Lent Fast Day Friday 22nd February 2013 – Be Hungry for change this Lent

Did you know that one person in eight goes to bed hungry each night?

God created a world of abundance with enough for everyone’s needs and it’s a scandal that we’ve turned it into a world of inequality and want. Does this make you hungry for change?

Tabita and her mother Rose - Photograph by Annie Bugeroth

Tabita and her mother Rose – Photograph by Annie Bugeroth

This lent we are following the story of a young girl, called Tabita, who lives in Kenya. Three years ago when she was just a baby, Tabita was dying from hunger. A drought killed most of the family’s livestock, leaving them with very little to eat. The family was emaciated and Tabita became severely malnourished.  What kept Tabita alive was the nutritious milk of their one remaining goat. It was a dairy goat provided by you, CAFOD’s supporters.  Dairy goats are much hardier and produce much more milk than the local breed of goat in Tabita’s village of Partuk.  Now that Tabita and her family are stronger they can plant crops and grow food to feed themselves, today and in the future. Many, many other families like Tabita’s need support right now to survive and have hope for the future.

Together, our donations, voices and actions make a bigger difference: not only to the lives of the poorest who struggle to feed themselves right now, but also in challenging the global systems that many keep families trapped in poverty.

Food for thought:

· 870 million, or 1 in 8, people do not have enough food on a daily basis. That’s the equivalent to the combined population of the US, Canada, EU and Australia.

· Across the world, the price of basic food is expected to double by 2030.

· In developing countries people spend up to 70% of their income on food.  In richer countries people spend between 10-20% of their income on food.

So what can we do, as individuals and in our communities? 

Support Lent Fast Day!

Help make this Fast Day a success by promoting it in your parish. Can you give the Fast Day talk, or hand out envelopes after Mass on the weekend of 16/17 February? Could you hold a frugal Fast Day lunch in church, or at home?

Why not pick up an extra envelope for a friend or family member who’s not in church.

Use our Lenten calendar

Set up a daily reminder to yourself to use our Lenten calendar online. Each day it offers food for reflection and includes a simple action. Lent is a great opportunity to make a quiet space, each day, for prayer and reflection.

Sign our Hungry for Change action cards

Sign-up online, or sign an action card and spread the word by passing on the other half of the card to someone else.  Want to make an even bigger difference? Hold a parish card-signing after Mass, and display your messages of solidarity in your local church.

Hungry for more?

Lent is a time for reflecting not just about our relationship with God, but also our relationship with others. That’s why it’s such an important time for the parish as a community as well.

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Sharing a meal is a powerful way of expressing community and of being in communion with others.  So we’ve produced a resource based around a meal that you can use in your parish, or in any group setting. It’s called the Emmaus Meal: opening our eyes to the hungry body of Christ, and is inspired by the gospel story.

The resource is free to order; simply call 0300 011 5680 or find out more at on our website.

Tell us about it!

If you’re planning to hold an event – whether it’s an Emmaus Meal, a frugal Fast Day lunch, a fundraiser, or a big card signing – Please let us know! We’d really love to see any pictures and stories so we can share these more widely on  our blog or in our Newsletter. Get in touch with us, your CAFOD diocesan team, at southwark@cafod.org.uk , tel: 01322 294924

You can give someone a lifeline this Lent by donating to our 2013 Lent appeal online.

Most importantly we ask you to hold Tabita and many others like her in your prayers this Lent. May their dignity be upheld and may they flourish throughout their lives.

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