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.

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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

 

 

28th June; My opportunity to meet CAFOD’s Sudan country representative

I have been volunteering for 4 weeks as a  office volunteer at CAFOD in Leeds. I have been  invited to meet Michael Monginda CAFOD country representative for Sudan  and Fergus Comme CAFOD’s Head of Region; Africa, on the 28th of June here at the CAFOD volunteer centre in Leeds.

Rachale Chapman Office Vol prep Sudan visitors

Me researching CAFOD’s work in Sudan with fellow office volunteer Kathy

 

So, I have been researching the work that CAFOD have been doing in Sudan.  From the CAFOD website, I learned that Sudan is one of the largest and most geographically diverse nations in Africa, which is situated in the North east of the continent, between Egypt and Eritrea and bordering the Red sea.

CAFOD have been supporting projects in Dafur since 2004 as part of a major emergency programme organised by the two main international church based networks, Caritas Internationalis and Action by Churches Together Alliance. More over the programme is a lifeline for half a million people, providing water and sanitation, health clinics, treatment for malnutrition, education, and support for people in making a living.

Furthermore, they have been supporting children whose families who have been displaced by fighting in other parts of the country.

I watched a video on the Sudan page and found out that CAFOD helped a woman called Khadija whose village was attacked by militia. When she arrived in Kubum camp, the programme gave her materials to build a shelter and an emergency kit including cooking utensils.

As well as this, I also found out that a clinic for malnourished children was set up in a hospital in Garsila in central Darfur, which is supported by the ACT Caritas programme. This for me was very important as malnutrition is a major issue and it made me feel hopeful that there was a clinic set up as it will help children affected by this

On Thursday the 28th, of June  Michael Monginda and Fergus Comme are visiting CAFOD in Leeds at 11:30 am to discuss  their work in Sudan, followed by a shared lunch.  I have prepared some questions  I  would like to ask  when I meet them.

  • What has happened since the last time CAFOD helped Sudan?
  • What happened to the £2,082,000 that was spent in 2012/13?

I would encourage you to come along and meet our international visitors. If you would like to attend and find out more about Sudan please email us to let us know leeds@cafod.org.uk

if you can’t attend please email us with any questions  leeds@cafod.org.uk  and I will ask them on your behalf.

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