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

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.