Oliver Meade is a volunteer at CAFOD’s Southwark office. In this blog, he tells us about an amazing CAFOD volunteer day filled with International speakers and workshops on the 28th of April. Its not too late to book your ticket!
Workshops and inspirational speakers for volunteers
On the 28th of April, we are holding an exciting volunteer day at Romero House. We will be holding workshops to find out all about CAFOD, such as how we operate and why we work. There will also be two international guest speakers: Juan Carlos Gazol and Sister Clara. They will be talking about poorer communities in Nicaragua and Zambia respectively. It will be a fantastic day to meet other CAFOD supporters, pray together, and learn new things.
Who is Juan Carlos Gazol?
Juan Carlos Gazol was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and is a sociologist, lawyer and a CAFOD Programme Officer. He is now 33, but around 20 years ago, he went on a ‘campamento’ with other young people and experienced life in a rural community in northern Nicaragua. Despite living on a diet of beans and coffee, the people shared everything that they owned and would always try and help. Gazol was stunned at how these people lived without the opportunity for better education and access to basic social services, which the city provided. The difference was not shocking, rather it was inspiring. Gazol will be attending our volunteer day to tell about his humbling experience.
Who is Sister Clara?
Clara Manjase Phiri is from Zambia. She entered religious life in 2014 when she was missioned to do work experience in Mbala (Northern Zambia). She worked on a project called Households in Distress (H.I.D) project, which we financially support. In Clara’s words, “The project has been put in place to give support to the poorest and most vulnerable in response to our call as a congregation to help shape communities of gentleness, justice, and peace that witness to the healing, liberating, and empowering love of God. The project gives financial and material support that enables our beneficiaries to support themselves.” H.I.D along with CAFOD, provide people in rural communities with support such as high-quality farming equipment, entrepreneurial skills, and solar panels, so that they can run their businesses. Sister Clara will also be attending our volunteer day to share with us her time in Mbala.
What workshops will be featured for volunteers?
At 10:40, there will be a choice of three workshops: ‘Discover CAFOD: Our history and finance’, ‘Living Out the message of Pope Francis’, and ‘Let’s look closer at our international work – Juan Carlos’.
At 11;40, there will be a choice of four workshops: ‘Volunteering with CAFOD: Introduction to volunteering roles’, ‘International work with Sister Clara from Zambia’, ‘Campaigning: why, how, what’, ‘How to recruit a volunteer in your parish – creating a CAFOD group’
What else will the day comprise of?
We will be having a lunch together – please bring something to share.
Towards the end of the day, we will hold a Share the Journey walk around the Imperial War Museum Gardens. Want to attend the walk on the volunteer day? Click here!