Thank you to everyone who came to the Hungry for Change campaign day on Saturday 2 November!
It was a great day, and it was wonderful to see so many people there. More than 70 CAFOD supporters from across the South East came together to share stories of their efforts and successes in supporting Hungry for Change over the past year and to find out more about the next steps in the ongoing campaign.
We stared off the day by joining together in an Emmaus Meal in which we listened to stories of CAFOD’s partners in Bangladesh and El Salvador, reflected on scripture and shared some tasty food.
After lunch we were joined by Father Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Blasco SJ, who described his work as parish priest in Santa Maria Chiquimula, Guatemala. The parish is part of western Guatemala’s ‘dry corridor’ – an area that experiences annual drought and food shortages. Year on year, the people living there struggle to ensure they have enough healthy food to eat.
Father Nacho told us how the parish and the small community of jesuit priests that run it work to help the people of the region, with CAFOD’s support. Projects they are involved with include working to improve educational facilities, providing training in more sustainable organic farming techniques, and providing young mothers with seeds to help improve their families’ food security by cultivating vegetable gardens.
Thanks again to Father Nacho, to everyone who came along to the campaign day and to all of you who have supported Hungry for Change over the past year. As the campaign continues to tackle world hunger, it will focus on the enormous effect climate change is having on the ability of poor agricultural communities to produce enough food to live healthily.
There are many ways to tackle climate change in our daily lives, such as switching to a sustainable energy provider or investing in ethical banking. You can find out more about the problems of climate change and what we as CAFOD supporters can do to make a difference by downloading CAFOD’s new report on climate change or by visiting the climate section of the CAFOD website.