheme. We will make sure Sophie brings letters from our Children’s liturgy group to share with families when she arrives. It is important to let these families know they are in our prayers every week and we stand in solidarity with them as they strive to grow their own crops and lift themselves out of poverty.”

Sophie has also been encouraged by local school children who have also been learning about El Salvador and how climate change is effecting the livelihoods of farmers and communities. On a recent school visit, Sophie helped students at Roecliff Primary School to make Green Hearts and learn about Climate Change, and what they can do to challenge others to care for our common home.

Roecliffe students green hearts

Students from Roecliffe Primary School, nr Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.

“I was really impressed how much the children knew about CAFOD already and the good work our charity partners are doing in sustainable development in the Global South. It is always a pleasure to visit a school and share with children all about my gap year with CAFOD. The teachers and students are keen to know how my trip goes, so I will be thinking about them when I meet with children and their families when I am in El Salvador” Sophie added “I cant wait to tell the partners and families that I meet in El Salvador, that so many school children from the Diocese of Leeds include them in their prayers”

Roecliff Primary SchoolIf you would like Sophie to come to your school or church community to share her experiences of her trip to El Salvador, please get in touch leeds@cafod.org.uk

Sophie will be speaking at Mass and in schools in March and April.

Sophie is based at Leeds Trinity University Chaplaincy 4 days per week and 1 day in the CAFOD volunteer Centre. Sophie actively encourages students at the university to pray, campaign and give as they put their faith into practice by answering the cry of the poor.

Keep an eye out for Sophie’s updates on our CAFODLeeds Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

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.

power to be outside the office nikki and vols

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.