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.

Sun 10th June, 11am Bingley ‘Refugee Walk’ to Saltaire

Parishioners from Our Lady and St Joseph, Aire Valley will be putting their faith into action as they walk in solidarity with refugees journeying towards safer places. share the journey logo

Parish volunteers Paddy and Maria, will be accompanying TWIG (Third World Interest Group) on a walk as part of the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign to raise awareness of the needs of refugees.

Meeting point: Bingley Fire Station, Main St, Bingley
Starting time: 11am
Route: Starting from Bingley Fire Station, then via 3 Rise Locks and along the canal bank to Roberts Park, Saltaire. Picnic together around the bandstand at about 1pm.
Walk length: The walk is 4.5 miles

Everyone is welcome to join along the route, ‘Share the Journey’ action cards will be made available to walkers, with a petition you can sign to ask Government leaders to take action to support refugees.

share the journey users guide

‘Share the Journey’ organiser’s guide

If you are inspired to arrange your own ‘Share the Journey’ walk in your parish or school, please get in touch (0113) 275 9302 or leeds@cafod.org.uk You can download your ‘Share the Journey’ organiser’s guide here.


7th June 2018: Volunteer Meet Up and Share the Journey Walk, Hinsley Hall

Your Invitation: Thurs 7th June 12pm: Share the Journey Refugee Walk and Volunteer Week refreshments


To mark ‘Volunteers Week’ (1st – 7th June 2018) we are hosting an event for new, existing and prospective CAFOD volunteers


We would be delighted if you could join us at 12pm on Thursday 7th June 2018, here at the CAFOD Volunteer Centre


12pm Arrival and introductions

12:15pm ‘Share the Journey’ walk around the grounds of Hinsley Hall (please wear weather appropriate clothing)

12:40pm Refreshments and cake served


share the journey logoWe hope being part of the ‘Share the Journey’ short walk on the 7th June here in the grounds of Hinsley Hall might inspire you to organise or attend a Share the Journey walk in your local parish/ deanery. We will have organiser’s guides available for you to take away and prayer cards to share on the day.


We will provide hot and cold drinks, if you would like to bring a small plate of something to share, that would be lovely


Please let us know by email if you would like to attend leeds@cafod.org.uk