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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can’t attend please email us with any questions email@example.com and I will ask them on your behalf.