How water pollution affects communities in Uganda and what you can do about it.

On Saturday 8th of September, we held a briefing for all CAFOD parish volunteers regarding our upcoming Harvest Family Fast Day. Mark Chamberlain was in attendance as our guest speaker for this occasion, sharing his knowledge about the water pollution crisis in Uganda. Ian Heams, from Mary Immaculate and St. Gregory Parish in High Barnet, writes about his experience at this event.

Longora collects water in her village, Moroto, Uganda.

Longora collects water in her village, Moroto, Uganda.

“In a detailed and passionate address to CAFOD supporters, Mark Chamberlain outlined the essential nature of water. He described the vital choices that have to be made in the absence of this common liquid that we so often take for granted here in the UK.”

The issue with water pollution in Uganda

“Focusing on the plight of people in the remote northern village of Moroto Uganda, Mark demonstrated the reasons why this issue has become the subject of this year’s Harvest appeal.

Find out how you can contribute to this year’s Harvest Family Fast Day

Mark recounted how the village population had been reduced to drinking the meagre supply of heavily polluted water from a nearby stream. He told the story of how this situation affected Longora, a pregnant woman expecting her child’s imminent birth during a four-year long drought.”

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Family Fast Day is coming: join us this September for a briefing.

With just over a month to go, it’s time to get ready for Family Fast Day. Join us for a briefing and find out more about what you can do to change lives with CAFOD’s help.

CAFOD speakers at mass for Family Fast Day

CAFOD speakers at mass for Family Fast Day

CAFOD’s 2018 Family Fast Day will be taking place on Friday 5th October. On Family Fast Day, you are invited  to have a frugal meal such as soup and donate the money you have saved to help your brothers and sisters in need.

Whether it’s holding a soup lunch or fundraising event in your parish, giving a short talk at Mass or spreading the word about Family Fast Day in your community, there is a lot you can do to help!

Join us for a briefing to be ready for Family Fast Day. During the briefing, you will hear more about CAFOD’s latest actions and receive all the information you need in order to be prepared for Family Fast Day.

Join us for a Family Fast Day briefing 

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Preparing for Fast Day: Fundraising in Your Parish

Harvest Fast Day is a day dedicated to raising funds to serve our brothers and sisters worldwide through CAFOD service projects. Fast Day currently focuses on our partners in El Salvador; this year’s Harvest Fast Day falls on Friday, 6 October 2017. Sidney Magdaong, a US intern for CAFOD, describes how you can get involved:

As Fast Day quickly approaches, the call to get involved grows ever so loudly. One of the ways I’ve been preparing is by spending the past few weeks contacting parish priests asking for their support in spreading the message of Fast Day and engaging in a Fast Day collection. To ensure that there is as much participation as possible for this year’s Fast Day, it is important that we get involved with our parishes by actively seeking ways to fundraise in support towards CAFOD’s mission.

Take a look at our resources for fundraising in your parish

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Edelmira, Martir, and their family in El Salvador

In case you’re wondering, what is CAFOD’s mission for Fast Day again? It starts with two farmers, Edelmira and Martir, who are trying to reintroduce seeds that are more suited to the tropical climates in El Salvador. The reason these seeds must be reintroduced is because some of the newly planted seeds purchased by other farmers have not been able to adapt well to the warm, rainy climate, resulting in poorer crop yields. CAFOD’s goal is to work with our partners Edelmira and Martir to help train and enable other farmers to utilize these advantageous seeds in order to harvest better, stronger crops to support their families. CAFOD is hosting various online webinars and briefings that fully narrate Edelmira’s story. The next online webinar will be Wednesday, 20 September from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Learn how you can share Edelmira’s story in your parish


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Edelmira and Martir in the crop fields

One of the biggest roles you can take to get involved with our mission is to be heard within your parish. Hanging up posters, speaking to your parish priest about a Fast Day collection, or inviting someone to read out the short story of Edelmira at Mass are huge contributions towards raising funds.

One important thing to remember: fundraising isn’t something that you do alone. Rather, it involves getting members of your parish involved with spirit and enthusiasm so as to work towards this goal in communion with one another. I’ve had the incredible experience of working alongside CAFOD staff and volunteers to promote Harvest Fast Day throughout the community, and the message has been ever-growing. And it’s not simply going around asking for money; it all starts with a voice that captures the essence of CAFOD’s mission for Fast Day, a voice that calls for standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters worldwide.