Why East Africa needs you : a lunch-talk with Dc Tesfa Mahari.

Thank you to Streatham and Clapham United Nations Association who organised a simple lunch on Saturday, 29th April 1.00pm to find out why East Africa needs your help.

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A woman from South Sudan collecting wild leaves to eat. Photo by David Mutua

The event was held at the English Martyrs Church lower hall (2 Mitcham Lane, Streatham, SW16 6NN) to understand why East Africa needs us . Guests were invited to share a simple bread and cheese lunch, with a lecture that talks about the East African Famine.

The talk’s principal lecturer was Dr. Tesfa Mehari, from the International Business and Economics Department of the University of Greenwich. She discussed the causes, immediate needs and longer term solutions for the East African crisis.


Food distributions in South Sudan; Photos taken by David Mutua

This event aimed to raise funds and awareness for these communities suffering severely of hunger caused by long periods of drought. The proceeds from this event will be split between UNICEF and CAFOD. More information available here.

Our thanks goes out to Sarah and her United Nations Association group who organised this.

Nepal Earthquake Appeal


CAFOD has launched a £3 million emergency appeal following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a coalition of leading aid agencies of which CAFOD is part, has announced that it has received over £19 million in donations just a day after their Nepal Earthquake Appeal was launched. This exceeds the amounts donated to the Philippines Typhoon, Haiti Earthquake and Pakistan Floods Appeals within their first 24 hours.

Collapsed buildings in Swatha Square, Patan (one of the 3 districts of Kathmandu)

Collapsed buildings in Swatha Square, Patan (one of the 3 districts of Kathmandu)

CAFOD has provided £200,000 to our partner Caritas Nepal in order to provide shelter, food and sanitation to people affected by the earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday 25 April. More than eight million people’s lives (a quarter of the population) have been torn apart, over 5,000 have died and an estimated 6,700 people have been injured. We are particularly concerned for communities in remote areas that have not yet been reached and need to be ready to act quickly when access becomes possible.  Support will also be needed for the long term – long after the television cameras have left – to enable communities to rebuild their lives and plan for the future.


How you can help

1. Donate to the appeal online now>>>

2. Pray for all those affected:

Merciful and loving God,
we pray for our sisters and brothers in Nepal,
for those who have died,
and for those who mourn.

We ask that through your grace,
you may bless and comfort your people.
For those who are afraid;
bring peace,
for those who are toiling to save;
bring strength,
and for those who are lost;
bring shelter under the shadow of your wings.

Open our hearts Lord,
help us to be with your people
through our actions and prayers,
as we hold onto hope in you.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Rachel McCarthy/CAFOD

Find special prayers for the people of Nepal as well as intercessions that can be used in your parish at cafod.org.uk/Pray

3. Raise awareness by downloading the appeal poster>> and displaying it in your parish, school or group

4. Make you donation go further:

The Big Give website offers you the opportunity to make your donation to the CAFOD Nepal Earthquake Appeal go further. By using The Big Give website your donation could be doubled by the organisation’s match funders.

Donate using the Big Give website>>

Donations will be doubled up to £500 and are available on first come first serve basis depending on the number of match funders who contribute to the website.


If you would like to find out more about CAFOD’s response in Nepal, please visit cafod.org.uk/Nepal

Call to the Ebola Day of Prayer



CAFOD is holding a special Mass for the fight against Ebola at 10:30am on Sunday 14 December at The Annunciation and St Augustine Church, Beckenham Hill SE6 3PU. The church is a 5 minute bus ride from Beckenham Junction station. Please contact the CAFOD Southwark Office on 020 8466 9901 if you would like directions.

If you cannot attend but would like your parish to stand in solidarity with the Ebola-affected communities, you can find the special prayers and suggested readings on our website >>.

Find out more about Ebola and its impact on our brothers and sisters around the world >>.

This is a special weekend of solidarity with our global family and we are hoping for it to be spread across the country, in a united cry to God for His help in this time of crisis.

You can also donate to CAFOD’s Ebola Crisis Appeal  >>.