Meet Jessica Garcia, one of our fantastic social media volunteers, living in London. She shares how working with CAFOD has reminded her that change for good is always possible, and how volunteering has allowed her creative juices to flow and reconnect her to her Catholic faith.
I’m Jessica Garcia and I’m from Spain. I’m 28 years old. I am currently a freelance journalist and creative and work in a restaurant. I’ve just finished my studies in development at Westminster University in London.
Due to my studies and professional background, I have been helping CAFOD on social media platforms, especially on Twitter.
I would say two things combined together. First, CAFOD represents my faith and secondly, I studied development so my aim was to work with an organisation dedicated to global development. However, the fact of Catholic faith was very important for me, as I am not doing it in a professional way, but in a personal/spiritual way too.
I was able to reconnect with my faith, as well as using my skills and creativity to spread CAFOD’s work and goals. The fact that I am free (within the norms) to use different pictures, videos, gifs, etc. it makes it more refreshing, as we need to attract more youth to keep our work going on, until we can eradicate the injustices other communities suffer.
I would say that coming from an African and Spanish background, all the online talks about South America or Africa were really refreshing to me. I have learned a lot from people working in country offices, and also with partners that work with CAFOD.
The pleasure is mine. CAFOD has helped me to regain that empathy that seemed lost because of how the world works nowadays. It was important for me to remember my Catholic values and to never give up on humanity. There are great souls around us. However, TV and social media has made us believe the human race is evil. So a lot of people like me, ended up thinking nothing would get better. CAFOD was a key element to remind me change is possible and the light always shines.
Thank you CAFOD, and the amazing people in the Southwark Team that guided me everyday Marine, Sarah and Celeste