Make a difference with World Gifts this Christmas

Meet Hector…

Eleven-year-old Hector lives in Peru, and goes to an after-school club. Hector’s mum works long hours and isn’t there when Hector gets home from school. So Hector loves going to the club, where volunteers help him with his reading and homework, and provide a safe space for him to study and play. Through World Gifts you can help many other children, like Hector, to learn to read.

 A special gift: Teach someone to read

Meet Hector

Meet Hector from Peru

For children in developing countries, being able to read not only opens their minds to new stories and adventures, but it gives them a better education and a better chance of getting a job when they leave school. And it’s never too late to learn. Teaching an adult to read can help them to support their family and even to set up their own business. It is a fantastic skill that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Our new World Gifts range is available now, and we want to help 5,000 people learn to read this Christmas. Will you help us reach this ambitious target?

We can’t reach our target without you, so get together as a class or group and see how many people you can teach to read. Fundraising together is a fun and creative way of learning about developing countries and the importance of putting our faith into action. And Christmas is the perfect time to share the joy of reading with our sisters and brothers all over the world.

Here are some great ways to fundraise within your parish or school to raise money to Teach someone to read; 

  • Hold a second-hand book sale
  • Dress up as a character from your favourite story
  • Run a sponsored spelling bee!
  • Hold a short story competition


If you are holding fundraising event for World Gifts then please contact the CAFOD Leeds office to assist in publicising the event by emailing

St. Patrick’s Holds Fairtrade Stall

St. Patrick’s Church, Birstall, held a Fairtrade stall across the weekend to mark the conclusion of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Selling a variety of Tradecraft Products, the parish makes a small profit which they reinvest into CAFOD, the parish and other Fairtrade products to sell.

The organisers of the stall also put together Fairtrade Hampers to use as raffle prizes at other church events.

Julie Robinson-Joyce, a St. Patrick’s parishioner and one of the organisers, said: “We want to promote Fairtrade and show parishioners that you can make everyday choices that improve people’s lives and put our faith into action.”